Entries by Jay Ruud

Cracker Barrel

Review No. 127: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 525 Skyline Drive 501-327-6107 57.6 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: Before The Pancreas, we used to frequent Conway’s Cracker Barrel, or the “Barrel of Crack” as our family refers to it, because the food is so starchy, comforting and satisfying. I’m also […]

A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor Paul Feig (2018) I suspect that A Simple Favor is a movie you will either love or hate. It’s a movie that portrays some fairly awful crimes and behaviors in what you might call a “neo-noir” manner, but which is also unflaggingly humorous from beginning to end, a kind of black-humor crime story […]

Las Delicias on Oak

Review No. 126: Las Delicias 1120 West Oak Street (501) 358-7577 57.1 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said:Las Delicias has a couple of locations in Conway: One of them, on Old Morrilton Highway, opened a couple of years ago. The second, downtown on Oak Street, has only been open since August […]


Puzzle Marc Turtletaub (2018) How does this sound? An unhappy, unfulfilled, and unappreciated middle-aged housewife finds a refuge and escape from her humdrum life by putting together jigsaw puzzles. So…in a summer that featured Tom Cruise hanging from helicopters, Chris Pratt rescuing dinosaurs gone wild, and Josh Brolin killing off half of all life in […]

Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill

Review No. 125: Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill 120 Oak Street (501) 329-6454 57.1 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: One of life’s little treats is going out for Sunday dinner when your mom is in town. My Mom likes to eat healthy (she’s into quinoa, etc.), and she’s definitely a meat-eater. […]


Searching Aneesh Chaganty (2018) Unless you are a teenager, the new cyber-thriller Searchingnow in wide-release (though you won’t find it in Conway) will be novel to you when you realize that the entire film is presented through the media of screen technology—mostly laptops but also cell phones, television screens, and surveillance cameras. If in fact […]

Sumo Korean Kitchen and Ramen

Review No. 124: Sumo Korean Kitchen and Ramen 305 East Oak Street (501) 358-4392 56.9 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said:This building on Oak Street was the one-time location of Saigon and then of the short-lived “The Dive” restaurant. With faith that the “third time’s the charm,” Sumo has now opened, […]