We've partnered with Phil, a.k.a. Baconhound, on round ups of the top 5 food items in Edmonton. Here, he's talking about desserts. If you missed it, check out his top 5 food trucks and top 5 fried chicken dishes.
As a general rule, I tend to be disappointed in restaurant desserts. I often opt to indulge a little more in the meaty options of dinner, and take a pass on the sweet goodies at the end, but I have found some mighty tasty exceptions to that rule.
Here’s my list of 5 Edmonton restaurant desserts worth saving room for, with a bonus sixth entry because I like even numbers and dulce de leche:
#1: Sticky Toffee Pudding- Characters Fine Dining
It’s sticky, sweet, and gooey, which is pretty much a fantastic end to any meal. The date ice cream adds a nice creaminess, and there’s even a few fresh raspberries on the side, so it’s healthy!
#2: Carrot Cake - Leva
Impossibly thin layers of moist carrot cake with sweet cream cheese icing spread between each, results in the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten. I mean, really, who raves about carrot cake? It has to be good.
#3: Chocolate Hazelnut Torta - Corso 32
Among the most decadent desserts in Edmonton, the Chocolate Torta at Corso 32 has a luxurious texture that’s smoother than George Clooney. It’s a great one to share since it’s so rich, and those candied hazelnuts take it over the top.
#4: Bourbon Banana Parfait - Meat for Dinner
I didn’t need to go any further than Bourbon before I was on board with this one, but if you’re going to throw in house-made custard, delicious graham crumb layers, and whipped cream, who am I to say no?
#5: Lemon Curd Tart with Meringue - Tzin
How so many delicious dishes can be created in a kitchen barely bigger than a Smart car is beyond me, but that’s Tzin. Be sure to save room for this Lemon Curd Tart; you’ll get a good lemon pucker, and it’s balanced nicely with perfectly textured short-crust and a beautifully light and fluffy meringue.
Photo credit- Corey McGuire
Bonus! #6: Churros with Dulce de Leche Sauce - Rostizado
Mexico’s answer to the doughnut has crispy and sugary ridges on the outside, and a soft creamy centre, which hits all the right dessert notes. When dipped in the creamy dulce de leche sauce, it’s the secret to a healthy life. You can fact check that if you want, but don’t be surprised if all your churros are gone by the time you’re done Googling.