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11 Desserts to Eat Right Now in Dallas

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Here's a map of 11 of the city's finest new sweet treats to eat right now, with nary a slice of cheesecake or molten chocolate cake in sight; instead, you'll find more creative offerings like a boozy milkshake at a new round-the-clock diner, an unusually-flavored pie, locally made ice cream, and a few deep-fried treats. Calorie counters, look away now.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Abacus

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4511 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 559-3111
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Pastry chef Rick Griggs introduced several new sweets in January, including a salted caramel creme brulee flanked by a butterscotch whoopie pie. If that doesn't inspire longing in your sweet tooth, nothing will.

2. Belly & Trumpet

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3407 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 855-5551
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B&T's desserts are made by pastry chef Sarah Green, and currently include an incredibly moist banana cake flanked by a scoop of rich, tangy cherry ice cream coated in housemade chocolate "magic" shell. [Photo: chefsarita/Instagram]

3. Bowl & Barrel

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8066 Park Ln.
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 363-2695
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The butterscotch pie is the only dessert on the menu at this upscale bowling alley, perhaps because it's a crowd-pleaser: creamy custard on a gingersnap crust topped off with vanilla whipped cream and floating in a pool of salted caramel. [Photo: Almost Veggies/Foodspotting]

4. Cook Hall

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2440 Victory Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 397-4111
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This newish gastropub inside the W has a pretty stunning ice cream sundae: rich chocolate sauce is poured over housemade stout ice and topped off with crisp mini-meringues and salty-crunchy pretzel streusel.

5. Fearing's

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2121 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-4848
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Jill Bates' desserts are masterpieces of flavor and texture, particularly the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse, the most delicious component of which is two fried chocolate hand pies, decadently flaky and oozing with molten chocolate.

6. Emporium Pies

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314 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
(409) 206-6126
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Red velvet pie? Yes, it's a thing. The pie girls of O.C. have a new creation called Dr. Love, which features a gooey brownie-like red velvet filling swirled with cream cheese on a flaky pastry crust. [Photo: Emporium Pies]

7. Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen

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1623 N. Hall At.
Dallas, Tx 75204
(469) 334-0799
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This new East Dallas restaurant is serving up modern versions of South American classics; don't miss the picarones, which are sweet potato and pumpkin fritters fresh from the fryer and drizzled with sweet cinnamon-y honey.

8. Pop Diner

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3600 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-8980
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Pop Diner is a twenty-four hour diner. With A FULL BAR. Said full bar offers such wonders as a Pop Rocks martini, but the highlight is clearly the boozy milkshakes, including one made with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. Yeehaw.

9. Spoon Bar and Kitchen

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8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 368-8220
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New pastry chef David Collier is putting out some gorgeous plates, including this chocolate/caramel creation with a variety of crisp and creamy textures (including Valrhona Caramelia ice cream). [Photo: David Collier]

10. Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop

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2713 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 653-8237
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Uncle Uber's carries ice cream by Carnival Barker's, made right there in Deep Ellum. Try the Nutella Vodka, which is as tasty as it sounds (for a larger serving, pick up a pint at Jimmy's or Bolsa Mercado).

11. Village Baking Co.

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5331 East University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 951-9077
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Village Baking Co. is one of the very few places to make caneles, the glorious French pastries with a crisp caramelized outside and and custardy insides. Be forewarned, their retail store has limited hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. [Photo: Village Baking Co.]

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1. Abacus

4511 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75205
Pastry chef Rick Griggs introduced several new sweets in January, including a salted caramel creme brulee flanked by a butterscotch whoopie pie. If that doesn't inspire longing in your sweet tooth, nothing will.
4511 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205

2. Belly & Trumpet

3407 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
B&T's desserts are made by pastry chef Sarah Green, and currently include an incredibly moist banana cake flanked by a scoop of rich, tangy cherry ice cream coated in housemade chocolate "magic" shell. [Photo: chefsarita/Instagram]
3407 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

3. Bowl & Barrel

8066 Park Ln., Dallas, TX 75231
The butterscotch pie is the only dessert on the menu at this upscale bowling alley, perhaps because it's a crowd-pleaser: creamy custard on a gingersnap crust topped off with vanilla whipped cream and floating in a pool of salted caramel. [Photo: Almost Veggies/Foodspotting]
8066 Park Ln.
Dallas, TX 75231

4. Cook Hall

2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75219
This newish gastropub inside the W has a pretty stunning ice cream sundae: rich chocolate sauce is poured over housemade stout ice and topped off with crisp mini-meringues and salty-crunchy pretzel streusel.
2440 Victory Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75219

5. Fearing's

2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
Jill Bates' desserts are masterpieces of flavor and texture, particularly the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse, the most delicious component of which is two fried chocolate hand pies, decadently flaky and oozing with molten chocolate.
2121 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201

6. Emporium Pies

314 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX 75208
Red velvet pie? Yes, it's a thing. The pie girls of O.C. have a new creation called Dr. Love, which features a gooey brownie-like red velvet filling swirled with cream cheese on a flaky pastry crust. [Photo: Emporium Pies]
314 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208

7. Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen

1623 N. Hall At., Dallas, Tx 75204
This new East Dallas restaurant is serving up modern versions of South American classics; don't miss the picarones, which are sweet potato and pumpkin fritters fresh from the fryer and drizzled with sweet cinnamon-y honey.
1623 N. Hall At.
Dallas, Tx 75204

8. Pop Diner

3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Pop Diner is a twenty-four hour diner. With A FULL BAR. Said full bar offers such wonders as a Pop Rocks martini, but the highlight is clearly the boozy milkshakes, including one made with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. Yeehaw.
3600 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

9. Spoon Bar and Kitchen

8220 Westchester Dr, Dallas, TX 75225
New pastry chef David Collier is putting out some gorgeous plates, including this chocolate/caramel creation with a variety of crisp and creamy textures (including Valrhona Caramelia ice cream). [Photo: David Collier]
8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225

10. Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop

2713 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
Uncle Uber's carries ice cream by Carnival Barker's, made right there in Deep Ellum. Try the Nutella Vodka, which is as tasty as it sounds (for a larger serving, pick up a pint at Jimmy's or Bolsa Mercado).
2713 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226

11. Village Baking Co.

5331 East University Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206
Village Baking Co. is one of the very few places to make caneles, the glorious French pastries with a crisp caramelized outside and and custardy insides. Be forewarned, their retail store has limited hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. [Photo: Village Baking Co.]
5331 East University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75206

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