In addition to their traditional staples, Gimme Some Sugar Bakeshoppe's pastry pros whip up custom-designed baked goods, making everything from scratch with fresh ingredients. Cupcakes come by the dozen in flavors such as margarita and strawberry cheesecake, many topped with buttercream frosting and drizzlings of caramel, children's birthday wishes, or chocolate sauce. Sweet treats such as earthquake brownies ($1.50 each) hobnob with gourmet cookies ($1 each) inside the shop's display cases. Meanwhile, an 8-inch red-velvet or italian cream cake ($30 each) makes for a savory anytime treat, and standard pies with homemade crust and real fruit filling ($15) easily one-up a nosy neighbor when perched on a windowsill or launched at their front door. For distinguished desserts, Gimme Some Sugar specializes in custom-decorated cakes, which can be designed to celebrate any special person, holiday, or occasion.
Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24-ounce low-fat fruit smoothie ($3.99), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry, banana, and pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry, strawberry, and banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which is packed with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical Smoothie Café's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a bistro sandwich ($6.29) such as the turkey guacamole, or gnaw on a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which is bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and jamaican jerk sauce. Make amends with mouths for last summer's exhausting gum-chewing marathon with the Paradise Combo ($9.99)—which throws down the gauntlet of appetizing with a smoothie of your choice and any toasted wrap, bistro sandwich, or gourmet salad plus chips or fruit. Menus and prices may vary slightly at different locations.
After leading the University of Arkansas Cardinals' football team to an epic 16–0 victory against LSU in 1909, coach Hugo Bezdek referred to his players as "a wild band of Razorback hogs." The nickname quickly caught on, and the team has since embraced both the name and the mascot's wild ferocity, as evidenced by a tenacious fighting style and the players' uncanny ability to locate truffles buried in the end zone. With apparel, jewelry, and housewares bearing the legendary helmet hog, The Hog Zone—unaffiliated with the university itself—helps fans and alumni celebrate more than 100 years of UA pigskin tradition. In addition to stocking car decals, earrings, and T-shirts for both kids and adults, The Hog Zone hosts football-themed birthday parties for all complete with games and activities such as learning dances and chants to cheer on the team during physics exams.
The Dreamy Spoon tempts taste buds with nutritional frozen yogurt and rich custard adorned with an array of toppings. Self-serve stations and the laws of gravity allow customers to fill up on custom-made blends of frozen yogurt, custard, gelato, and toppings at a flat fee of $0.42 per ounce.
With a reputation that includes titles such as the "Pie Guy" and "The Man Who Made 100 Different Pies in One Night," it's no great surprise that Chris Monroe—a dedicated pie lover and enthusiast—runs Hunka Pie. Open since 2007, the restaurant is dedicated to small-batch and handcrafted pies that boast flaky, hand-rolled crusts and are made without the preservatives found in big-batch bakeries. Equipped with the childhood pie memories and experience of growing up with three generations of pie makers, Chris claims the "largest selection of handcrafted pie in Arkansas." And judging from his list, he may be right. Interesting flavors such as chocolate hazelnut baklava and peach with rum glaze pop out alongside classic combinations such as southern pecan and key lime.
But though Chris and Hunka Pie specialize in pie, they also bring their A-game to breakfast, lunch, and dinner food, as well. They tout classic and creative burgers made with a third-pound of ground beef, some seasoned with secret spices, and others with more exotic flavors. The bombay burger adds garam masala to the mix, and the turkey burger's patty is seasoned with herbs. And though the restaurant was once relegated to a small drive-in counter, the restaurant's new digs invite patrons to sit and relax in the classic chrome and red of a former diner.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop’s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.