As much as you may try to hide it, you know you love donuts. Sure, no one wants to admit that they would eagerly polish off a half-dozen hot glazed every morning if given the opportunity. When a co-worker brings in that box of fresh donuts to your early morning office meeting, maybe you’re that person that with the willpower to sit in the corner refraining from their sweet, greasy glory. Maybe you “already ate” or you’re “watching your weight.” But I know you’re sitting there longing for a nibble. You’d anxiously slurp down that entire box if no one was watching.
Truth is, the Arkansas donut scene is grossly behind some other American cities that have heartily embraced the potential of fried dough. But that’s not to say there isn’t some wonderful breakfast pastry out there for those willing to look a little harder. You may have to pass by a half dozen Shipley’s to find these places, but here at some shops worth savoring—the 3 best donuts in central Arkansas.Mark’s Donuts: I’ve never met Mark before, I’m not sure if he’s ever even been in the shop when I’ve visited. But wherever he is, Mark knows a thing or two about donuts. Somehow he’s managed to assemble a donut with all the essential elements necessary to transform this pastry from drab to delectable. Pillow soft, not too sweet, always served fresh. Every donut at Mark’s is exquisite, but you really only need to sample their basic, plain glazed to know they’ve really nailed it. The yeast donut comes to you a deep, golden brown, fried perfectly and draped in a thin layer of sugar. It’s a cash/check only joint, so don’t go unprepared—you’d hate to leave empty handed. In my humble opinion, Mark's Donuts is by far the best donut shop in central Arkansas...and probably in the state.
Diana Long and the LRCVB is killing the ottenheimer hall, what happened to the variety?…
Amen. I miss Boulevard's coffee down there.
Please, please get back a vendor that serves good coffee in the River Market.