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What's cooking Aydelotte’s has hired Rico Porter away from Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel. Porter, who was at Ashley’s for about 17 years, is renowned for his presentations and is well-versed in all culinary styles, says Aydelotte’s manager, Harvey Gardner. Also, Gardner says, new menus will be out in a week, while some items will be retained from the previous menu. In all, he said, the dinner menu will have 10 regular items with two or three featured entrees each night. Aydelotte’s is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch Saturday and Sunday. Jazz music is also featured Thursday through Saturday nights, and Gardner plans to move the music onto the patio in the fall. Guitarist/pianist Don Nichols, multi-instrumentalist Tommy East and saxophonist Michael Eubanks are among the musicians rotating in and out on the schedule. Call 975-5524. The Ice House Cafe in Sheridan now offers weekday lunch hours and a special lunch menu to go with the buffet feasts it serves up at night Thursday through Saturday. Janice Williams, who owns the Ice House with husband Ken, says lunch is a blue-plate-special style, and the Williamses use the small side of the building for lunch service. The big side of the Ice House accommodates the buffet crowd and the full seafood buffet. Sunday lunch also features a buffet, with catfish, fried chicken, chicken and dressing and plenty more. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lunch hours Monday through Friday are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 870-942-3712. Capsule review CROSS-EYED PIG The last time we ventured into Cross-Eyed Pig, we seem to recall eating loin-back ribs, but during a recent lunchtime visit to this spot, mostly known for its catering, we were presented a huge half-slab of spare ribs featuring the perfect — and we mean perfect — outer crust covering the moist, flavorful, smoky meat. They were pull-off-the-bone perfect ribs, in fact, none of that fall-apart-in-your-hands nonsense. Spare ribs are more fun to work with, old classic-style Delta barbecuers will tell you, and with more fat, they offer more flavor for the barbecuing contests. We thought we bit into a contest-style rib here, that’s for sure, and the half-slab was a mere $7.95. We could not have finished a full slab if we tried. Cross-Eyed’s smoked potato salad, very mayonnaisey with little or no mustard, has been copied of late by others locally, it’s so good, and the beans are a nice complement with their spicy flair. Pulled-pork sandwiches, chicken and more are available, and the meat is smoked fresh that morning, making lunch a pleasurable experience. The small dining room with a nice wood bar makes for a down-home Delta feel. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar. CC $$ 227-7427 LD Mon.-Sat.

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