What's cooking/Capsule reviews March 30 

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The Lenny’s Sub Shop chain continues its expansion in the Little Rock market, opening a new location at 3421 Old Cantrell Road near Rebsamen Park Road in the Riverdale area. The phone is 661-9660, and the store offers catering. The original Lenny’s in Little Rock opened at 11401 Financial Centre Parkway next to the Embassy Suites Hotel. A third Lenny’s will be opening in this market in early April at 4517 JFK Blvd. There are Lenny’s Sub Shops in Searcy and West Memphis. The chain is found throughout the South and Nevada.

The date on Hooters’ arrival on McCain Mall is now penciled in as April 10, we’re told by an official with the restaurant. Meanwhile, also in the busy McCain area of North Little Rock, a Texas Roadhouse restaurant opened last week on Warden Road. Texas Roadhouse, which features ribs, steaks, margaritas and more, offers “call-ahead seating” by telephoning the eatery at 771-4230. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday. The chain has 255 stores, but this marks the first opening in Arkansas.

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UPDATE: PURPLE COW DINER The first thing you have to expect if you take in lunch on a weekend here with kid in tow is that everyone else probably will be doing the same, with at least one kid and more likely with the table of kids, or an entire youth soccer or basketball or baseball team. It’s kid-friendly, for sure, but it’s plenty adult-friendly, too. A new item on the menu caught our attention -– the Grilled Chicken Caesar sandwich -– mainly because the owners of the Purple Cow know how to make the perfect Caesar dressing (handed down through their days with the Restaurant Jacques and Suzanne bunch), and they also know how to make perfect sandwiches on bread or bun. The menu described it as messy, but maybe that’s aimed at the kids, because if this older, messy kid had a fairly easy time with it. And though we barely detected any dressing, the sandwich itself was tasty. Our dining companion chose an old faithful, the patty melt, which was up to the usual high standards. We stayed away this time from our usual sin, the double chocolate shake, but we did partake in a small hot fudge sundae, served the old-fashioned way in the silver sundae cup with Yarnell’s ice cream. When we arrived, we were told it might be a 30-minute wait, but it was closer to 10 – the waitstaff knows how to move quickly but still not make you feel rushed. It was a great way to spend a Saturday lunch, with a kid. 11602 Chenal Parkway. Beer, “adult” milkshakes. CC $-$$ 224-4433 BLD daily. (Also located at 8026 Cantrell Road, $-$$ 221-3555.)

UPDATE: TERRI-LYNN’S Since it’s been in business 45 years, you’d think we’d have already been here before, but this marked our first visit. And for a Tuesday lunch, it looked like half of West Little Rock was coming through here. It took a while to choose from the large menu offering barbecue, tamales, hot and cold sandwiches, pitas, hot dogs, plates and deli trays. We settled in for a chopped barbecue beef sandwich plate, with its two sides. The potato salad was great with plenty of chunks of potato and a deviled egg; if only the twisted plastic wrapper on the eggs didn’t yank so much of the tasty filling out when they’re unwrapped. The barbecue was a little on the dry side, but still had a nice smoky flavor. We probably could have gotten more sauce, but didn’t ask. Also, there’s no easy way to pick this plump sandwich up; eating with a fork is a must. Our lunch companion tried the hot reuben sandwich, which came a little light on the sauerkraut. Dessert was a very cold slice of pecan pie, the only item available. Save that dessert money and go next door to Baskin-Robbins. Terri-Lynn’s is open for dinner, but only until 6 p.m. 10102 Rodney Parham Road, 227-6371. $. CC. No alcohol. LD Tue.-Sat.



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