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The Heights abounds with a variety of restaurants, from Korean to straight-up American. The Sushi Cafe is always hopping and appeals to all sorts — from families to the young, hip set. You can enjoy an intimate tete-a-tete at Terry's, a neighborhood French bistro adjacent to a grocery, or a burger at Cheers down the street. Cheers also has a cozy party room in back where many a festive gathering has taken place. The red-glow ambiance at Fantastic China makes you feel like you're out of town, and the food has kept loyal patrons returning for years. Craving Tex-Mex? Go to the newly refurbished Browning's, which also has a buzzing sports bar. Pizza? ZaZa for upscale pies, U.S. Pizza for no-frills ones. For a little something sweet, there's yogurt at Red Mango or cupcakes at Cupcakes on Kavanaugh. For sandwiches, Burge's can't be beat (best Coke in town, too, by the way). Boulevard Bread Co. has the best bread and coffee around, tasty take-out and a nice front porch for enjoying it all.
It's pretty low-key at night unless there's an event happening, though those do happen with regularity — events like Happy Hour in the Heights, Holidays in the Heights and the Party on the Promenade. Otherwise, you won't see a lot of bustle on the streets past dark, save for the occasional roaming band of pre-teens or groups gathered at Starbucks. That said, Kavanaugh Boulevard is ideal for strolling, night or day, with wide sidewalks on either side and ample window-shopping. The aforementioned Browning's is evolving into somewhat of a nighttime hotspot with live music and lots of big-screen TVs for game-watching.
In the Heights, your every retail need can be met without ever leaving the neighborhood. From antiques to kids' clothes, you can find just what you're looking for and support local businesses in the process. For home decor, Cobblestone & Vine and the newly opened White Goat are the places to hit. Both have a European flair but appeal to different tastes. Little Rock's only remaining independent bookstore, WordsWorth, can also be found here and always warrants a visit. David Sedaris knows how worthwhile it is, having just held a signing there in the fall. Eggshells Kitchen Co. is known for its excellent selection of all things cooking-related and its wildly popular cooking classes, taught by visiting chefs and well-known local ones. Other prime shops include: Mrs. Polka Dot (monogramming and more), Ozark Outdoor, Heights Toy Center, Go! Running and Bella Boutique (bath and beauty).
And speaking of beauty, whether you're in search of a barbershop cut or full spa treatment, the Heights has both. Caracalla is one of the finest salons around, offering a range of services in a cool atmosphere, while Jerry's and Sullivan's both offer a traditional barber shop experience. Other salons include Fringe Benefits, Headwaves and Major D'Seyne. The number of salons is matched only by the number of banks and galleries. Each gallery is unique, representing a range of styles and artists. Along Kavanaugh, you'll find Stephano's, Local Colour, The Heights Gallery, Chroma Gallery, Boswell-Mourot Fine Art and, the most recent addition, L&L Beck.
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