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West Little Rock Dining Guide 

Like its shopping options, West Little Rock offers visitors seemingly endless dining choices. So no matter your taste—from first-rate prime rib, pasta, tempura shrimp to Thai ginger noodles or Indian samosas—you're sure to find it in West Little Rock.

AMERICAN

APPLEBEE'S
A vast menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas and appetizers, served in a pleasant setting. 12110 Chenal Pkwy. 954-8444

ARTHUR'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE
Restaurateur Jerry Barakat brings the classic New York steakhouse formula to Chenal Valley. The main event is prime beef, or even more expensive Australian wagyu beef. The steak's crusty on the outside, just right on the inside. There's a wide choice of seafood, too. The truffle fries are spectacular. Good wine list. 27 Rahling Circle. 821-1848

ATHLETIC CLUB
What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. Embassy Suites Hotel. 11301 Financial Centre Pkwy. 312-9000

BLACK ANGUS
Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 228-7800

BOBBY'S COUNTRY COOKIN'
One of the better lunch plates in the area—maybe the best fried chicken and pot roast around, and a changing daily casserole and tasty homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Rd. 224-9500

BUFFALO GRILL
The crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 400 N. Bowman Rd. 224-0012

BUTCHER SHOP
A lot has changed since 1981, when the Little Rock location debuted. The menu has expanded, but choose a steak and let the pros cook it. You'll be glad you did. 10825 Hermitage Rd. 312-2748

CAFÉ 201
This West Little Rock restaurant, located inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, offers classic American cuisine that includes an excellent steak choice. Locals and guests alike will enjoy the friendly service in a sophisticated atmosphere. Markham and Shackleford. 223-3000

COFFEE BEANERY CAFE
Come for the coffee, but stay for the lunchtime sandwiches and desserts. 17200 Chenal Pkwy. 821-7747

COMMUNITY BAKERY
This sunny bakery is a great place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too. 270 S. Shackleford Rd. 224-1656

COPELAND'S
The full-service restaurant chain started by the founder of Popeye's delivers the same good biscuits. You can eat red beans and rice for a price in the single digits or pay nearly $40 for a choice slab of ribeye, with crab, shrimp and fish in between. 2602 S. Shackleford Rd. 312-1616

DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS
A great variety of sandwiches, meal-sized salads and homemade soups, many of the items heart-smart. Great desserts, too. 11220 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 225-6893

DIXIE CAFE
Abundant vegetable choices that are inexpensive, wholesome, satisfying and dependable, with meats and fresh rolls to match. 10700 Rodney Parham Rd. 224-3728

FADED ROSE
The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. Multiple locations, including 400 N. Bowman Rd. 224-3377

FRANKE'S
Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 225-4487

GRUMPY'S TOO
Try the Wednesday night bonanza: large, fresh oysters on the half-shell and hefty shrimp for a quarter-a-pop. Rib special on Mondays. 1801 Green Mountain Dr. 225-3768

HEAVENLY HAM
Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or the sandwich. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 225-2136

HONEYBAKED HAM CO.
Their trademark ham is available by the sandwich, as is the great smoked turkey. There are lots of inexpensive side items and desserts. 9112 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 227-5555

JASON'S DELI
A huge selection of sandwiches (wraps, subs, po' boys and pitas), fresh salads and spuds, as well as red beans and rice and chicken pot pie. Plus a large selection of heart-healthy dishes. 301 N. Shackleford Rd. 954-8700

JAVA ROASTING CAFÉ COMPANY
Serving it up hot, flavored, iced or frozen, and if that's enough, there are original coffee creations like Tiger's Brew, made with dark chocolate and a touch of orange, or Snowberry, white chocolate and raspberry. For non-coffee drinkers, try a fresh smoothie or juice. Snuggle up to the Internet Bar while munching on a sandwich, salad or pastry. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 225-5282, and 12800 Chenal Pkwy. 228-5383

KRAZY MIKES SHRIMP N WINGS
This may be the only restaurant in the rock serving smoked bologna, and while the menu is limited, including shrimp, wings, catfish, ribs and more, the choices are tasty, fresh and homemade. Be ready to wait on yourself. If they're busy, you have to pick up you own order. 209 Bowman Rd. 907-6453

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON
Dark imitation Roadhouse, with cowboy paraphernalia and the soft glow of beer signs. Cowboys will feel at home with the beef, which is good but more like range beef than the high-dollar steakhouses. Big salads, too. 10901 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 227-8898

LUBY'S CAFETERIA
Generous portions of home-style food and a wider variety of meats and vegetables than most cafeterias. 12501 W. Markham St. 219-1567

MAGGIE MOOS
Looking for cold and rich dessert, this ice cream parlor offers a smorgasbord of flavors and toppings, cupcakes, shakes, dreamcakes and much more. 17821 Chenal Pkwy. 821-7609

MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB
The menu at this West Little Rock restaurant has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. 224-2010

McALISTERS DELI
Hefty deli sandwiches with good, no-nonsense cold cuts, quality breads and a large selection of meats and cheeses. Multiple locations: 12019 Westhaven Dr., 228-7727, and 9700 Rodney Parham Rd. 537-4848

MIMI'S CAFE
Breakfast is our meal of choice at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are big enough to last you through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Also, other middle-America comfort-style entrées from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Pkwy. 221-3883

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
Huge portions of well-grilled meats at decent prices, perfectly roasted rack of lamb and massive, succulent salmon. 105 Markham Park Dr. 221-7655

PURPLE COW DINER
1950s fare—cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes—at today's prices. 11602 Chenal Pkwy. 224-4433

RED LOBSTER
Top-grossing restaurant in Central Arkansas, a crowd favorite with fried and sautéed shrimp and other seafood. 8407 W. Markham St. 224-0940

RESTAURANT 1620
Steaks, chops, choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the choices on the menu at this popular and upscale bistro. It's a romantic, candlelit room, elegant without being fussy or overly formal. 1620 Market St. 221-1620

SAN FRANCISCO BREAD CO.
Breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, soups and a hot cup of Joe or iced tea. 101 S. Bowman Rd. 537-0200

SHORTY SMALL'S
Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 11100 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 224-3344

THE PANTRY
For something off the well-beaten restaurant path, this west Little Rock restaurant is offering what they call rustic European fare, including bratwurst, Chech potato dumping, red cabbage soup and more. But for those who want something a little closer to home, try their freshly ground hamburgers. 11401 N. Rodney Parham Rd. D 353-1875

WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN
Its primary focus is a sports bar with 50-plus TVs, but the dinner entrées (grilled chicken and steaks) are plentiful and the bar food is top quality. 215 N. Shackleford Rd. 224-7665

WINGSTOP
It's all about wings. The joint features eight flavors of chicken flappers, including mild, hot, Cajun and atomic, as well as specialty flavors like lemon pepper and teriyaki. 11321 W. Markham St. 224-9464

ASIAN

ASIA BUFFET
Sister to China King Buffet, with the delicious Mongolian grill, sushi, crab legs, Asian and American items. 801 S. Bowman Rd. 225-0095

CHI'S CHINESE EXPRESS
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. 17200 Chenal Pkwy. 821-8000

CHI'S DIM SUM & BISTRO
A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few delightful twists on the usual local offerings, plus there's authentic Hong Kong dim sum. #6 Shackleford Dr. 221-7737

FU LIN
Quality of the made-to-order entrées is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Rd. 225-8989

HUNAN ORIENTAL CUISINE
Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are prepared with care in very nice surroundings. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Dr. 223-9966

IGIBON
It's a complex place, where the food is always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The sushi is good, while the Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 217-8888

KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI
Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller for its sushi offerings. 11401 Financial Centre Pkwy. 225-5999

KOTO
Sushi and upscale Japanese cuisine. 17200 Chenal Pkwy. 821-7200

LILLY'S DIM SUM THEN SOME
Delectable Asian comfort food—fried or steamed dumplings and more in a variety of presentations. Thai ginger noodles, Thai panang and pad Thai are just a few of the highlights. 11121 Rodney Parham Rd. 716-2700

MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
The dean of Little Rock sushi bars with a fabulous lunch special. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 227-6498

PANDA GARDEN
Expansive buffet with sushi and a dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Rd. 224-8100

P. F. CHANG'S
Make a reservation to get seated immediately and enjoy some terrific flavors and presentations. 317 S. Shackleford Rd. 225-4424

SEKISUI
Fresh-tasting sushi, Japanese traditional or the fun hibachi-style, and an overwhelming assortment of entrées. Nice wine selection, sake, specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford Rd. 221-7070

BARBECUE

CHIP'S BARBECUE
Tasty barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with tangy sauce. Pie is tall and tasty. 9801 W. Markham St. 225-4346

CORKY'S RIBS & BBQ
The pulled pork is tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Dr. 954-7427

FAMOUS DAVE'S
A chain that runs gamut of 'cue and its relatives: chopped pork, beef brisket, barbeque chicken, rib tips, chicken tenders, hot link sausage, catfish fillets and hot wings. With an array of sauces purported to represent barbecue regions around the country. 225 N. Shackleford Rd. 221-3283

TERRI-LYNN'S BAR-B-Q AND DELI
High-quality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without (the better bargain). 10102 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 227-6371

EUROPEAN/ETHNIC

AMRUTH AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE
Nice spicy Indian dishes in a small but shiny storefront and at a price you can afford. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 224-4567

GAUCHO'S GRILL
A real flesh-fest dining experience, introducing the area to upscale South American cuisine. Stick with the chicken or red meat choices, pace yourself, and laugh when they suggest a rich dessert after partaking in this all-you-can-eat feast. 3 Rahling Circle 821-1814

LAYLA'S HALAL
Delicious Mediterranean fare—gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush—that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 227-7272

STAR OF INDIA
People who don't know if they like Indian food discover here that they do. It's always one of Little Rock's most highly regarded restaurants—great lamb, great curries, great chicken tandoori, great naan. 301 N. Shackleford Rd. 227-9900

TERRACE ON THE GREEN
This Greek-Italian-Thai-and-whatever restaurant has a huge menu, and you can rely on each dish to be good, some to be excellent. Portions are ample. 2200 Rodney Parham Rd. 217-9393

YA YA'S EUROBISTRO
The first eatery to open in the new Promenade at Chenal is a date-night affair, transforming comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Pkwy. 821-1144

ITALIAN

AMALFI
Traditional Northern Italian from veteran restauranteur Jerry Barakat. With impressive fresh fish and pasta options, a nice Italian wine selection and culinary flourishes that separate dishes from the norm. 27 Rahling Rd. 821-1814

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA
An upscale Italian chain restaurant located at the Promenade at Chenal offering a wide variety of tasty choices, such as grilled steak flatbread, lobster bisque, insalata rustica, seafood and much more. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. 821-2485

BRUNO'S LITTLE ITALY
This more-than-half-century-old establishment artfully balances innovation with its delicious traditional fare. The pizza is outstanding and service impeccable. 315 N. Bowman Rd. 224-4700

CARINO'S COUNTRY ITALIAN
A homey-chain joint, from the same people who brought you Macaroni Grill, offering irresistible Italian bread and affordable, tasty, substantial lunches and dinners. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Rd. 225-3434

DAMGOODE PIES
A somewhat different pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that's offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. Pick-up and delivery only. 10720 Rodney Parham Rd. 664-2239

OLIVE GARDEN
Chain restaurant with lots of basic favorites, and a great eat-til-you're-stuffed salad deal, if the pasta doesn't stuff you first. 10715 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 225-7673

PLAYTIME PIZZA
The fun is never rained out at Playtime Pizza, the $11 million, 65,000-square-foot kids paradise. While adults can visit the buffet table, youngsters can check out the games: indoor mini-golf, laser tag, go karts, arcade games and bumper cars. 600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop. 227-7529; www.playtimepizza.com

ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL
A chain restaurant with a large menu of pasta, chicken, beef, fish and specialty dishes with a corporate bent. Don't forget to try their breads. 11100 W. Markham St. 221-3150

SHOTGUN DAN'S
Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. 10923 W. Markham St. 224-9519

U.S. PIZZA
Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 9300 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 224-6300

VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Hearty, inexpensive, classic southern Italian dishes. Markham and Bowman. 219-2244

MEXICAN

CHILI'S GRILL AND BAR
You can put some Mexican flair into your meal or go for an all-American platter at this chain spot with a huge menu. 10700 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 224-0455

COZYMEL'S
A trendy Dallas-chain cantina with flaming cheese dip, cilantro pesto, mole, lamb and more. 10 Shackleford Dr. 954-7100

EL PORTON
Very good Mexican for the price and a wide-ranging menu of dinner plates. Tasty cheese dip and great service. 12111 W. Markham St. 223-8588

LA HACIENDA
Creative, fresh-tasting entrées and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 12315 Chenal Pkwy. 223-2716

MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL
This West Little Rock restaurant could be described as a "build-your-own-burrito" joint, with several tacos and nachos to chose from as well. Wash it down with a beer from their large selection. 12312 Chenal Pkwy. 223-3378

ON THE BORDER
Great Tex-Mex food, with guacamole made to order, and a menu that offers some specialty chicken, shrimp and fish dishes. The salsa is so good and we heartily recommend the Mercedes margarita. 11721 Chenal Pkwy. 217-9275

SENOR TEQUILA
Authentic dishes with great service and prices, and maybe the best margarita in town. Multiple locations: 1101 S. Bowman Rd. 954-7780 and 10300 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 224-5505

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