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Dining in Downtown Little Rock

Fine Dining and American Restaurants in Downtown and the River Market

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Amanda Galiano

Downtown has become the focus of Little Rock and new restaurants pop up everyday. Navigating the food downtown can be a problem to the uninitiated as it seems there's a pizza joint, a bar or a grill on every corner. There are a lot of small chain restaurants downtown and a few locally owned businesses.

I've put an * by my personal faves, and you can add or read reviews.

Fine Dining

*Ashley's at the Capitol Hotel
111 W. Markham St., inside the Capital Hotel
6:30-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu. Friday to Saturday, same hours except open until 10 and no lunch Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun.
501-374-7474, Twitter
Probably the best fine dining in Little Rock. Try their brunch for a less expensive, elegant treat. $$$$
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Sonny Williams Steak Room
500 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 100
5 pm-11 pm Monday-Saturday (piano bar open late Friday and Saturday)
501-324-2999, Facebook
Some say this is the best steak in Little Rock. They also have seafood and other entrees. Elegant setting. $$$
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Lulav
220A W. Sixth St Mon-Fri 11am-2pm Monday-Friday, 5-10pm Tuesday-Saturday,10pm-1am Thursday-Saturday Live music and drinks.
501-374-5100, Twitter, Facebook
Lulav features a Mediterranean-California fusion menu with elegant decor. Great place for a romantic date or a night on the town. $$$
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Capriccio Grill Italian Steakhouse
3 Statehouse Plaza
6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Daily
501-399-8000
The menu is varied and always gets great reviews. Large portions and an elegant setting. $$$$
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Citywide fine dining

American

*4square Cafe and Gifts
405 President Clinton Ave
Mon-Thur 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
501-244-2622, Twitter
A gift shop with vegetarian soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches located in the River Market. One of the best places to get a vegan or gluten free lunch in the city. They can create custom gift baskets with Arkansas foods and gifts.
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Andina Cafe
433 E. 3rd Street
7 am-3 pm Monday, 7 am-6 pm Tuesday, 7 am-9 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday
501-376-2326, Facebook
Andina's if a coffee shop at the corner of the River Market but they also serve sandwiches, soups and salads. $
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Best Impressions
Arkansas Arts Center, 10th and Commerce streets
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
501-907-5646
This new American restaurant serves soups, sandwiches and a variety of entrees. The presentation of the meals meets the artful surrounding. $$
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Big Whiskey's
225 E. Markham
11 a.m. until midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday
501-324-2449
The French brasserie/bistro presents casual elegance. Peasant food in an elegant setting. $$$
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*Boulevard Bread
1920 N. Grant St.
7 am-7 pm. Monday-Saturday
501-374-1232, Facebook
This local chain offers bread, sandwiches and fresh pastries. They use local items whenever possible. $
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*The Box (The Burger Box)
1023 W 7th St.
501-372-8735
Some say the Box has the best burgers in the city. They have fresh cut fries and some other sandwiches too. $
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Brewsters 2 Cafe & Lounge
2725 S. Arch Street
10am-11am Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday-Sunday
501-301-7728
If you're looking for real soul food like yams, catfish and purple-hull peas, Brewsters does it well. $
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Brown Sugar Bakeshop
419 E. Third St.
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
501-372-4099, Twitter, Facebook
Great baked goods. They have a different selection everyday, and some very creative items. $
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Capital Bar and Grill
111 Markham St.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
501-374-7474, Twitter
Located in the Capital Hotel, this bar has sandwiches, lunch specials and live music. $$
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Camp David
Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, 600 Interstate 30, Little
501-975-2267
This restaurant offers themed buffets and Sunday brunches. $$
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Community Bakery
400 President Clinton Ave
7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday
501-375-7717
They have soups, salads and sandwiches for lunches and great pastries and bagels for breakfast. I think they have the best cakes in town! $
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Copper Grill
300 East 3rd Street
Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (limited menu from 2-5 p.m.)
501-375-3333, Facebook, Twitter
This modern setting is great for business casual lunches or romantic dinners. Offers a wide variety of choices. $$
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*Cotham's In The City
1401 West 3rd Street
501-370-9177, Facebook
Home of the famous, Food Network featured hubcap burgers, Cotham's is one of the best places to go to get a traditional southern lunch in the city. If you've never tried fried green tomatoes, try theirs. $
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*Dave's Place
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, Friday 5:30-whenever
501-372-3283, Twitter, Facebook
Dave's Place offers great sandwiches during the weekday for the lunch crowd, but on Friday nights, it gets kicked up for a creative dinner menu. $
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Dave and Ray's Downtown Diner
7 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
824 W Capitol Ave
501-372-8816, Facebook
Dave and Ray's offers a decent breakfast and lunch buffet with classic soul food like fried okra, fried chicken, yams and more. $
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David's Family Kitchen
2301 Broadway St
501-371-0141
David's Family kitchen serves soul food, like greens, fried chicken and all the home cooking southern grandmothers used to make. $

Dempsey Bakery
7 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
323 Cross Street
375-2257, Facebook
Specializing in gluten free and allergy free products, Dempsey's offers a variety of baked goods and a daily soup and sandwich special. $$
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*Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro
200 Commerce, Suite 150
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
501-375-3500, Facebook
Large menu with many choices, fun atmosphere and moderate prices make Dizzy's a great place to go for a casual dinner.
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Doe's Eat Place
1023 W. Markham St
11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5:30pm-9:30pm Monday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
501-376-1195, Facebook
Doe's is one place you can get a good steak downtown, but don't expect any frills. Their tamales and sandwiches are great too. President Clinton once frequented the restaurant. $$
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Dugan's Pub
401 E. Third St
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
501-244-0542, Facebook
Decent food that is a mix between typical Arkansas bar food and Irish fare. $$
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EJ's Eats and Drinks
523 Center Street
10:30 - 9:00 Monday – Thursday, 10:30 - 10:00 Friday
501-666-3700, Facebook
Sandwiches, burgers, wraps, soups and salads. Great for lunch. $

*Flying Fish
511 President Clinton Ave
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday-Sunday
501-375-3474
This place has no frills, but they have great fish. It's self service and hardware and plating leave a lot be desired, but the quirky decor and great food more than make up for it. $
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*Forty Two
Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave.
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Sunday Brunch 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
501-537-0042, Twitter
This restaurant in the Clinton Presidential Center offers an all you can eat salad bar, some elegant entrees and an excellent brunch. You do not have to pay library admission to eat here. $$
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*Franke's Cafeteria
400 W Capitol Ave
501-372-1919, Facebook
Good home cooking served cafeteria style. Stick with the plate values and it's a bargain. You can spend a lot eating a la carte. $$
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Jay's Pizza
510 Wright Avenue
501-372-9292
Owned by the former executive chef at the Governor's Mansion, this place serves up a pretty good pizza at a pretty good price.
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Larry's Pizza
1122 Center St
501-372-6004
Larry's has a great lunch buffet. Pizza is brought to your table. $

Lassis Inn
518 E 27th St
501-372-8714
Lassis Inn is one of the oldest restaurants in Little Rock, it's been open since 1931. They serve southern food in a casual atmosphere, and are well known for catfish and buffalo ribs (the fish kind of buffalo). $

*Loblolly Creamery in the Green Corner Store
1423 Main St
501-374-1111
Loblolly Creamery makes small batch ice cream, fizzy sodas, and other treats using localy ingredients whenever possible. They have some unique flavors and their ice cream is quite good. $

Maduro Cigar Bar
109 Main Street
501-374-3710, Facebook
Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge (pronounced Muh-der-row) is a boutique, latin-inspired cigar & martini bar.

Midtown Billards
1316 Main St
501-372-9990
Midtown is known for one of the places you can get a late night meal in Little Rock. They have a pretty good burger. $

Montego Cafe
315 Main St
501-372-1555, Facebook
Probably the only Caribbean/Jamaican restaurant in Little Rock.

Packet House Grill
1406 Cantrell Road
501-372-1578, Facebook
Located in the historic Packet House, serves modern, Southern cuisine in a historic Southern setting. A beautiful restaurant with an excellent menu. $$

*The River Market Hall
400 President Clinton Ave.
There are many restaurants inside the main River Market hall including Bangkok Thai, Big on Tokyo, Casa Manana Taqueria, Mason's Deli, Sweet Soul Southern Cuisine, Coast Cantina and Le Pops. With all this selection, you're bound to find something for every member of your family. $-$$
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The Root
1500 South Main St.
501-414-0423, Facebook
One of the few places in Little Rock that caters to vegetarians, the Root uses fresh, local ingredients. They are not purely vegetarian, they also use local meats and dairy products. Strong supporters of the local food movement. $$

*Sim's BBQ
2415 Broadway Street, 7601 Geyer Springs Rd, 1307 John Barrow Road
10am-11am Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday-Sunday
501-690-6370, 501-562-884, 501-224-2057
Good BBQ, plain atmosphere. The downtown one is pretty good, but the Sims location on Barrow is better, imho. $
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Yancey's Cafeteria
510 Wright Avenue
501-372-9292
Classic soul food, with pork chops, chicken, greens, cobblers, candied yams and more. It's one of the few restaurants that serves chitterlings.
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*Your Mama's Good Food
215 Center Street, in the Pyramid Building
501-372-1811.
Weekdays 10:30-2 p.m.
Inexpensive, fast and good food. This cafeteria style restaurant with authentic home cooking is sure to hit the spot with any Southerner. This one is a must eat. $
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Bars, Pubs, etc

Boscos
500 President Clinton Blvd.
11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday (kitchen closes around midnight)
501-907-1881
This chain is famous for the microbrews but they also have good food, much better than typical bar food. Moderate pricing.
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*The Flying Saucer
323 President Clinton Blvd
11 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday
501-372-7468
This favorite hangout of locals in downtown Little Rock is known for their beer but they also have sandwiches. It's not a family establishment but it is the place to be on Saturday night. $$
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Sticky Fingers Rock'N Roll Chicken Shack
107 S. Commerce St
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 4:30 p.m.-midnight Monday-Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday
501-372-7707
People don't come to Sticky Fingers for the food, they come for the great live music. The food is obviously secondary, but they do have standard bar food. Great atmosphere. $
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Willy D's Rock N'Roll Piano Bar
322 President Clinton Ave
501-244-9550
A dueling piano bar, the food is about average for bar food. Fun for a night out. They have hip-hop lounge downstairs. Cover charge. $$

Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar
300 River Market Ave. Ste. 1
501-246-4876. Facebook, Twitter
Sleek wine/beer bar with a good selection wines by the glass and beer. Light menu with appetizer-type dishes. $$

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