Arkansas is blessed with so many options for every meal of the day -- but when it comes to a favorite breakfast pastry, things can get heated.
Here's a rundown of the best places I've found for doughnuts in the state. And to make it as fair as possible, they're listed in alphabetical order.
*Note: To clear up the field, I did not include chain operations such as Shipley's, Daylight Donuts or the like. There are so many of these, it's hard to properly judge them along with the rest.
Batten's Bakery * 1735 Paragould Plaza * Paragould, AR 72450 * (870) 236-7810 * Facebook
Bradley's Donuts (Farmington). The cake doughnut is the thing here -- very moist, very crumbly, very good. However, local fans tend to order the chocolate covered doughnuts and chocolate covered holes -- thanks to a marvelously good chocolate glaze. Open since 2003.
Bradley's Donuts * 56-6 Yukon Way * Farmington, AR 72730 * (479) 267-5505 * Facebook
Community Bakery * 1200 Main Street * Little Rock, AR 72202 * (501) 375-6418 * Website
Community Bakery * 270 South Shackleford Road * Little Rock, AR 72211 * (501) 224-1656 * Facebook
Country Village Oven * 220 Knight Haven Circle * Star City, AR 71667 * (870) 628-5053
Dale's Donuts * 919 Military Road * Benton, AR 72015 * (501) 776-2710 * Facebook
Donut Hole / Jimmy's Family Restaurant (Malvern).Two restaurants sharing the same space (Jimmy's does fried chicken in the evening) and the best (and perhaps only) place to get a good doughnut in Malvern. Something about the fry grease elevates the Donut Hole's pastries to something new. Worth a try.
Donut Hole * 938 S. Main * Malvern, AR 72104 * (501) 467-3994
Ed's Custom Bakery * 256 Oak Street * Conway, AR 72032 * (501) 327-2996 * Facebook
Howard's Donuts * 1711 N Missouri Road * West Memphis, AR 72301 * (870) 735-2046
Irish Maid Donuts * 4600 Towson Suite 16 * Fort Smith, AR 72901 * (479) 646-5337 * Facebook
Irish Maid Donuts * 8237 Rogers Avenue * Fort Smith, AR 72903 * (479) 242-2442
Irish Maid (Pine Bluff). Frank's brother Jim left out of Little Rock to open a Pine Bluff location of the family chain in 1961. The Pine Bluff store is run by the Grinsteads.
Irish Maid Donuts * 2320 South Blake * Pine Bluff, AR 71603 * (870) 879-9920
Jeri-Lin Donuts * 539A North 10th Street * Blytheville, AR 72315 * (870) 763-9679 * Facebook
Julie's Sweet Shop and Bakery * 201 Skyline Drive Suite 39 * Conway, AR 72032 * (501) 205-4301 * Website
Lybrand's Bakery * 2900 South Hazel * Pine Bluff, AR 72603 * (870) 534-4607 * Website
Lybrand's Bakery Too * 6201 Dollarway Road * White Hall, AR 72602 * (870) 247-5408
Magnolia Bake Shop * 101 North Jefferson * Magnolia, AR 71753 * (870) 234-1304 * Facebook
Mark's Do-Nut Shop (North Little Rock). Not so glamorous but awfully good, Mark's puts out a consistent product that sometimes sells out before the official closing hour. Go for coconut and angel cream if you like the sweet, or stick with a fruit pastry if you're not. But watch out -- this place is often packed.Mark's Do-Nut Shop * 4015 Camp Robinson Road * North Little Rock, AR 72118 * (501) 753-2017
Old Tyme Donuts * 2403 South Thompson * Springdale, AR 72762 * (479) 756-0064 * Facebook
PattiCakes * 2106 Robinson * Conway, AR 72032 * (501) 205-1969 * Website
Paul's Bakery * 1800 Main Street * Van Buren, AR 72956 * (479) 474-7044
Rick's Bakery*1200 North College Avenue*Fayetteville, AR 72703*(479) 442-2166*Website
Spudnut Shop and Deli *722 East Main Street*Magnolia, AR 71753* (870) 901-3636 * Facebook
Spudnut Shoppe * 810 West Faulkner * El Dorado, AR 71730 * (870) 863-9914
Srowns's Donut Shop (Bryant). An addition to the list, mostly for being overlooked the last time. The Srown's (Danny and Freida) had retired a while back and sold off the place, which became Morning Glory Donuts. But they got bored and got the shop back. If nothing else, you should go to Strawn's for blueberry cake doughnuts. And apple fritters. And... well, you'll find out.
Srown's Donut Shop * 4430 Highway 5 N * Bryant, AR 72202 * (501) 653-2829
More recommendations by fans of Tie Dye Travels:
King's River Store in Marble
Julz Bakery in Greenwood
Morning Joy Doughnuts in Mount Ida