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