Diets are overrated. You can only eat so many vegetables before your body tells you that it needs one thing: sugar. That’s why we found some of the most delicious desserts in the Chicago that you need to go try immediately. Yes, it was a hard job, just ask our waist lines. But it was a labor of love.
1. Bottlefork‘s Hot And Gooey Brownie Brûlée
At Bottlefork, the Hot and Gooey dessert rotates daily, but you need to make it your mission to get the Brownie Brûlée when it’s being served. It took chefs Mitch Bauer and Kevin Hickey a month of trial and error to get it absolutely right, and it was totally worth the time. This decadent dessert is gooey, crunchy, and super rich in flavor.
First, the brownie is parbaked, and then the crème brûlée base is poured on top. Then, the whole thing is baked until the top finishes with the perfect caramelized, crunchy texture. The brownie is still gooey inside, and the whole thing is just amazing. Oh, and you’re definitely going to want to get it with some of Bottlefork’s delicious soft serve ice cream on the side.
2. Hoosier Mama Pie Company‘s Fat Elvis
We met the perfect pie, and it was glorious. Hoosier Mama has been making pies for five years, and these people don’t mess around. We can thank owner Paula Haney for her strict rules to make sure that you’re only served the very best pies. For example, she never serves pie with ingredients that are out of season, and she always buys local. Luckily, the Fat Elvis is always on the menu.
What goes into the delicious Fat Elvis, named for The King himself? It starts with a crust made of graham crackers, peanuts, and pretzels. Then, the pie is filed with a layer of chocolate cream, bananas, and peanut butter cream. It’s then garnished with banana chips and pretzels. It’s what Hoosier Mama considers one of their “Over The Top Pies.” Over the top is great in our opinion.
3. Hot Chocolate At Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
When you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, one of the best places to go is definitely Mindy’s Hot Chocolate. The Hot Chocolate is outstanding, and will blow that instant cocoa mix you have at home out of the water. And it’s not really a surprise, considering Mindy Segal is an award winning pastry chef. She knows chocolate.
The menu gives you plenty of options when it comes to the hot chocolate: Medium, Dark, Mexican, Black & Tan, Chai, Half & Half, and seasonal White Chocolate flavors like Pumpkin and Peppermint. Additionally, you can amp up these hot chocolate by adding liquor, like rye whiskey, brandy, and Fratello Hazelnut Liqueur. It’s so delicious, because everything’s real. Nothing powdered, no corn syrup. All authentic. And let’s not forget the house-made marshmallows, made fresh daily. Amazing.
4. Mixed Fruit Cheesecake At Fabcakes
If you’re looking for a cozy place to grab a coffee and get some delicious treats, Fabcakes is definitely the destination you’re looking for. All of Fabiola Tyrawa’s pastries will blow you away. She focuses more on using fruit to sweeten her desserts than she does on sugar, and the result is great.
Fabiola says she takes inspiration from her Polish heritage for her desserts, and the Mixed Fruit Cheesecake is a delicious example of that. It’s made with white chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, that result in a light, fluffy, mouse-like texture. The crust is so tasty, made with almonds, almond flour, and Polish cookies. It all works together in the most delicious way. Get it with one of their delicious lattes.
5. The Portage‘s Chocolate Pretzel Bread Pudding With Salted Caramel
The food at The Portage is New American, with Asian Inspiration. Casual, yet refined, comfort food. They’re known for having a constantly changing menu, and one of their most delicious dishes is the Chocolate Pretzel Bread Pudding With Salted Caramel. It’s also topped with Buttered Popcorn Gelato. Hell yes.
Joey Beato is responsible for this tasty creation. Pretzel buns are mixed with custard of heavy cream to create the bread pudding, and topped with semi-sweet and dark chocolate shavings. Popcorn is cooked into the cream of the gelato. The salty-sweet balance in this dessert is on point. Pair it with the Ten Ninety Imperial Porter, or Lake Effect’s Pancake Junkie.
6. Lemon Panna Cotta At The Purple Pig
One of Chicago’s most exclusive dining experiences, The Purple Pig is a destination restaurant everybody needs to visit. At The Purple Pig, they’re interested in serving cheese, wine, and swine, taken to the next level. They definitely went to the next level with The Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Marmellata & Candied Pistachios.
Executive Chef and Partner, Jimmy Bannos, Jr., created this amazing dessert that’s been on the menu for three years. He wanted to take a classic dessert, and bring it to the next level with flavor and texture, which is exactly what he did. The candied pistachios add the perfect amount of crunch. Jimmy Bannos Jr. recommends ordering Limoncello with this tasty dessert.
7. Table, Donkey And Stick‘s Chocolate Brownie
You’ve had brownies before, but they’re nothing like this one at Table, Donkey and Stick. At this restaurant, described as European mountain food, everything on the menu is unique, and hyper-seasonal. They cure their own meats, bake their own bread every day, and make their own ice cream. Why don’t they choose to buy the things they serve? In the words of Scott Manley, the executive chef, “I don’t know how to buy it, and I don’t want to.”
This brownie is no exception when it comes to unique dishes. Some of the things that make this brownie so unique include olive oil, tomatillo aigre doux, basil, caramelized white chocolate, and cocoa nips. It’s topped with ground cherry ice cream. This dessert perfectly combines savory and sweet flavors, and the result is something delicious.