Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of sandwiches, wraps, and barista drinks at Sufficient Grounds Cafe in Little Rock.
The 2008 Arkansas Times runner-up for best coffee, Sufficient Grounds assembles a varied menu of sandwiches, wraps, and café beverages. The smoked turkey and pepper jack sandwich loads its bread vessel with rations of cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise ($5.75, and the portabella mushroom sandwich can warm retired igloo realtors with pepper jack cheese and fire-roasted red bell peppers within a toasted hoagie roll ($6.15). Or down a confectionary caffeinated drink, such as the signature chocolate monkey, which inventively blends steamed milk and espresso with chocolate and banana ($3.25-$3.75). In the warmer months guests can bathe in UV rays and windsurf on free WiFi signals on the outdoor patio as they sip cold potables such as the java freeze ($3.75) or strawberry-banana heart-healthy smoothie ($3.75).
Seventy-six percent of 34 Urbanspooners recommend Sufficient Grounds Cafe.
Sufficient Grounds Cafe
Sufficient Grounds Cafe’s crew of baristas fills a.m. energy tanks with a menu bursting with delicious morning brews, breakfast and lunch fare, and tasty sweets. Staffers begin each morning by brewing up delicious coffee blends from around the world, as the espresso machine whirs into caffeinated action. Brew-thusiasts start with a base of espresso, mix in milk or soy, and stamp the potation with the dulcet taste of Torani syrups for decadent mochas or the signature Milky Way infused with chocolate and caramel. During the summer, when the days get longer and the southern hemisphere gets a bikini wax, patrons can sit on the open-air patio, surfing the year-round free WiFi while noshing on freshly made breakfast sandwiches, wraps, or pastries. The café boasts two convenient Little Rock locations, but if schedules are tight or legs have low battery power, free delivery is available within downtown.