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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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News from The Root: Pie Bake-Off This Saturday, Expansion Update


The Root’s 2nd Annual Pie Bake-Off is this Saturday, April 16th at 4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bake their best traditional pie for judges and to bring copies of the recipe to swap with other bakers.

I’ll be helping out with the judging this year, along with the Arkansas Literary Festival speaker Harrison Scott Key, baker extraordinaire Zara Abbasi Wilkerson, and the Democrat-Gazette’s Eric Harrison. We’ll be awarding five Blue Ribbons and one Best-in-Show.

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. To do so, just email: for more information.

Admission is free for the contest, and The Root will have beer and other light refreshments for purchase during the event.

You may have also noticed some changes in regards to expansion are going on over at The Root. Says co-owner Corri Sundell, “Four shipping containers have been installed (out of eight total). They will become the new dining room (visible from Main Street) and one in back that will be a new walk-in cooler. The other four will be ready in about a month, and those will become a new kitchen and an office. We’ll be adding a second bathroom as well. Once the expansion is finished, The Root will be doing dinner four nights a week and also expanding our catering, baking, and canning and food preservation programs. In the meantime, we’re doing dinner twice a month–a ticketed prix-fixe dinner the 2nd Friday of each month and a counter dinner every 4th Friday as part of the new neighborhood event SoMa 4th Fridays.”


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