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What's cooking/Capsule reviews Sept. 7 

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San Francisco Bread Co. closed its downtown location at 101 Main St. last Friday, choosing not to renew the lease there. But an employee said the locally owned small chain — SFBC also has a location at West Markham and Bowman Road in West Little Rock — is looking for another downtown location.
We featured Cotham’s West in an update in the dining section last week, but the update was written before the restaurant closed last week. The owners of Gadwall’s Grill in Sherwood are planning to open a Gadwall’s in the former Cotham’s location at 14710 Cantrell Road.

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UPDATE: THE STOCK POT Don’t be fooled by the name — this River Market spot is known for its soups, but there’s plenty to choose from if you’d rather chew your lunch than drink it: sandwiches, seven salads, baked potatoes loaded with pretty much anything you can think of. We couldn’t decide, so we ordered a trio plate — three salads and a piece of focaccia bread. Our favorite was the broccoli salad, which included bacon, purple onion and red bell peppers in a creamy dressing. We also enjoyed a pasta salad made with spaghetti, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes. We didn’t care so much for the Greek-flavored couscous salad, which just wasn’t to our taste. The focaccia was delicious. And at $6.25, it was a good value for the money. 400 President Clinton Ave., 376-7687. L Mon.-Sat. $ CC

UPDATE: AMERICAN PIE PIZZA Word is this place hops at night, but it was blissfully quiet when we stopped by for lunch recently at the North Little Rock location. If you like U.S. Pizza, you’ll be happy with American Pie, which has a similar style and flavor. (We’re not complaining.) Our dining companion started with a “small” turkey salad — you can choose toppings for salads just as for pizza, and this “small” was pretty close to meal-size, in our book. Another point in American Pie’s favor is the availability of 8-inch pizzas, so you won’t end up with a lot of leftovers if you’re eating alone. We had a pie with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and onions, and it was delicious. Our companion had the Southwest chicken pizza, her usual, and if she didn’t finish it all, it was probably because the salad didn’t leave much room. Other choices include a muffaletta and seven other sandwiches. 4830 North Hills Blvd., 753-0081 (also 9709 Maumelle Blvd., 758-8800), LD daily. $.

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