Five Destination Desserts in Phoenix

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Claire Lawton
Gallo Blanco's chocolate pudding.

​Not long ago, a friend posed a good question. He wanted to know where he could get dessert in central Phoenix. And not just a meal-ender. This needed to be dessert worth leaving the house for. 

Here are Chow Bella's five suggestions for destination desserts in Phoenix.  

1. Postre de chocolate at Gallo Blanco Cafe

This chocolate pudding isn't just for kids, though the edgy Clarendon Hotel will make you feel young (make sure you check out the wall of water by the pool). This is the richest pudding we've ever tasted, topped with homemade marshmallow fluff and graham crackers for requisite dipping. You might choose to pair it with one of Gallo Blanco's killer margaritas. Go ahead. We won't judge.

2. Souffle at Vincent on Camelback

Call ahead, and maybe the kind folks at Vincent's will pop your souffle in the oven before you arrive. Either way, it's well worth the 15 minute wait for Vincent Guerithault's signature dessert -- chocolate tart, lemon crepe or Grand Marnier souffle. Enjoy it in the low-key but elegant dining room and feel like a king or a queen.

3. Ice cream at Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream and Yogurt

The decor is cheesy but the ice cream is creamy and the owners of this Phoenix icon say they'll close for good in May -- so get Mary Coyle ice cream while you can. Don't want to get out of your jammies? No worries, the ice cream parlor has a drive-thru!

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​4. Parnassienne au Chocolate Chocolate Tower at Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

Last year, Christopher Gross kindly showed us how to make his signature chocolate tower at home, but frankly, it's a lot a more fun to eat it in his swanky restaurant at Biltmore Fashion Park. The best part is knocking the delicate chocolate structure over before digging in. 

5. The entire dessert menu at T. Cook's

If you've never been to the charming Royal Palms Hotel, you don't know what you're missing. Even without pastry chef Travis Watson's confections at T. Cook's, the hotel restaurant, this place is always worth a visit for its Mediterranean-inspired architecture, romantic fireplaces and the tiny orange lights that twinkle in the citrus trees. And the lounge -- don't get us started on the lounge, with its grand piano and hand-painted wallpaper. Combine that with buttered popcorn gelato or caramel cheesecake creme brulee and you've got a true dessert destination. T. Cook's even has separate dessert menus for lunch and kids. That's sweet. 

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Carol Blonder
A treat from T. Cook's Travis Watson
Have your own favorite destination dessert in CenPho? Share it in the comment section.



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13 comments
John
John

Thanks for the love smkarizona :) Tuck staff

ComidaQueen
ComidaQueen

I'm really surprised to see kudos going to Gallo Blanco for this dessert considering that 1/3 of this creation comes from a box (boxed graham crackers). I agree that the chocolate pudding and marshmallow fluff are good, but I was disappointed to have to scoop it up with a generic store-bought graham cracker. I would think if you go through the trouble of making everything else from scratch, even your tortillas, why not give the same respect to the dessert? I thought a bunuelo or even just a few cinammon/sugar tortilla chips would be better. It seems to mirror their service at GB; lack.luster.

TheFabulousOne
TheFabulousOne

At Devour, Arrogant Butcher had a peanut butter pudding that was DIVINE!! I am not sure it's a regular menu item, but I certainly hope so.

Gwynne
Gwynne

The Parlor does a sweet potato zeppoli filled with squash, dusted with cinnamon sugar. Comes with side of creme fresh and orange cranberry sauce. Mouth. watering.

Erica O.
Erica O.

Beckett's Table's chocolate dipped bacon smores are a fun dish. Sharing that with a piece of fantastic fig and pecan pie and it's destination enough for me!

Desert Cat
Desert Cat

Chef Holly's Tortilla Pudding at Ticoz's. Amazing.

smkarizona
smkarizona

Tuck Shop has two new desserts each week. One chocolate. One fruit. Both delicious. Always tasty. Fun and different from the past: FRUIT: Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. CHOCOLATE: Lavendar-infused chocolate tart. Such a wonderful taste and texture (and the lavendar from the herb garden out back!)

Amy Silverman
Amy Silverman

interesting point -- hard to imagine chips holding up to pudding, but maybe they could try making graham crackers? kinda makes me want to try to make them myself! thanks for the feedback.

Amy Silverman
Amy Silverman

that sounds INCREDIBLE! thank you for the tip!

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