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Selected restaurants

Posted: June 26, 2014 at 1:57 a.m.

Tejas taco at The Fold.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Tex-Mex/Modern Mex/Southwestern

NEW! BAJA GRILL

5923 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 722-8920

A beloved Benton-based food truck gone brick-and-mortar offers an easygoing atmosphere and flavorful fare, including the don't-miss Cuban Burrito.

Lunch, dinner Monday-Friday. Alcohol permit pending. Bargain-moderate.

CANTINA LAREDO

Midtowne Little Rock shopping center, 207 N. University Ave., Little Rock, (501) 280-0407

Several flavorful items (including the zesty Tacos de Picadillo, hearty Tortas -- griddle-baked sandwiches -- and unique Quesadillas al Cangrejo with lump crab, goat cheese and mango ginger salsa) are recent additions to the menu of this upscale Tex-Mex chain.

Lunch, dinner daily; brunch Sun. Full bar. Corkage fee. Reservations (eight or more people). Moderate-expensive.

THE FOLD BOTANAS & BAR

3501 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 916-9706

This Riverdale hot-spot features upscale taco plates, ceviches and botanas (small plates) with a definite Southwestern kick -- and prices to match.

Lunch, dinner daily. Full bar. Moderate-expensive.

LOCAL LIME

17815 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, (501) 448-2226

The owners of nearby Big Orange have used that formula to create a superb Mexican/Southwestern menu focusing on fresh-ingredient taco plates and top-end margaritas.

Lunch, dinner Tue-Sun. Full bar. Moderate-expensive.

Weekend on 06/26/2014

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