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Apr 13, 2009 01:52 PM

Little Rock Recs

I will be in Little Rock all week and am looking for some new places for both lunch and dinner in the downtown and/or financial district areas. On business and have been to some good spots here in the past, but just looking for some new ones.

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  1. Are we supposed to know what places you've already tried?

    FWIW, I'm very fond of Brave New Restaurant.

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    1. re: TLF

      sorry, we've been to loca luna a lot, which is good. and then just the restaurants really around the president clinton area. bosco's, sonny williams, flying saucer, etc.....but nothing down there is really anything to write home about. looking for some new spots. any clue about a place called fantastic china?

      1. re: gds682

        fantastic china is solid and typical but not special. flying fish (try the fried shrimp and oysters) in the rivermarket for lunch, get there early. Brave New for sure! Doe's for steak, tamales and shrimp. Whole Hog Cafe on Cantrell for the best bbq anywhere IMO.

        1. re: scotter

          ok, went to Brave New Restaurant again last night. the app special was wild mushrooms in Marsala wine reduction over local wild rice. to. die. for. over a pound of Maitake, shitake, oysters, chanterelles and some i'd never even seen. i was stuffed before our salads got there. (there is also a wild mushroom tart on the regular app menu, very good BTW). Peter Brave is a very generous chef, is ALWAYS at the helm of his open kitchen and checks on tables regularly. EAT THE VEAL. it's incredible.

    2. If you are still in town, best places for dinner in my opinion near downtown are:
      1. Ashley's at the Capital Hotel (3 course $49, expensive for little rock but definetely worth it), you are supposed to get a reservation, but i have not had trouble getting them (The chef, Lee Richardson was a James Beard semi-finalist this year)
      2. Restaurant Capeo (across the River in North Little Rock, but i think you can take the trolley), upscale Italian, I really like the braised lamb shank)

      If you have a car you might also consider Whole Hog Cafe for Barbecue (on Cantrell) or Ferneau's (in Hilcrest on Kavenaugh, new American)

      Also near Loca Luna is Faded Rose which is pretty good cajun fare (but i would choose any of the top two just picking near downtown favorites)