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It’s not just what’s cooking this week, but what we’re drinking: Mallards Bar in the Peabody-Little Rock will be featuring James McCartney, a Scotch Master, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. McCartney will present the “House of Walker,” the five levels of Johnny Walker Scotch.

Meanwhile, Nu Cuisine Lounge will feature the award-winning Ambullneo Vineyards at a private wine dinner at the restaurant on Wednesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include four courses, wine pairing, tax and gratuity. Steve Jones of Ambullneo Vineyards will discuss the company’s wine offerings. Call 378-7500 for reservations.


Look for the first Jim’s Razorback Pizza to open in Little Rock on Cantrell Road/Highway 10 on Dec. 5, with a second franchise to open later this month on Stagecoach Road near the Pulaski-Saline county line.

Razorback Pizza has been a fixture for so long in Fayetteville that its name predates the University of Arkansas’s marketing hold on the “Razorback” name.

Keith Hardin, a co-owner with his wife, Rebekah, of Nu Cuisine Lounge, is part of the ownership group bringing Jim’s Razorback Pizza to Little Rock. Graham Cobb is the operations director.

The first Jim’s Razorback Pizza will open in the Bella Rosa Commerce Center, 16101 Cantrell Road, and will have a sports feel for game days. The 3,000-square-foot location will have open seating in booths, tables and handmade banquettes, as well as a miniature basketball court for private parties and other events. A lounge area with over-stuffed leather couches and booths and coffee tables will have a 42-inch plasma TV. The main dining room will also have a 42-inch plasma TV and 110-inch high definition projection screen.

As for the food, look for classic thin crust, deep dish white and whole wheat crust pizzas. The store will open for Sunday brunch and have breakfast pizzas and mimosas.


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KIBB’S BARBECUE NO. 2 One of our fellow staffers can’t keep the two Kibbs barbecue joints straight in Stuttgart, but there is a difference, more in the surroundings than in the delicious ‘cue that both serve up. The Kibbs on Buerkle Street, which we updated in these pages a few months back, originally started here, while Kibbs Barbecue No. 2 sprang up when Mr. and Mrs. Kibble split (he first went to Pine Bluff, and set tongues a-wagging with his good ’cue there before returning to Stuttgart to sell his goods at Kibbs No. 2 on Park Avenue). Last Saturday, the joint on Park was hopping with folks who had stumbled out of Stuttgart’s fabled Duck Gumbo Cook-off up the street. Things had quieted down when we stopped in on Sunday for a lunch of ribs, beans, slaw and home-made fries, with a “mild sauce” that ventures closer to tangy hot (we love it). For just under $9, you get five nice rib bones and some pieces, with plenty of the fries (their big cuts halved) dumped on top of the ribs, which swim in the sauce. The slaw is the best around, with a slight sweet taste and not overly creamy. But the beans do the slaw one better in packing a nice, spicy punch. Top this all off with all the sweet tea you can drink, and Kibbs delivers just about as well as any barbecue joint could. Things tend to move a little slow in the service department; what’s the hurry with this food? Park and Harrison Sts. Beer. No CC $-$$. 870-673-2072 LD daily.

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