Readers’ Choice

Who’s brewing the best beer in the state? Where do you head for a Big Night Out? Which dentist do you trust with your pearly whites? Vote for your favorite local businesses in our annual “Best of” Readers’ Choice. Winners will be announced in our August issue! CLICK HERE TO VOTE

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Good Tasting

Crab Leg Combo Lulu’s Crab Boil, Little Rock OK, first things first: This is not a good spot for date night. Because if you order one of this Heights seafood joint’s signature crab boils—in our case, the Crab Leg Combo, a mouthwatering collection of snow crab legs, shrimp, red potatoes and corn on the cob—be…

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Bathing Beauties

SOPHISTICATED & SUBDUED  Maybe you’ve looked up at downtown high-rises, wondering what the top-floor penthouses might be like—the million-dollar views, the high-end everything, the elegant trappings of an urban retreat far above the street-level hustle and bustle. Suffice to say, pretty well everything you’ve imagined is probably true of this Little Rock penthouse. Owned by…

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Mountain Home

I DRIVE INTO THE Mountain Home area—best known, I believe, for being a former island surrounded by the waters of Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Norfork, the White River and the North Fork River—as the sun begins to set. I don’t think I’ve ever visited this corner of the Ozark Mountains before (is that a crime to…

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Table 28

I can’t find a place to park. Which is quite surprising, at least at first, especially considering this is west Little Rock, land of big boxes and bigger asphalt lots. And then I remember that the restaurant I’m heading to—the 3-year-old Table 28, housed in Vesuvio’s former location—is in a hotel (the recently renovated Burgundy…

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Worth it

At first glance, walking through Sundance Square in Fort Worth, I’m thinking I’m in a smaller, humbler Dallas. At night, the downtown lights illuminate the square, running up and down the sides of buildings and bouncing kaleidoscopically off the many-windowed storefronts. Small crowds gather in front of bars and lounges as if something is going…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

  FORGIVE THE GRANDIOSE STATEMENT, but stars don’t have meaning until they’re assigned it. Balls of burning gas and light, millions and millions miles distant, whose distance from one another calls—has always called—to mind concepts and imagery for those looking up. Scorpions and hunters, lions, and so forth. Not that they couldn’t be other things—not that…

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Growing Pains

THE FIRST TIME I CLAIMED ARKANSAS, it came as a surprise. I was at a Christmas party in my native state, Tennessee, when friends of friends asked the inevitable: “Where are you from?” They knew the party’s host had graduated from college in Kentucky, where we had met, and expected I would claim the Bluegrass State.…

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Yes to the dress

“FABRICS INSPIRE ME A LOT,” Tony Bowls says, caressing an irregularly cut piece of embossed neoprene. The designer, clad in a hoodie, slim pants and pointy YSL boots, is sitting in his west Little Rock office across from a mannequin in a beaded-bodice teal gown, the fabric draping effortlessly to the floor. Down the hall, there’s…

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The Gospel of Bigfoot

You’re disappointed you’re not afraid because it means you don’t believe. Not even a little bit. Not even down in your reptilian brain, which millions of years of evolution have trained to be frightened of things that go bump in the night. There is no moon, and the forest around you is black as tar except…

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A Walk in the Park

It’s raining. And not a cutesy little sprinkling that’s like kitten kisses on a summer morn. We’re talking a downpour with a 10-degree temperature drop. And I—having anxiously anticipated a day breezing by bathhouses and trekking along trails at Hot Springs National Park—am dressed in a pair of capris, a light jacket and some comfortable, grip-sole…

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