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Ethnic Restaurants in Downtown and the River Market

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Gusano's Pizza

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.

Japanese

*Hanaroo Sushi Bar
205 W Capitol Ave
11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday
501-301-7900, Facebook
The best place to get sushi downtown and one of the better places in Little Rock. Fun decor and a sushi bar. $$
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Wasabi
101 Main St
501-374-0777
Decent sushi, better location. Great for the casual sushi eaters who want to experience the River Market. $$
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Italian

Capriccio Grill Italian Steakhouse
3 Statehouse Plaza (Peabody Hotel)
6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Friday, Friday-Saturday open until 10 p.m., limited menu at some times during the day
501-906-4000
Steaks and other American options accompany some Italian dishes. The focus is more the grill than the Italian part. $$$$
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Ciao's Italian Restaurant
405 W 7th St
Weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 5:30 to 9 p.m.
501-372-0238, Facebook
One of the better places to eat Italian in Little Rock. $$$
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Gusano's Pizza
313 President Clinton Ave
11 am - whenever on Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. on Saturday
501-374-1441, Facebook
Famous for their Chicago-style pizza, they also make a great thin crust. Fun location right on the market and a great place to watch football games. $$
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*Iriana's Pizza
103 W Markham St
501-374-3656, Facebook
Iriana's makes pizza unlike anywhere else in Little Rock. Their sauce is unique and their crust is thick and delicious. $
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*Vino's
923 West 7th
501-375-8466, Facebook, Twitter
Known for their live music and microbrews, Vino's also makes a decent pizza. The fun atmosphere often features local bands. They were one of the first to offer microbrews in Little Rock. $.
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Mexican/Latin

*Rumba/Revolution
300 President Clinton Avenue
11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
501-823-0090, Twitter
Spicy "Mexi-Cuban" dishes in a fun atmosphere. $$
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Cotija's
406 Louisiana St
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Saturday
501-244-0733
Owned by the family that owns La Hacienda, this place offers a huge menu with all your authentic Mexican faves. $$
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Taqueria Samantha
300 Broadway Friday and Saturday nights, from 8 p.m.–2 a.m, Asher and Geyer Springs in front of Discount Carpet on weekdays
I know you guys think it's crazy to list a taco cart as a restaurant, but try this place and you'll never want to dine in again. Hours are variable, the one on Geyer Springs is the least variable, but if you see the Taqueria, stop and try it out. $
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*Juanita's
501-372-1228
11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Best known for the music, the also serve a decent Tex-Mex. It is one great place to hear live music downtown and on Friday and Saturday night, it's really hopping. $$
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