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Because eating sweet treats for breakfast is a whole different experience, another list:
Boulevard Bread Co., Little Rock You'll find big muffins, savory scones and all sorts of delicious fresh-baked bread here. The monkey bread is irresistible. Gourmet coffee, too. $$, 1920 N. Grant St., 501-663-5951, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Satellite locations at 400 President Clinton Ave. and inside UAMS.
Community Bakery, Little Rock The spongy beignets are always a treat. And we can't get enough of the old-fashioned sour cream cake donut. $, 1200 Main St., 501-375-6418, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.; 270 S. Shackleford Road, 501-224-1656, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun.
Mercado San Jose, Little Rock Inside this Mexican grocery store, you'll find one of Little Rock's best Mexican bakeries serving up cherry empanadas, churros and conchas. It's the best place in town to find pan dulce. $, 7411 Geyer Springs Road, 501- 565-4246, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Ed's Custom Bakery, Conway Find cinnamon rolls, tightly swirled butter rolls and Conway's best pecan rolls here. $, 256 Oak St., 501-327-2996, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.
Something's Brewing Cafe, Conway Scones, especially blueberry and pecan, are what draw us back to this Conway coffeehouse time and time again. $$, 1156 Front St., 501-327-5517, 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily.
Hankins Country Store, Pelsor The bread pudding muffin is popular, but we prefer the pecan roll; its gooey sweet topping complements the salty dough inside. Grab some napkins. $, Junction Hwy 7-16-123, Pelsor, 870-294-5151, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.-Sat.
Neighbor's Mill Bakery & Cafe, Harrison The breads are popular here, but we're partial to the muffins — especially the pumpkin sour cream and the banana chip nut. Even if you show up late for breakfast, the staff will gleefully heat your muffin. $$, 1012 Hwy. 65 N, 870-741-6455, neighborsmill.com, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.
Arsaga Espresso Cafe, Fayetteville Arsaga makes its own dessert-like pastries and roasts its own coffee. Quiches and other breakfast items are always available. $$, 1852 N. Crossover Road, 479-527-0690, 6:30 a.m.- 11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 6:30 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.; 2418 N. Gregg Ave., 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 6:30 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri., 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.; plus locations in the Fayetteville Public Library, Washington Regional Medical Center and the UA Law Library.
Domingo's Bakery & Restaurant, Springdale The breads here are plentiful; the conches are flaky and slightly sweet and the chocolate on the doughnuts is dark. Best of all, the prices are cheap, which means you can get a whole lot for your dollar. $, 1229 W. Sunset Ave., Springdale, 479-750-4797, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Sugarbaker's Coffee House Cafe, Paragould This quaint little cafe is a great place for hot coffee, fresh muffins and cookies for breakfast. Breakfast treats usually sell out, so go early. $, 221 S. Pruett St., Paragould, 870-236-7842, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.
Klappenbach Bakery, Fordyce Back open after a fire that damaged the kitchen, the Fordyce mainstay is back as if nothing had changed. Doughnuts come in large and small sizes. Our favorite is the blueberry Danish—firm and buttery with just-sweet-enough icing and big chunks of fresh blueberry. If you can't get to Fordyce, you can have some bread mailed to you. $$, 108 West Fourth St., Fordyce, 870-352-7771, klappenbachbakery.com, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.
Spudnut Shop, Magnolia As its South Arkansas adherents know, a typical Spudnut is made from potato flour and is the diameter of a regular doughnut but with a bit more height. The firm texture makes it a great coffee doughnut. Don't miss the cinnamon-sugar dusted version. $, 612 E Main St # B, Magnolia, 870-234-2005, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Tue., 6 a.m.-11 a.m. Wed.-Sat.
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