What's cooking/Capsule review, Feb. 8 

Kasia Pabian, who operates Super Suppers franchises in Little Rock, Hot Springs and Bryant, is bringing a store to North Little Rock.

The studio kitchen, with what the company describes as “Old World Tuscan” decor, will open Monday, Feb. 12, in the Lakehill Shopping Center in the Park Hill neighborhood of North Little Rock. The company offers fresh, chef-designed dinners at an average cost of $3 per serving. Customers sign up for a specified time or visit on “walk-in days” where no appointment is necessary, and can assemble up to a month’s worth of family-sized entrees in a session with sous chefs, choosing among 12 menu options. The options change monthly. Call-ahead pick-up ordering, curbside-to-go and “grab ’n go” purchasing also are available.

The new store’s phone number is 771-6900. The website is www.supersuppersnlr.com.

The Texas-based Super Suppers company, created by a Fort Worth Culinary School founder, Judie Byrd, has established more than 260 franchises in 40 states in the past four years, and Newsweek magazine called it the fastest growing meal assembly franchise in the nation.

Capsule review

UPDATE: RICK AND D’S FISHER’S CAFE I saw my first “cheeseburger” steak plate anywhere recently, but my mind was already set on revisiting Fisher’s barbecue. And sadly, the waitress couldn’t promise when it would be back on the menu as one of the specials. But, it does sound special, and right up my alley, just like everything at this spot, which hasn’t lost a beat since the new owners took over last year. It’s a testament that you still wait at least a minute or two if you arrive at noon (if you’re lucky enough to have found a parking spot), just as was the case when Cuz Fisher himself owned the place. Rick and Delana Green have left some of the more traditional Fisher’s offerings as they were, added some of their own twists, and thrown in a few more items that were in much demand out at their Market Cafe way east of the McCain hustle and bustle, such as hot tamales (with cheese and chili, the only way to go). It’s also a testament that breakfast is rated by longtime Fisher’s fans as being as good as they knew it before the Greens took over. They’ve gotten the biscuits right, and the omelets are cooked perfectly, and the bacon has the right crispness. And, for a couple of these folks we carried with us to lunch recently, breakfast is served until 4 p.m. So, while we went ’cue, our friends had biscuits and gravy and the rest of the morning works. We do wish they still had a choice of sliced pork over the chopped, but that style seems to have gone the way of most mid-20th century diners other than Fisher’s. The ’cue is pretty good for a place that offers everything from country-style plate lunches to tuna fish sandwiches. But it’s even better when a big plate of onion rings accompany the order. In those there’s been no change as best we can tell. They’re seasoned just right, you don’t even have to pour on more salt and pepper. Ketchup’s OK, but these perfect rings really deserve to be savored naked. Maybe it’s our mind playing tricks on us, but we think the slices of pie used to be bigger. We’re not sure the pies are as great as Mrs. Fisher’s were, in fact, but they’re darn good. They had a French silk slice that three of us went gaga over. We had hoped for coconut cream and got coconut meringue instead, but enjoyed every bit. There is care in the crust-making, we’re certain. Some of the elderly wait staff at Fisher’s have moved on; there’s a decided young look to the lasses. We’ll leave it at that, and not risk getting slapped by our wife for admitting any extra glances that way. They’re so friendly and welcoming, though, one let us bring in our own half-consumed Diet Coke and provided a glass and ice for it. It’s downright friendly right to the cash register, where you’re likely to encounter Delana. She welcomes any comments and aims to please. No wonder the place stays packed. 1919 E. Broadway, NLR. No alcohol. CC 374-5661 BLD Mon.-Fri. (close at 3 p.m.), B Sat. (close at 11 a.m.).



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