Denver: Vegan Chocolate Truffle at Root Down
Why We Love It: "We’re very vegetable-focused, even when it comes to desserts,” observes Samm Sherman, pastry chef of this LoHi magnet for mod-minded gastronomes - and the proof is in the pudding (so to speak).Take this beauty, which draws on traditional chocolate cake and carrot cake but comes off as a true original. Chia seed-sprinkled coconut sorbet sits on smooth-as-glass, intense chocolate truffle cake, fortified with coconut milk (rather than cream) and a combination of dried-carrot chips, carrot-honey coulis and crushed, candied walnuts spiced with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. The golden raisins are marinated in port wine, a classic complement to chocolate. The result is an intricate zinger.