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Readers’ Guide to Great Desserts in Little Rock


Cheesecake at The Pantry

I asked it … “What is your favorite dessert at a Little Rock restaurant?” And you came through with 50+ suggestions of great desserts from around town. Check them out below, and if you do get a sweet tooth, definitely make sure with the restaurant beforehand, as some of these desserts are seasonal. Thank you to everyone who commented on the thread!

Any Pie or Cake at Alley Oops
My Take: This was the only suggestion that was mentioned multiple times but was never specific in which dessert to order. I’ve had the strawberry cake at AO and it was fantastic.

Apple Cheesecake at Baja Grill
Banana Cream Pie Milkshake at Big Orange

Blueberry Lemon Bread Pudding, Four-Layer Delight Pie (aka Possum Pie), Tres Leches at Bossa Nova
My Take: I’ve never had dessert at Bossa Nova, but after reading this thread, and it getting multiple suggestions, that will soon change.

Chocolate Creme Brûlée at Brave New Restaurant
Flourless Chocolate Cake at Bruno’s Little Italy
Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae at The Buffalo Grill
Chocolate Creme Brûlée at The Butcher Shop Steakhouse
Mexican Brownie at Cantina Laredo
Dark Chocolate Torte, Panna Cotta at Capeo

Banana Pudding at Capital Bar and Grill
My Take: 100% no bullshit here … this is the best dessert in Little Rock. Talk about insanely addictive.

Tres Leches at Chuy’s
Six Layer Chocolate Ganache Cake at Community Bakery
Cheesecake at Copeland’s
Hot Milk Cake at Dempsey Bakery

Churros at El Torito
My Take: This was my addition to the list, mainly because El Torito doesn’t get a lot of attention and their baked goods are legit.


Dessert Counter at Franke’s


Bread Pudding at The Faded Rose
Cinnamon Creme Pie, Peach Cobbler at Franke’s
Sour Cream Chocolate Cake at Heights Taco & Tamale Co.
Fudge Brownie Pie at Honey Pies
Bread Pudding, Strawberry Shortcake at Izzy’s

Ginger Cookies at kBird
My Take: They don’t always bake them, but if you see a jar of ginger cookies sitting by the register, buy them all and thank me later.

Cappuccino Creme Brûlée at Kemuri

Ginger Cookie at kBird

Ginger Cookie at kBird


Bread Pudding, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie at Maddie’s Place
My Take: I can only vouch for the bread pudding, but it’s truly glorious.

Baklava at Mama’s Gyros Grill
Chocolate Banana Muffin at Mylo Coffee Co.

Pom Pom Pom at One Eleven
My Take: There should be like 20 desserts from One Eleven included on this list.

Ice Box Pie at Oyster Bar

Apple Torte, Cheesecake, Chocolate Salami, Nutella Creme Brûlée at The Pantry
My Take: The cheesecake got the most mentions on this thread, as it should. If you’ve never had it, just get it. Simple, plain, and no added toppings. The magic is in the crust.

Brownie, Fudge Ice Cream Pecan Ball at The Pizzeria
Chocolate Creme Brûlée at Cafe Prego
Shakes at Purple Cow
Chocolate Sack, Tres Leches at SO
Banana cake at Soul Fish

Fudge Brownie Pie at Honey Pies

Fudge Brownie Pie at Honey Pies


Sticky Toffee Pudding at Table 28
My Take: Surprised there was no mention of Chef Rains’ s’mores dessert. Consider this the official mention.

Chocolate Creme Brûlée at The Terrace

Arkansas Strawberry Shortcake, Bailey’s Cheesecake, Banana Delight, Raspberry Cream Pie at Trio’s
My Take: They take a freaking tray around after every meal, so you knew Trio’s would land on this list multiple times. I think the strawberry shortcake is a tad overrated. Pro tip…order the banana delight and top it with strawberries.

Phyllo-Wrapped Brownie at YaYa’s
Gelato at ZAZA

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Around Town: Good Bye, Ashley’s


By now, you’ve heard that Little Rock’s iconic Ashley’s (located inside The Capital Hotel) is shutting its doors after brunch service on May 4. The closure is probably for the best. I don’t know a single soul who dines at the restaurant even on a semi-regular basis (although rumor has it these people exist). While the food is top-notch, the stuffy atmosphere and “fine dining only” feel has left the restaurant, in a sense, behind the times.

But fear not, the closure isn’t permanent. Change is coming … and sometimes change is a good thing. After a 2-3 month hiatus, expect a much more modern interior, equipped with beautiful hardwood floors. Pieces of wall art will replace the numerous mirrors. Gold fixtures will be gone. Kitchen will be gutted.

The Ashley’s name? Probably gone as well.

My guess is that super chef Joël Antunes will continue to shine in the kitchen, much like he has before and as he did the other night with our group of bloggers/writers. After hotel staff informed us of the impending physical changes to the interior, the chef came out and delivered an elite tasting menu.

Chef Antunes, a quiet, all-business type fellow, demonstrated superior execution on dishes such as: yellow fin tuna tartare with avocado, asparagus soup, and seared scallops with potato gnocchi, artichokes and sundried tomatoes. His closing act for the evening, a chocolate soufflé, was easily among the best desserts in our town.

Little Rock is not a town that enjoys change, but I for one am quite excited about the activity going on inside one of the city’s most historic structures.

It will be very interesting to see how everything plays out. Don’t you think?

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Buzz Word: Loblolly’s Dark Chocolate Sorbet

 2013-09-14 09.26.22I will post a “buzz word” on The Mighty Rib Facebook page–then ask for reader suggestions for one dish that includes the word. One is randomly picked, dish is eaten, and review is written.

Welcome to our latest edition of “What Ashli Suggests I Eat.” I jest, but that’s now two Buzz Words in a row for Ashli. And I swear it was random!

Our latest word was chocolate. This represents the first time I’ve gone with a dessert-heavy ingredient, although I was very interested to see if any savory entree suggestions would make their way into the comment box. Sure enough, Local Lime’s fantastic chicken mole enchiladas made an appearance. What a wonderful dish, but that’s a post for another time.

This entry is all about the dark chocolate sorbet from Loblolly Creamery. To no one’s surprise, the frozen treat was wonderful, just like everything else Loblolly churns out. The sorbet was a beautiful deep brown and had a very rich, dark chocolate flavor.  The icy texture quickly melted into a bowl of soft decadence. If you’re having a hard time imagining the taste, just think of a much more awesome version of a Fudgesicle.

It was devine! Regretfully, I only purchased one pint at the Argenta Market (side note: this was another great tip from Ashli–Loblolly’s products are sold here). The scoop you see pictured above was my only taste. My 9-year-old daughter got her grubby little hands on the rest.

One other side note, you can also find this sorbet pop up on South on Main’s dessert menu. Just the other night, I saw a scoop resting atop one of head pastry chef Matthew Lowman’s “jar” creations.

So, there you have it…short and SWEET: Loblolly’s dark chocolate sorbet was fantastic. But you already knew that.

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