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Houston's 8 Most Decadent Desserts

By Marcy de Luna
April 14, 2014

There's no shortage of decadent desserts in Houston, and we're not just talking chocolate chip cookies (although we'll take those, too). Here are several deliberately tempting, must-try options for the perfect conclusion to any meal.

  • White Chocolate Bread Pudding at Ooh La La

    Why We Love It: For those who may think of bread pudding as a warm, soggy, raisin-filled dessert, this version is a life-changer. Soft and gooey on the inside and toasty on the outside, the giant serving comes with your choice of white chocolate or caramel sauce.
    Tip From the Baker: Use croissants vs. crusty French rolls. The croissants provide a more buttery flavor and give it a softer texture (more gooeyness) while still allowing the top to get crunchy.
    Price: $5.50

  • Pistachio Napoleon at Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

    Why We Love It: No one-note dessert, the Pistachio Napoleon offers layers of texture from crispy, caramelized phyllo to creamy pistachio crème brûlée and icy raspberry sorbet.
    Tip From the Baker: Wait until the last minute to caramelize the phyllo dough to really enhance the crispiness of it.
    Price: $10

  • Boxes at Triniti Restaurant

    Why We Love It: If you think of desserts as frivolous, this option will change your mind. This is not your average sweet course; a wooden box comes filled with heavenly creations of sweet artisanal chocolates and delicate macarons, and topped with curved-handled spoons of gelatin-covered mango purée.
    Tip From the Baker: Halfway through cooking your macarons, open the oven door and waft it a few times to allow steam to escape.
    Price: $9

  • Chocolate Samosas at Kiran's Restaurant and Bar

    Why We Love It: A play on the most traditional of Indian appetizers, these dessert samosas are filled with chocolate-hazelnut ganache and drizzled with caramel. Chai ice cream provides the finishing touch.
    Tip From the Baker: When making ganache, be careful to avoid boiling the cream. Also, when working with chocolate, avoid wet hands.
    Price: $10

  • Peanut Butter Tower at Eleven XI

    Why We Love It: Our dessert list keeps with the over-the-top vibe with this peanut-butter cup on steroids. Creamy peanut-butter filling is enhanced by textured Valrhona chocolate and a silky smooth mousse so velvety, it melts in your mouth.
    Tip From the Baker: Chef Kevin Bryant's secret weapon for this decadent dessert is a Wagner paint sprayer, used to apply the microthin layer of chocolate.
    Price: $8

  • Sky High Lemon Meringue Pie at The Oceanaire

    Why We Love It: This baked decadence captures the essence of citrusy sweetness sandwiched between a pillow of fluffy meringue and a rich pie crust.
    Tip From the Baker: The meringue is tricky. Make sure your simple syrup is the correct temperature before adding it to the egg whites.

    Price: $11.95

  • Cheesecake Lollipops at Straits Restaurant

    Why We Love It: Dessert within dessert, Straits' chocolate-dipped cheesecake lollipops are rolled in Oreo cookies, graham crackers and chocolate chips.
    Tip From the Baker: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature for easy blending.

    Price: $9

  • Affogato at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

    Why We Love It: Frosty sweet caramel-flavored semifreddo meets toffee, cacao nibs, popcorn and a salty caramel sauce in this lush, creamy frozen Italian dessert.
    Tip from the Baker: Before freezing, smooth any surface wrinkles with a warm knife or small spatula.

    Price: $9


Places Mentioned


Indian • Galleria

Food27 Decor26 Service25 Cost$51
Eleven:Eleven Restaurant & Bar

Seafood • Montrose

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Triniti Restaurant

American • Montrose

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The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Seafood • Galleria

Food23 Decor23 Service23 Cost$59
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

New American • Midtown

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