Little Rock still hungers for '70s elegance

Dining out in the escargot days

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Even if you didn’t eat at Jacques & Suzanne in late 1970s Little Rock, you may have encountered a similarly ambitious continental restaurant in a mid-sized Southern city. These escargot-and-almondine destinations were instrumental in developing dining-out culture as states relaxed their alcohol service restrictions, and they set high the regional bar for elegance.

In other words, Chris Cranford’s new 30-minute documentary, “Elevated: How Jacques & Suzanne Lifted Little Rock’s Cuisine,” is relevant beyond Arkansas. But Cranford talked to The Food Section about what the institution (1975-1986) meant to his hometown.

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