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10 Great Strawberry Desserts in Arkansas


It is officially strawberry season here in Arkansas. That means we need to take a look at some of my favorite strawberry desserts in the state. And whether these restaurants and bakeries use fresh, local berries or ones they get shipped in, one thing is for certain: you’ll be sure to love the dishes below.

Strawberry Pie at Skylark Café (Leslie)

Maybe a little of it was being cooped up last year from a global pandemic, but when I saw a picture of Skylark Café’s strawberry pie on Facebook, I did not hesitate to make the 1.5-hour drive each way from Little Rock to Leslie just for it. Truth be told, I might make the same trip again this year, as it’s simply one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten.

Strawberry Desserts - strawberry shortcake from Trio's

Strawberry Shortcake at Trio’s (Little Rock)

Trio’s strawberry shortcake is one of the most popular desserts in Little Rock. The restaurant can barely keep up with the demand for this iconic dish. They go through hundreds of pounds of berries each season. The greatness lies in its simplicity: local berries (and lots of them), whipped cream, and then shortbread biscuits that sop up the juices.

Strawberry Pancakes at Stoby’s (Conway & Russellville)

Everything Stoby’s does, it does well, and that includes the fluffy strawberry pancakes. If these are a little sweet for breakfast, consider ordering a breakfast burrito, or go with both and share. Remember, sharing is caring.

Strawberry Desserts - Strawberry Cake from Charlotte's Sweets & Eats

Strawberry Cake at Charlotte’s (Keo)

Yes, Charlotte’s gets a ton of attention for its pie, and deservedly so, but the cake, specifically the strawberry cake, is out-of-this-world good. Moist and bursting with strawberry flavor, this sweet confection will make you pause on the pie.

Strawberry Shortcake at The Pizzeria (Little Rock)

Spoiler alert, you’re going to see a few strawberry shortcakes on this list, and that includes the one from The Pizzeria. Local berries reside inside and outside of a cut biscuit, which also includes a heavy hand of fresh, whipped cream.

Strawberry Desserts - strawberry shortcake from Petit Jean Coffeehouse

Strawberry Shortcake at Petit Jean Coffeehouse (Morrilton)

Here’s yet another strawberry shortcake that uses simple yet quality ingredients to achieve a high level of awesomeness. At Petit Jean Coffeehouse, expect a small cup filled with vanilla cake, then topped with macerated Arkansas-grown berries and homemade-to-order whipped cream. Served on weekends while Arkansas strawberries are in season.

Strawberry Shortcake Concrete at The Original ScoopDog (North Little Rock)

I doubt the berries are local, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Strawberry Shortcake Concrete at The Original ScoopDog is a must-order any time of year. Just make sure to bring cash or a check.

Strawberry Desserts - strawberry crumble cheesecake

Strawberry Crumble Cheesecake at Cheesecake on point! (Little Rock)

Matcha Norwood’s brilliant idea to serve slices of cheesecake with a stick is only surpassed by her use of various flavors, like the Strawberry Crumble. The cheesecake comes topped with a crumble and strawberry sauce. No fork is needed for this one.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Kolache at Wild Sweet William’s Bakery (Searcy)

I am not sure if Lisa Ford is baking her strawberry cream cheese kolaches this year, as she is always mixing things up. Her creativity knows no bounds, but the important thing to take away is that if you see a kolache with strawberries in the case, buy it. I don’t care what she pairs with the berry. It will be fantastic. Their new location is pretty special, too.

Strawberry Desserts - strawberry shortcake from The Bulldog in Bald Knob

Strawberry Shortcake at The Bulldog Restaurant (Bald Knob)

You want a dose of honesty? I’ve never even had the strawberry shortcake from The Bulldog Restaurant in Bald Knob. But I am also not an idiot and know the popularity of this strawberry dessert. To write a list post and not include it would draw the ire of the masses. So, here’s a nice picture of the dessert, which includes berries, soft-serve ice cream, pecans, strips of cookie-like shortbread, and whipped cream.

For more information on Arkansas strawberries, click here. And find out where to pick your own here.

Photo from The Bulldog Restaurant courtesy of Lindsey Bailey French
Strawberry header photo from Petit Jean Coffeehouse

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and one daughter, Sydney. His oldest daughter, Natalie, is a freshman at Loyola University in Chicago. He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, twelve years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for ten years. During that time, he’s written for publications like Little Rock Soiree, Arkansas Times, AY Magazine, and The Local Palate.

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