Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.
Midtown offers its own unique culinary highlights and is a great place for those looking for home-cooked catfish and all the trimmings, killer smoked burgers, gourmet Mexican or authentic Vietnamese.
BOULEVARD BREAD CO.
Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes—all superb. Good coffee, too. 4301 W. Markham St. (inside UAMS) 526-6661
CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL
Fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickle relish and tast beef, pork and sausage sandwiches. 1817 S. University Ave. 663-7224
JIMMY'S SERIOUS SANDWICHES
Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts. Chicken salad's among the best in town. Get there early for lunch. The Garden Sandwich is an award winner. 5116 W. Markham St. 666-3354
Offering an eclectic blend of American and ethnic cuisine using only the freshest ingredients prepared by their outstanding culinary staff and served by the friendliest people in town. 925 S. University Ave. (inside Hilton Metro Center) 664-5020
The IHOP continues to please, whether selecting from its breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Good and fast—whether it's 4 p.m. or 4 a.m. 101 N. University Ave. 664-2014
Gumbo, red beans and rice, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell. Good po' boys and ice cold beer. 3003 W. Markham St. 666-7100
Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. 664-6444
A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there's authentic Hong Kong dim sum. 5110 W. Markham St. 604-7777
This Park Plaza Mall staple has fast, friendly service, offering up good lo mien at lunch, and Cantonese and Hunan dishes. Markham and University. 663-9099
Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang's. It's fun and offers all the Asian favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, Dan Dan noodles and Pad Thai. You order from the cashier, get your own tea, silver ware and fortune cookies, and they bring you piping hot food to your cozy table. Markham and University. 280-9423
GRADY'S PIZZAS AND SUBS
Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. The grinder is a classic, the chef's salad huge and tasty. 6801 W. 12th St. 663-1918
Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. 666-5403
This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you'd expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal décor to the well-prepared entrees. We can vouch for the enchilada Veracruz and the carne asada y huevos, both with tasty sauces and high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. 207 N. University Ave. 280-0407