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Besides its regular menu offerings, Seasons in the Heights offers a daily lunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $7.25 for all you can eat. On a recent Friday, the menu featured fried catfish with french fries, lasagna, chicken and dressing, garlic mashed potatoes, hummus, baked brie and assorted desserts. Call 537-2242 for more information. Seasons is in the Prospect Terrace building on North University Avenue.

The recent announcement that Jerry Barakat was planning an upscale steakhouse, Arthur’s, for West Little Rock in his Rahling Road culinary fiefdom got us checking on the ever-circulating rumors that either a Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar or a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is planned for the western edge of the city too. Barakat always seems a step ahead of a major franchise trying to come into the market with a new offering. Well, despite even a published report in another weekly newspaper last year reporting an impending arrival, a spokeswoman for Fleming’s tells us there are no plans for a Little Rock franchise. While we didn’t get a call back on Ruth’s Chris from the home office, there is no news indicating a franchise for Little Rock at this time.

 

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UPDATE: IGIBON Though this writer used to define uncooked fish — no matter how pretty it was duded up — as “bait,” I must admit that I’ve developed quite a taste for sushi in the last few years. While I still can’t bring myself to eat anything involving fish eggs or eel (though at times, I’ve admittedly eaten some things I couldn’t readily identify) I’ve come to love these expensive little morsels of pure, the-way-God-made-’em flavor. Which brings me to one of my favorite haunts when I’m in the mood for something raw: Igibon Japanese Food House, in the Market Place Shopping Center. Cozy, fresh and friendly, it’s a great place for sushi lovers, and just as good for everyone else. On a recent visit, I tried the Sushi reguar (that’s exactly how the menu spells it, and it’s $14.95) and was presented with a mammoth helping of the good stuff: pink tuna, bright salmon, shrimp, octopus and others. A companion, meanwhile, tried the combination bento box ($13.95) and was dumbstruck at the size of the portion: huge mounds of chicken Katsu, shrimp tempura and three big pieces of sushi, all served with a nice miso soup. Pricey, yes. But you definitely get what you pay for. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Suite A-13. Full bar. CC. $$-$$$. LD. 217-8888. Mon.-Sat.

n Besides its regular menu offerings, Seasons in the Heights offers a daily lunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $7.25 for all you can eat. On a recent Friday, the menu featured fried catfish with french fries, lasagna, chicken and dressing, garlic mashed potatoes, hummus, baked brie and assorted desserts. Call 537-2242 for more information. Seasons is in the Prospect Terrace building on North University Avenue.

n The recent announcement that Jerry Barakat was planning an upscale steakhouse, Arthur’s, for West Little Rock in his Rahling Road culinary fiefdom got us checking on the ever-circulating rumors that either a Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar or a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is planned for the western edge of the city too. Barakat always seems a step ahead of a major franchise trying to come into the market with a new offering. Well, despite even a published report in another weekly newspaper last year reporting an impending arrival, a spokeswoman for Fleming’s tells us there are no plans for a Little Rock franchise. While we didn’t get a call back on Ruth’s Chris from the home office, there is no news indicating a franchise for Little Rock at this time.

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