The Neighborhood Is a Food Lover's Paradise

Within a few blocks of most residents' front doors, the neighborhood offers an impressive number and variety of eateries—European-influenced, down-home, New Orleans style, modern American, Tex-Mex and Mex-Mex, French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Cajun-Creole and Greek. Here's a partial list of restaurants along Kavanaugh Boulevard and nearby stretches of Rebsamen Park and Cantrell Roads.


A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Wonderful soups, fish entrees and an extensive wine list. On Mondays and Tuesdays get three courses for the fixed price of $23.50. It's a bargain, and now open for lunch. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar. 603-9630

After dinner, this is one of the best places in town to hear live music; especially well known for its live jazz, blues and other music picks. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1196

Boulevard Bread Co.
Fresh bread and pastries, a wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes, frozen and canned gourmet foods—all superb. Great coffee. 1620 N. Grant St. 663-5951 and 4301 W. Markham St. (inside UAMS) 526-6661

Brave New Restaurant
The food's great, portions large and prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work slicing, dicing and sautéing. It's great fun, and the fish is terrific. 2300 Cottondale Lane. 663-2677

Buffalo Grill
Great, crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburgers, hand-cut steaks and homemade fries star at this family-friendly stop. Enjoy the Riverdale restaurant with its spacious deck for lunch or dinner. 1611 Rebsamen Park Rd. 296-9535

Burge's Hickory Smoked Turkeys And Hams
Famous for its smoked turkeys and hams, but also offers tasty fried catfish and homemade fried pies. 5620 R St. 666-1660

By The Glass
Looking for a place to relax after a long day? This wine bar offers a selection of appetizers and hors d'oeuvre to nibble while sipping a favorite glass. Impressive list of American and imported wines. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9463

Cajun's Wharf
The venerable seafood restaurant has great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and other options like fine steaks. All served with some of the best nightly entertainment in town. 2400 Cantrell Rd. 375-5351

Offers good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian selection and salads at lunch, and fish specials and delicious steaks in the evening. This Heights restaurant is intimate and has a nice wine list. 2010 N. Van Buren St. 663-5937

Cupcakes On Kavanaugh
Offering a bevy of tempting, tasty cupcakes, designed to celebrate any occasion or to satisfy any craving. 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2253

A laidback wine and martini bar in Hillcrest, serving up appetizers, salads and tapas. Definitely the place to try a new wine or martini. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. 414-0409

Dixie Cafe
Abundant inexpensive vegetable choices that are wholesome and satisfying, with meats and fresh rolls to match. 1301 Rebsamen Park Rd. 663-9336

Faded Rose
The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Rd. 663-9734

Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival building in Hillcrest. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-9208

Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Shop
Looking to satisfy a sweet tooth? This shop has a yummy, flavorful answer. 5911 R St. 664-7888

Hillcrest Fountain
The first pool hall/games/sports-bar club to open in Hillcrest in years. Large selection of wine and beers, and occasionally they have live music. 2809 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-9818

This American icon 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. Corner of Markham and University. 664-2014

Jimmy's Serious Sandwiches
Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts. The chicken salad is among the best in town, but get there early for lunch. 5116 W. Markham St. 666-3354

Loca Luna
Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from its country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. "Gourmet plate lunches" are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Rd. 663-4666

Oyster Bar
Gumbo, red beans and rice, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell. Good po' boys. 3003 W. Markham St. 666-7100

Red Door
A relative newcomer to Riverdale, this restaurant features sophisticated modern Southern cuisine—steaks, seafood, hearty soups and creative salads. 3701 Old Cantrell Rd. 666-8482

Red Mango
Whether looking to cool down or recharge, this little shop offers fruit, tea-infused or power smoothies, tasty frozen yogurts, and iced-tea chillers. 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-2500

Salut Bistro
A New Orleans style restaurant serving comfort food with a French flare. For a tasty treat, consider the country shrimp and grits, rosemary barbeque shrimp or the cob salad. 1501 N. University Ave. (inside the Prospect Building) 660-4200

Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, agile service—a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-6468

So Restaurant Bar
A charming upscale restaurant and bar located in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Offerings range from salads and sandwiches to a four-course meal featuring seafood. Large deck for al fresco dining and brunch on Sunday. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1464

The House
Delicious gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Cheap beer and good coffee too, in a quiet, relaxed setting. 722 N. Palm St. 663-4500

Town Pump
Daily soup specials at lunch and a juicy burger, plus tasty bar food. 1321 Rebsamen Park Rd. 663-9802

Vieux Carre
Selection ranges from Cajun and Creole to French, Italian, Southwest and just plain Southern. Come hungry. Don't forget to save room for the chocolate crème brulée. Great Sunday jazz brunch. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1196


Fantastic China
The food is fresh and delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive and the service perfect. 1900 N. Grant St. 663-8999

Pei Wei
It's fun and offers all the P.F. Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, Dan Dan noodles and Pad Thai. You order from the cashier, get your own tea, silverware and fortune cookies, and they bring the food to you. Markham and University. 280-9423

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse
The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Rd. 666-7070

Sushi Cafe
Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Toyko cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9888


Cross-Eyed Pig
Huge portions of marvelous barbecue, including amazingly tender pulled-pork; lean-and-meaty, fall-off-the-bone ribs; and crusty-brown, juicy half-chickens. 1701 Rebsamen Park Rd. 265-0000

Whole Hog Cafe
The pulled pork shoulder is classic, back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and beef brisket is cooked the way Texans like it— served with a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. World and state barbecue cook-off champion. 2516 Cantrell Rd. 664-5025


Cafe Bossa Nova
A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing teas and coffees. Great brunch on Sunday. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-6682

Ciao Baci
The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, although many come for the comfortable lounge that serves specialty drinks until 2 a.m. nightly. 605 N. Beechwood St. 603-0238

Leo's Greek Castle
Wonderful Mediterranean food—gyros or platters, falafel and tabouli—plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. Great breakfast spot. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-7414

Maddie's Place
A broad selection of familiar but not boring Cajun-Creole staples. Among the highlights: carefully prepared po' boys, gooey bread pudding and chicken-andouille gumbo with a lusciously dark roux. 1615 Rebsamen Park Rd. 660-4040

Terry's The Restaurant
Serving fine French cuisine in a bistro setting. Some of their delectable offerings include prime rib, duck confit or breast, and salmon—in other words, Terry's Finer Food grocery is their pantry. 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4154


Cafe Prego
Dependable entrées of pasta, pork and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings. Crisp, crunchy and cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-5355

Damgoode Pies
A somewhat different Italian pizza pie place, largely because of the spicy garlic white sauce that's offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2239

Pizza Café
Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of good stuff, and topped off with gooey cheese. Draft beer—frosty and generous—is appealing on the open-air deck. 1517 Rebsamen Park Rd. 664-6133

Pizza D'action
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

U.S. Pizza
Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. Two locations: 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-2198 and 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-7071

Za Za Fine Salad And Wood-Oven Pizza Company
For those looking for fresh, locally grown ingredients in their salads or on their pizzas, this Heights restaurant is the answer. Also serves a delicious handmade gelato and other desserts. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-9292


Cañon Grill
Pronounce it canyon grill, and order innovative and tasty appetizers or from the varied main course list. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2068

Cantina Laredo
Serving authentic Mexican such as fresh fish, grilled chicken and steaks. Be sure to check out their signature sauces, chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms, sauteéd artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers. 207 N. University Ave. 280-0407

La Hacienda
Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Rd. 661-0600



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