There’s a little yellow house just off of Gregg Street in Fayetteville where Stonemill Bread Company resides. It bakes fresh each morning and serves the most wonderful whole-grain breads and baked goods. Its been there long enough now to make you not want bread from anywhere else. All their goods are so delicious that they are given away as gifts as often as they are eaten. I haven’t found any competitors in our corner of Arkansas. It is a favorite fall and winter lunch spot because those hearty whole-grain breads, along with the best meats and cheeses, pair so well with their daily special of homemade soup that nothing makes a better meal. You can join the bread club and get a free loaf after a number of purchases. It might be known better as a breakfast place with its warm cinnamon buns and just-right sweet scones but any meal at Stonemill Bread Co. hits the mark. [www.stonemillbread.net]
Even in the middle earth of this ole’ USA you can find some French pastries that will tickle your fancy and impress a visitor from New York or Paris. Bouchée just off the Fayetteville Downtown Square serves up an array of beautiful pastries that can only be described as ooh-la-la goodness. My absolute favorite thing to eat here is the almond croissant. Trust me. You haven’t had anything else like it in the USA. What a fun place to steal away for a little international experience night. (Bouchee Facebook Page)
There is a colorful mid-century farmhouse that got swallowed up by the little township of Johnson and just off Main St. That farmhouse is now home to Golden Kolache Bakery. The cafe serves the most delicious array of kolaches and croissant sandwiches including their unique “bunster.” These are authentic Czech kolaches in Northwest Arkansas. Try the bacon and cheese bunster. You won’t miss Texas as much. [goldenkolachebakery.com]
Where’s my favorite tea room? Not too far from the U of A campus is Briar Rose Bakery and Deli in the small town of Farmington. This Tudor cottage invites grown-ups and kids alike into an enchanting eatery that looks like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs could pop out any minute singing “Whistle While You Work.” Its just a happy place. If you aren’t a tea drinker step over to the coffee buffet and spoon in one of the variety of flavored whipped creams made fresh all day. Sweet and savory treats range from ham and brie danishes to the best strawberry cupcake that tastes like you picked it right off the vine. And if it’s lunch time, try the Spinach Salad. When I crave a salad, it’s this salad I want. [www.nwacottage.com]
I really like to serve special baked items from our local bakeries when I have guests or family visiting. A perfect little artisan bakery is just off the Fayetteville Downtown Square, Little Bread Company. This is the place to pick up a basketful of wonderful breakfast items. I like to get several each of the muffins, cinnamon rolls, bagels, danishes and turnovers to fill my basket. My mouth is watering right now for a lemon berry tart but that’s after I grab a delightful and savory quick lunch bite, a slice of the daily quiche special. Breakfast for tomorrow’s guests ✔️, lunch for me today ✔️. [littlebread.com]
If you’re relocating to Northwest Arkansas, I hope this post helps you familiarize yourself with the great area we live in. If you live in NWArk, I hope you have discovered a new bakery to try out. If you’re visiting NWA, I hope we have helped you plan your meals while you’re in The Natural State.