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The Box on Little Rock’s West Seventh Street replicates the now-defunct restaurant on 17th Street that has been replaced by a Walgreens.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers’ visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
11900 Kanis Road, Suite D-10, Little Rock, (501) 221-9400
This easygoing and cheery establishment offers mostly sandwiches and salads with some standout specialties, including the cheese-and-bacon-smothered Chicken Oops and a well-seasoned Sirloin Strip.
Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Reservations. Bargain-moderate.
1023 W. Seventh St., Little Rock, (501) 372-8735
Owner Kelly Joiner brought back some of the decor, the original grill, the staff and the moist, juicy, flavorful, near-perfectly spiced burgers in reviving what had been his legendary 17th Street burger joint that closed to make room for a chain drugstore.
Lunch weekdays. Beer. Bargain-moderate.
1611 Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock, (501) 296-9535
Reliably good burgers and other family-friendly foods have been the main contributing factors to the original Riverdale location’s more than 30 years of satisfied customers.
Lunch-dinner daily. Full bar. Bargain-moderate.
CAPITAL BAR & GRILL
Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, (501) 374-7474
Chef Marc Guizol, who moved over from One Eleven at the Capital to take over the hotel’s “second” restaurant, has retained the core of the menu to keep regulars happy while making seasonal changes, additions and specials, coming out of a new kitchen installation that has doubled grill and oven capabilities.
Lunch, dinner daily. Full bar. Moderate-expensive.
CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS
2010 Van Buren St., Little Rock, (501) 663-5937
CHEERS IN MAUMELLE
1901 Club Manor Drive, Maumelle, (501) 851-6200
The enduring Heights neighborhood restaurant pays as much attention to the appetizers and side dishes as it does the excellent entrees, many with a New Orleans flair. Its Maumelle sibling is big, bustling and welcoming.
Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat, brunch Sun (Maumelle). Call-ahead seating (six or more, Maumelle location). Full bar. Corkage fee. Moderate.
7311 North Hills Blvd., Sherwood, (501) 834-1840
Heavenly home-cut fries, including sweet-potato fries, are a magnet for faithful patrons of this homey joint where the white chili (made with chicken breast, Great Northern beans and green chilies) is another wonder.
Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine. Bargain.
5601 Ranch Drive, Little Rock,
Top-flight tamales, soups, salads, burgers, pastas, pizzas and milkshakes served at aim-toplease prices by a cheerful staff at this casual eatery just off Cantrell Road in far west Little Rock.
Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Beer, wine. Reservations. Moderate.
SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL
2703 Lakewood Village, North Little Rock, (501) 812-0883
A broad menu of chicken, ribs, seafood, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and salads awaits diners at this Montana-fashioned restaurant where the charm falls somewhere between elegant lodge and hunter chic.
Lunch Sun, dinner daily. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate-expensive.
11100 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 224-3344
The original shack-styled location of what has become a troubled chain still offers substantial dinner platters, sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, ribs, steaks and fried appetizers, served by a staff dedicated to making sure you enjoy your meal.
Lunch, dinner daily, brunch Sun. Full bar. Call-ahead seating. Bargain-moderate.
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