CATFISH CITY has left its location on JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock (it’s become a Mom and Pop’s Pizza), but plans a new location out west on Taylor Loop, off Highway 10, in April. Catfish City is now going by the moniker Catfish City and BBQ Grill (see the update on the revamped location on South University).
WILLY D’S This popular dueling piano bar by night is now back to serving up lunch by day, minus the piano. All the lunches we’ve tried were fairly large portions as they fill up the big 12-inch shallow bowls they’re served in. An all-beef chili dog with steak fries has been a hit with us. The large weiner comes with chili, mustard, relish and onions piled on. The steak fries are golden crisp, but bite into them and you might get burned with the hot potato. Filling out the bowl, you get about a double order of steak fries. With the dog or with other sandwich offerings, you can also choose from sweet potato fries (which we find a little hard to like), baked potato salad, grilled vegetables or a side salad. Cheeseburgers have not disappointed. And they also have a nachos appetizer made for a large full lunch with a choice of beef or chicken. A few other entrees like hamburger steak and Southwest chicken pasta are also offered, along with other lunch specials. Friday is catfish day. 322 President Clinton Ave., 244-9550, L Tue.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. $-$$ CC Full bar.
THAI DINER If your family likes good food that’s a little out of the ordinary and affordable, Thai Diner is the place to go. The appetizer menu offers mouth-watering items like squid; shrimp and lemongrass; fillets of beef dolled up with lime, chili pepper and cabbage leaves; spicy papaya salad; wonton "crab angels"; egg rolls, and more. Four soups are exponentially altered with varying meat additions; special entrees of soft-shell crabs, roasted duck and a shrimp, squid and chicken dish called Yum Woon Sen join less exotic but, in our experience, delicious offerings of Thai noodles and terrific curry-and-coconut-milk dishes in varying degrees of heat. There’s also a sushi menu, and two teens dug in to their servings of six California rolls (real sushi is on the menu, also) and crab wontons while the adults enjoyed chicken Panang (tender chunks of chicken and bell peppers in coconut milk and red curry paste), Pad See-U (flat noodles sauteed with broccoli, garlic and egg in a sweet black Thai soy sauce), and egg rolls (springrolls are also an option). Our glass of house Chardonnay left something to be desired, but the generous servings of excellent food and the tab for five of $47 overcame any criticism we might have had of the grape. This is a popular place for couples as well as families; you may end up waiting for a table a bit on a weekend night. 514 N. College Ave., 479-582-1804. LD Mon.-Sat. $$ CC Wine and beer.