The second installment in my Little Rock, Arkansas trip is a visit to the Community Bakery. I heard of this bakery from a gal working at the hotel where we stayed. She said they had the best donuts in town, even better than Krispy Kreme. Folks in Little Rock seem to compare all donuts to Krispy Kreme.
I headed out with my hubby to Community Bakery, which is located in the SOMA, Southside Main Street, neighborhood. An antique store and an art gallery were located nearby and plenty of people were out walking in the neighborhood, some looked to be on the way to work. It was a delightful neighborhood, just barely removed from downtown.
Community Bakery is definitely more a bakery than a donut shop, however the variety of donuts available was substantial. This was the first bakery or donut shop I have visited that offered beignets. We definitely had to get one of those!
John also picked a cream cheese, orange zest filled donut, a chocolate old fashioned, a regular old fashioned, a glazed (the favorite of the gal behind the counter) and a blueberry cake. Only a tiny bit of the beignet was eaten, as it was a greasy ball of dough. I can imagine it would be hard to pre-make beignets for a bakery case. Everywhere I have had them before has fried them fresh for serving. John’s favorite was the blueberry cake donut, which he said tasted like real blueberries. He didn’t have much to say about the others, probably because his mouth was full of donuts for quite some time.
We enjoyed having coffee at Community Bakery and seeing the folks from the neighborhood drop in for breakfast, which included much more than donuts. The bakery cases were great fun to browse, full of gorgeous cakes and cupcakes, pastries and cookies. Lunch sounded delicious, with at least three varieties of quiche on the daily special board. If Community Bakery was closer to home, I think I’d be a regular visitor!
The Community Bakery location visited in this donut adventure is located at 1200 Main Street in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mmm next time try the ham & swiss pastries or the sausage rolls.
Krispy Kreme has invaded arkansas big time with their overly sweet doughnuts. The fruit tarts are also good. Dang it I'm hungry now.