When you’ve been doing something for 65 years, there’s a good chance you’ve become pretty decent at whatever it is you are doing. By that token, you might imagine that Community Bakery, which established itself in 1947, knows how to ice a few cakes and fry a couple donuts. Since my relatively recent arrival in Little Rock, there is a fairly common response when I’ve asked around for the best spots for an early morning carbo load, and Community Bakery seems to almost always be these people’s short list.
The quaint, comfortable interior of the charming historic downtown location only makes a trip to this Little Rock landmark that much more enjoyable. It is darn near impossible to leave this place unhappy. Cookies, tarts, donuts, cakes, and pies all fill the gleaming display cases, and peering in…it’s like looking through the windows of heaven and beholding paradise. You can almost convince yourself that you hear angels playing harps and singing sweet praises as you childishly, sheepishly survey the seemingly endless options. Then you realize you are actually expected to decide what to order…you don’t have all the time in the world, and ordering “one of everything,” while initially temping, is probably not an entirely wise decision.
As I typically try to uncover the unique items that make a bakery special, there are a few items that deserve special recognition.