It is time to celebrate National Dessert Day with some of the very best selections in the Little Rock area. Before we get to my top 10 desserts in Little Rock, let’s first go over a few ground rules. For this list, I have excluded all bakeries, donut shops, and coffeehouses. Nothing against these places, but I wanted to narrow the field down a bit, so you will only find restaurant and food truck desserts here.
Churros at Mockingbird Bar & Tacos
How does a fried stick of dough covered in cinnamon and sugar sound? The texture of these churros is both crispy and chewy. At Mockingbird, you even get a small tub of caramel dipping sauce to makes things even better.
Banana Delight with Strawberries at Trio’s
While the strawberry shortcake gets the attention, the true star of Trio’s dessert tray is the Banana Delight, which is basically a small slab of cream pie topped with a scoop of strawberries. Known as getting it “Capi’s Way,” this is only available upon request and during strawberry season.
Sweet Potato Pie at Lindsey’s BBQ & Hospitality House
This is a super traditional sweet potato pie with a thin, buttery crust and a sweet potato filling that will send you straight to Thanksgiving with one bite. Lindsey’s has won awards for this pie and deservedly so.
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake at Cheesecake on point!
This thick, creamy cheesecake is stabbed with a stick and covered with graham cracker crumbs and light strawberry sauce. Truth be told, any of Cheesecake on point’s cheesecakes are fantastic, so pick one and go with it.
Cheesecake at The Pantry
Speaking of fantastic cheesecakes, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better than The Pantry’s. And I imagine if you took a poll, this would be the most popular dessert in all of Little Rock. The thick, graham cracker crust is killer, but so too is the brûléed top.
Cappuccino Jar at Kemuri
I often refer to this as the “Birthday Dessert” as my family has found themselves at Kemuri a time or two celebrating a birth. The cappuccino jar is filled with Yarnell Ice Cream and mousse. Cookie straws poke out, adding to the festive experience. It all rests on a long plate with best wishes written in syrup.
Ice Cream Ball at The Pizzeria
Ice cream, unfortunately, runs through my blood, and there is not a more mind-numbing dessert in this category than The Pizzeria’s ball of vanilla ice cream covered in pecans and chocolate sauce. I hear you can even get it with Oreos. Grab a couple spoons and go to town on this bad boy. Truth be told, I could make a list post on nothing but desserts from The Pizzeria.
Bread Pudding at The Root Café
While I am not the biggest fan of bread pudding, in general, there is no denying the greatness of The Root’s version. This hunk of eggy bread infused with sweetness comes drizzled with a light cream sauce, all making for a perfect meal-ender.
Peach Cobbler at HallBros2Go
This is a classic version of Southern dessert staple. HallBros2Go is not stingy with the syrupy peaches and the crusty topping is covered with cinnamon and sugar. Peach cobbler is one of my all-time favorite desserts and this food truck does an excellent job with it.
S’mores Bar at Table 28
This is not your sit-around-the-campfire s’mores (not that there’s anything wrong with those). At Table 28, expect a work of art on the plate, complete with a graham cake, honey chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, and torched marshmallows. Yes, the Sticky Toffee Pudding is the restaurant’s signature dessert, but this one is my go-to.