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4SQUARE DELI & GIFTS
Though the lunch emphasis is on healthy foods, 4 Square doesn't skimp on the desserts. All sandwiches and salads can be combined with the soup of the day, and for the kids, there's grilled cheese sandwich ($3.95) and PB&J. 405 President Clinton Ave. 291-1764

ALL AMERICAN WINGS
Their wings are their call to fame, which are served hot, mild, lemon peppered, original or barbecued. There's a variety of sides to choose from, including French fries, greens, baked beans, Mac and cheese. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 376-4000

ANDINA CAFE AND ROASTERY
Java is the main attraction, but a good selection of sandwiches, big salads and Italian sodas are available. Nice breakfast spot, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. 376-2326

BEST IMPRESSIONS
Soup, salads and sandwiches are always on the menu at the Arkansas Arts Center's café, and we've never had a bad soup of the day. But there are also excellent entrees like a salmon fillet served with pasta and bell peppers. Desserts include vanilla cheesecake with southern butter pecan caramel glaze and chantilly crème. 501 E. Ninth St. (inside Arkansas Arts Center) 907-5946

BIG WHISKEY'S AMERICAN BAR & GRILL
A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles—30 flat screen TVs, whiskey on tap, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E. Markham St. 324-2449

BILL STREET
Great name, cool place, creative menu–all in all, a not-too-bad start for the newest River Market haunt. 614 President Clinton Ave. 353-1724

BOSCOS
This River Market microbrewery does food well, too. Along with the tried and true, like sandwiches, burgers, steaks, big salads, and they have black bean and tamale entrées, open hearth pizza and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. 907-1881

BOULEVARD BREAD CO.
Fresh, tasty breads and pastries, and a wide selection of cheeses, meats and side dishes—all superb. Good coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. 374-1232

FORTY TWO
The Clinton Presidential Center's restaurant has great Sunday brunch, and it's a solid choice for a weekday lunch with innovative sandwiches, soups and salads. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 537-0042

CAJUN'S WHARF
This venerable seafood restaurant is an awesome place to go for great gumbo and oysters Bienville and other options including fine steaks. All served with some of the best nightly entertainment in town. 2400 Cantrell Rd. 375-5351

CAMP DAVID
Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, Camp David pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets every day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. I-30 and 6th Street. 975-2267

CAPITAL BAR & GRILL
A watering hole with mouth-watering food, swished-up Southern style pork confit, smoky gumbo, root vegetable pot pie and homemade Moon Pies. Capital idea: Sit by the big windows looking out on Markham with an organic martini and maybe some country pate and pumpkin jam. 111 W. Markham St. (inside Capital Hotel) 370-7013

CAPITOL BISTRO
Offers breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. 371-9575

CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE & GRILL
It's barbecue done right, although they serve up tasty burgers, sandwiches and fresh vegetables and salads, too. Popular with the politico crowd. 915 W. Capitol Ave. 372-4227

COAST CAFE
A variety of salads, smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, and there's breakfast and coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. 371-0164

COMMUNITY BAKERY
This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagel and the New York Times. Great lunchtime soups and sandwiches, too. 1200 Main St. 375-7105

COPPER GRILL AND GROCERY/COPPER GRILL
A sunny and ultra-modern restaurant in downtown's most chic condo tower offers comfort food (fried mac-and-cheese), burgers and sophisticated appetizers and entrees geared solidly for the middle of the dining spectrum. Great for a business lunch or celebratory dinner. 300 E. Third St. 375-3333

DAVE'S PLACE
Downtown's premier soup-and-sandwich lunch stop, and a little dinner spot on Friday night to give a little creative outlet to chef supreme David Williams. Beef, chicken and fish are served with a continental flair. 210 Center St. 372-3283

DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN
Call it soul food or down-home country cooking, as the family does. Just be sure to call us for supper when you go. Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway St. 371-0141

DOE'S EAT PLACE
A skid-row dive turned power brokers' watering hole, serving up huge steaks, great tamales, broiled shrimp and killer burgers. 1023 W. Markham St. 376-1195

DOWNTOWN DELI
A locally owned eatery, with bigger sandwiches and lower prices than most of its downtown chain competitors. Also, huge, loaded baked potatoes, soups and salads. 323 Center St. 372-3696

EJ'S EATS AND DRINKS
This hoagie shop serves generous burgers, sandwiches, homemade soups, potato chips and salads. Vegetarians can craft any number of acceptable meals from the flexible menu. 523 Center St. 666-3700

1515 CAFE
This bustling, business-suit filled breakfast and lunch spot, just across from the state Capitol, features old-fashioned, buffet-style home cookin' for a song. Inexpensive breakfast and lunch entrées, too. 1515 W. Seventh St. 376-1434

FILIBUSTERS
Offers an extensive Southern style lunch buffet, and in the evening, the downtown restaurant/lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere for casual wining and dining. Try their mouth-watering Legacy wings and delicious artichoke dip while sipping on a favorite drink. 625 W. Capitol Ave. (inside Legacy Hotel) 374-0100

FLIGHT DECK
Adjoins Central Flying Service. Offers daily lunch specials along with creative sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Grab a bite before your next flight or mosey on down and have a bite while watching the planes take off. 2301 Crisp Dr. (Central Flying Service at Adams Field) 375-3245

FLYING FISH
The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy, and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. The hamburgers are a hit. Wander on through the screen door and you'll find a slick team of cooks and servers doing a speedy job of serving big crowds. 511 President Clinton Ave. 375-3474

FLYING SAUCER
Beer, with dozens on tap, is the big draw at this popular River Market venue, but the food's good, too. Sandwiches, including a great Rueben, but salads, quesadillas and the bratwurst are dependable. 323 President Clinton Ave. 372-7468

FRANKE'S
Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. 400 Broadway Ave. (inside Regions Bank Building) 372-1919

LASSIS INN
This downtown restaurant focuses on fish—catfish, that is. So if you're looking for a burger, try Wendy's. Their cream cheese pound cake is as tasty as their catfish. 518 E. 27th St. 372-8714

MASON'S DELI AND GRILL
Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. The Reuben is among the best in town. There are wraps and chicken strips on the menu, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. 374-0000

SONNY WILLIAMS' STEAK ROOM
Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. Steaks are the best and the lump crabmeat au gratin appetizer is outstanding. Excellent wine list. 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999

SPORTS PAGE
Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. 372-1642

STICKY FINGERZ ROCK 'N' ROLL CHICKEN SHACK
Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches, burgers and salads in a fun setting for happy hour gatherings. Live music. 107 Commerce St. 372-7707

SUFFICIENT GROUNDS CAFÉ
Coffee your way, pastries and bagels for breakfast, while later chose from wraps, salads and sandwiches. 124 W. Capitol Ave. 372-1009

THE BOX
Dark as a Stone Age cave and funkier, this Main Street survivor dates back more than three decades and has the layers of grease on the floor and walls to prove it. Don't be deterred. They do cheeseburgers right. 1623 Main St. 372-8735

THE HOP DINER
A downtown reincarnation of an oldtime dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes and breakfast. Plus, daily specials, homemade pie and quiche. 201 E. Markham St. 244-0975

WILLY D'S DUELING PIANO BAR
Willy D's serves up a dinner of pastas and salads as a lead-in to its nightly sing-along piano show. 322 President Clinton Ave. 244-9550

YOUR MAMA'S GOOD FOOD
Now in more spacious quarters, but still offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill. 220 W. Fourth St. 372-1811

ASIAN

BANGKOK THAI CUISINE
Get all the staple Thai dishes at this River Market vendor. The red and green curries and the noodle soup stand out, in particular. 400 President Clinton Ave. 374-5105

BIG ON TOKYO
Japanese rice bowls with vegetables, chicken, beef, pork, egg rolls and other choices. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-6200

HANAROO SUSHI BAR
Under its second owner, it's one of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare with a bit of Korean mixed in. 205 W. Capitol Ave. 301-7900

NEW FUN REE
Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W. Seventh St. 664-6657

WASABI
Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. Located across from the Statehouse Convention Center. For lunch, there's quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. 374-0777

BARBECUE

SIMS BAR-B-QUE
Good spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway St. 372-6868

EUROPEAN/ETHNIC

ASHLEY'S
The premier restaurant in the refurbished Capital Hotel is best experienced by ordering the $75 five-course dinner, each course accompanied by an interesting wine. Perfect seafood, unusual ingredients, careful cooking and gorgeous presentation make it a feast for eyes, mind and stomach. The power breakfast crowd can go for chocolate French toast or buckwheat sourdough pancakes, among other upscale takes on humble morning foods. Lunch is a $25 prix fixe affair from a shorter, but interesting menu full of interesting ideas (smoky sweet potato soup with rock shrimp and porcini mushrooms, to name one.) Incredible wine list. 111 W. Markham St. (inside Capital Hotel) 374-7474

DIZZY'S GYPSY BISTRO
While sporting new digs, this downtown restaurant's menu is as cool as ever, with all sorts of surprises like "Lindsay's Salad Made with Exorbitantly Expensive Ingredients" and, for the literature lover, "Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Black Bean Soup." 200 River Market Ave. 375-3500

LULAV EATERY
A Mediterranean-California fusion eatery, and the delicious flavors are like none you'll experience anywhere in the city. Good fish, veal, daring salads and much more. 220A W. Sixth St. 374-5100

MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE
Gyros, falafel and souvlaki plates, as well as hummus, tabouleh, eggplant dip and other dishes—wonderful food at wonderful prices. 400 President Clinton Ave. 372-1662

UNDERGROUND PUB
Hearty, tasty British pub-style fare, including exceptional custom-made sausages, crunchy fish and chips and a decent Reuben. Inviting bar with an impressive draft beer and single-malt whiskey selection. 500 President Clinton Ave. 707-2537

ITALIAN

CAPRICCIO GRILL ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE
Large portions are the rule here, although the menu is not exclusively Italian as the name might suggest. Steaks, soups and seafood are good choices. 3 Statehouse Pl. (inside Peabody Hotel) 399-8000

CIAO
Don't forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. 372-0238

GUSANO'S
They make a tomato-loving, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza the way it's done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it's worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. 374-1441

IRIANA'S
Unbelievably generous thick-crust pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads and the grinders are great—we recommend Italian sausage. 201 E. Markham St. 374-3656

LARRY'S PIZZA
The buffet is the way to go—fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. An popular lunch spot on weekdays at 12th and Center. 372-6004

PASTA JACK'S ITALIAN
This spot is a nice addition to an already-diverse selection of choices in the River Market. For a quick Italian lunch, it's a pretty good bet—it truly is a bargain lunch spot. 400 President Clinton Ave. 372-370

US PIZZA AND SALAD EXPRESS
A downtown offshoot of the original with a distilled menu that includes pizza, salad and sandwiches. Call in pizza orders early. 402 S. Louisiana St. 374-5561

VINO'S
This great rock 'n' roll club is also a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. Seventh St. 375-8466

MEXICAN

CASA MANANA TAQUERIA
Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a good selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 400 President Clinton Ave. 372-6637

COTIJA'S MEXICAN GRILL
A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree has opened downtown, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials. Look for the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fiery-hot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. 244-0733

JUANITA'S
Menu includes a variety of combination entrée choices—enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such—plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the "Blue Mesa" cheese dip. Frequent live music in the bar.1300 Main St. 372-1228

RUMBA MEXI-CUBAN KITCHEN
Don't forget that this popular bar and live music venue does a fine job with its creative, Latin-themed food – particularly the entrees. The "Ay Caramba" Mexican casserole is cheesy and easy to love. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090

THE FLYING BURRITO
A trendy-looking walk-up-and-order spot in the River Market district for tacos, burritos and the like, with various styles of tortillas and add-ons. The bar is impressive, too. 300 President Clinton Ave. 372-7272

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