Prickly Pear Sorbet Battle: Sweet and Spice at Taco Guild and Gertrude's
Natalie Miranda Prickly pear sorbet at Taco Guild.
Prickly pear has made its way onto drink and dessert menus in a growing number of restaurants. And you should be glad they it has. Prickly pears are the fruits on what are commonly referred to as prickly pear cactus, or nopales in Spanish.
Taco Guild and Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden both serve up their own rendition of prickly pear sorbet. We learned that no two prickly pear sorbets are alike, and pinned the two in opposing corners to see whose we will be devouring over the summer.
In This Corner: Taco Guild
Natalie Miranda Taco Guild
The Setting: Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill opened up Taco Guild in what used to be a 19th century church with glass-stained windows, a high sealing, some original pews and a biblical paintings on the wall. The bar, with an extensive tequila menu, now occupies what used to be the altar of the church. Taking in the sight of the restaurant is half the fun of eating there.
The Good: Bright purple scoops of sorbet come in a bowl surrounded by fresh strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Prickly pear has a unique taste that is a cross between bubblegum and watermelon, but not overwhelmingly bubblegum. The beautiful thing about this sorbet is that it doesn't take a lot of added sugar to make it so sweet, and it almost feels like you're eating a fresh fruit bowl. The serving size is enough for two to share, with four scoops under the fruit.
The Bad: Taco Guild doesn't list the desserts on the menu, so be sure to ask for a serving. We like secret menus, but some guest are probably missing out on the sweet bowl of sorbet.