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Old 12-14-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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Believe me, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants in Little Rock, and I'm sure there are in NW Arkansas as well. Shops, too. Apparently, and unfortunately, bchris hung out with people who frequented Chili's, the Olive Garden, and Walmart and he thinks everybody else does too.

Like I said, sad.

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Old 12-14-2009, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Believe me, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants in Little Rock, and I'm sure there are in NW Arkansas as well. Shops, too. Unfortunately bchris hung out with people who frequented Chili's, the Olive Garden, and Walmart and he thinks everybody else does too.

Like I said, sad.
Jenni, you are right, we have several very good, non chain restaurants here in NWA as well as upscale chains like Ruths Chris...For those who like Habachi sytle asian dining we have a couple of Shoguns for starters. Yes, we have botiques as well as Dillards, etc. No, we don't have as many choices as huge metro areas, but we have enough. Why does one need 10 top steak houses to choose from when three or four will have about every food choice one could hope to find?

Some people live with chips on their shoulders and nothing will knock those chips off. These people will never be completely satisfied and that is so sad.

Nita
 
Old 12-14-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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Jenni, you are right, we have several very good, non chain restaurants here in NWA as well as upscale chains like Ruths Chris...For those who like Habachi sytle asian dining we have a couple of Shoguns for starters. Yes, we have botiques as well as Dillards, etc. No, we don't have as many choices as huge metro areas, but we have enough. Why does one need 10 top steak houses to choose from when three or four will have about every food choice one could hope to find?

Some people live with chips on their shoulders and nothing will knock those chips off. These people will never be completely satisfied and that is so sad.

Nita
Eh, Benihana is better than Shogun so I wouldn't list that as a good non-chain restaurant. Ruth Chris is also the best steak in NWA (or least IMO). However, there are other fantastic non-chain restaurants in the area though. Too many to list.
 
Old 12-14-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Eh, Benihana is better than Shogun so I wouldn't list that as a good non-chain restaurant. Ruth Chris is also the best steak in NWA (or least IMO). However, there are other fantastic non-chain restaurants in the area though. Too many to list.
opinion my friend, opinion. Food is subjective. I haven't been to Benihanas for maybe 20 years, I do like Shoguns, the one in Fayetteville. The one is Bentonville or Rogers, whatever, isn't as good. again, my opinion. The same with PF Changs, (I think) we love it, some think it is overpriced and some think it is not good Asian food...

Nita
 
Old 12-14-2009, 03:35 PM
 
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Sexual orientation is not a protected status under the Equal Employment Opportunity Act.
It may still be protected if the employee manual says as much. Increasingly, I've come across employer policies that do have such protections.
 
Old 12-14-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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It may still be protected if the employee manual says as much. Increasingly, I've come across employer policies that do have such protections.
That is true, as there may be local/state laws that bar employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. I was responding, however, to a poster who indicated that the OP should've filed a complaint with the EEOC. This would've gotten the OP nowhere, however, as the EEOC enforces the EEOA, not state or local laws.
 
Old 12-14-2009, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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I used to work with people who liked to eat take out from Olive Garden for lunch, they seemed to like it but I don't think they thought it was fine dining.
The Shogun in Bentonville is weird looking.
I think the public transit system in Fort Smith is actually pretty good for a town of it's size. I just stayed next to the transit station in Portland. I was thinking something like a little grand central station but it was a parking lot with schedule/route signs where most of the buses all stop, basically what they are planning to do in Fort Smith If I'm not mistaken.
I'm not sure how extensive the transit system/s are in the towns to the north.

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Old 12-14-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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opinion my friend, opinion. Food is subjective. I haven't been to Benihanas for maybe 20 years, I do like Shoguns, the one in Fayetteville. The one is Bentonville or Rogers, whatever, isn't as good. again, my opinion. The same with PF Changs, (I think) we love it, some think it is overpriced and some think it is not good Asian food...

Nita
Maybe you're just speaking of the grill food because anyone that likes sushi usually agrees that Shoguns is not that great. Wait a minute, I thought we were talking about local non-chain restaurants? Wait a minute, how did we get into a restaurant discussion in the first place? I hope bchris is getting taste bud overload in NC since all the restaurants in AR are Chilis and Olive Garden.
 
Old 12-14-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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It may still be protected if the employee manual says as much. Increasingly, I've come across employer policies that do have such protections.
I worked for the State of Arkansas, which had strong anti-gay policies, as much as to include "don't ask don't tell" in their code of ethics. I never talked about such at work, but one time me and my ex went into a restaurant and my boss happened to be in there. Two weeks later I was fired. The reason I was given is that I wasn't a good fit for the position. They didn't give me anything specific that I had done to deserve termination, except for a slight reference to some stuff that happened back in early July (my termination was in September). To be fired at that point in time was for no other reason than because my boss saw me at that restaurant with my ex-boyfriend.

Even if sexual orientation was listed, if my boss was homophobic he could find a way to fire me. Things that most people would get a pass for as honest mistakes would be much more serious offenses for me. My boss was very homophobic because when I overheard a discussion of the possible Obama Employment Equality Act, I heard him say "I don't care what the law says, if one of my employees was a ***, I would fire him on the spot".
 
Old 12-14-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: The City of St. Louis
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I have a fair amount of travel under my belt, and the Boston Mountains in northern Arkansas (more specifically - the Buffalo National River) is probably the closest thing to heaven on Earth that I've found.

Then again, I don't know/care what the people are like, I love the scenery. All of the people I have interacted with in Arkansas have been friendly, despite my obvious lack of anything resembling a Southern accent. Too bad it is a 6 hour drive from St. Louis, or I'd spend many more weekends in the Natural State.
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