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Listen closely and you can hear the unicorn at Zoli's whispering, "Order the diavoletti."
Listen closely and you can hear the unicorn at Zoli's whispering, "Order the diavoletti."
Photo credit: Garrett Hall/EDFW

9 Homey Desserts to Fatten Up On This Fall

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Listen closely and you can hear the unicorn at Zoli's whispering, "Order the diavoletti."
| Photo credit: Garrett Hall/EDFW

Sometimes elegance is overrated, especially when it comes to desserts. While liquid nitrogen ice creams, compressed fruits, powders and foams are all fine and good, it's hard to beat a great ice cream sundae, root beer float, doughnut, or a piece of pie (or just about anything deep-fried). Now that swimsuit season is just about over, here are nine down-to-earth desserts to indulge in this fall.


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1. Bowlounge

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167 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-7737
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What's better than a milkshake? Four milkshakes, obviously. Celebrate a strike with the milkshake sampler, which includes four minis: Oreo, coconut caramel, banana pudding, and S'mores.

2. Carnival Barker's

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5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 897-9853
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When's the last time you had a root beer float? No Barq's here, either — Carnival Barker's does it right with fancy St. Arnold's or Virgil's root beer and a big ol' scoop of their vanilla ice cream. (They're still trying to ramp up production to keep up with demand in the new spot, so go early in the day to snag one.)

3. Dallas Beer Kitchen

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1802 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 484-2481
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Sure, the Pop Tart sundae with Fruity Pebbles at Dallas Beer Kitchen is something you could probably make at home, but then you wouldn't have their fantastic beer selection at your disposal (and trust us, this tastes better after throwing back a few). [Photo: Allison/Foursquare]

4. Emporium Pies

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314 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
(409) 206-6126
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Banana pudding takes pie form in Emporium Pies' latest homestyle creation, The Nannerz: bananas are layered with vanilla custard, whipped cream and maple caramel on a flaky pastry crust. [Photo: Emporium Pies]

5. Mot Hai Ba

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6047 Lewis St
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 638-7468
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How's this for coffee and donuts? At Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare's tiny Lakewood restaurant, freshly fried, spiced donut holes are threaded onto a skewer and served with a side of Vietnamese coffee and condensed milk ice cream. [Photo: Mot Hai Ba]

6. Pacific Table

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1600 South University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 887-9995
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Pacific Table does the classic ice cream sundae justice with Henry's Ultimate Sundae. Teresa Gubbins recently raved about the dessert's "fudgy topping made from melted Callebaut chocolate" and chopped Marcona almonds for that ideal sweet-salty combination. (There's also a Thai ice cream sundae for the more adventurous palate.)

7. Sprinkles Ice Cream

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8413 Preston Center Plaza
Dallas, TX 75225
Sprinkles Cupcakes' new ice cream offshoot might be the tastiest place in town to get a cavity. The "Sprinkles Sandwich" plops a scoop of housemade ice cream inbetween two unfrosted cupcake tops, tasting like a distant memory of childhood birthday parties (if said parties had included Cap'n Crunch-flavored ice cream). [Photo: Sprinkles Ice Cream]

8. Village Kitchen

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32 Highland Park Vlg
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 522-6035
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Andre Natera is serving his take on the hysteria-inducing cronut at the new Village Kitchen. He calls them "donut croissants," and they're served with a side of Mexican hot chocolate for dipping. Consider throwing dietary concerns to the wind and pairing it with a Fruity Pebbles milkshake. [Photo: Village Kitchen via Eats Blog]

9. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

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202 W Davis St
Dallas, TX
(214) 942-9654
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Do the diavoletti at Zoli's contain unicorn tears? Maybe, maybe not; but what we can confirm is that they are fried strips of dough drizzled with Nutella, sea salt caramel, and powdered sugar, and your table may very well come to blows over who gets the last one. [Photo: Zoli's]

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1. Bowlounge

167 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
What's better than a milkshake? Four milkshakes, obviously. Celebrate a strike with the milkshake sampler, which includes four minis: Oreo, coconut caramel, banana pudding, and S'mores.
167 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

2. Carnival Barker's

5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206
When's the last time you had a root beer float? No Barq's here, either — Carnival Barker's does it right with fancy St. Arnold's or Virgil's root beer and a big ol' scoop of their vanilla ice cream. (They're still trying to ramp up production to keep up with demand in the new spot, so go early in the day to snag one.)
5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206

3. Dallas Beer Kitchen

1802 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX
Sure, the Pop Tart sundae with Fruity Pebbles at Dallas Beer Kitchen is something you could probably make at home, but then you wouldn't have their fantastic beer selection at your disposal (and trust us, this tastes better after throwing back a few). [Photo: Allison/Foursquare]
1802 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX

4. Emporium Pies

314 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX 75208
Banana pudding takes pie form in Emporium Pies' latest homestyle creation, The Nannerz: bananas are layered with vanilla custard, whipped cream and maple caramel on a flaky pastry crust. [Photo: Emporium Pies]
314 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208

5. Mot Hai Ba

6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206
How's this for coffee and donuts? At Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare's tiny Lakewood restaurant, freshly fried, spiced donut holes are threaded onto a skewer and served with a side of Vietnamese coffee and condensed milk ice cream. [Photo: Mot Hai Ba]
6047 Lewis St
Dallas, TX 75206

6. Pacific Table

1600 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Pacific Table does the classic ice cream sundae justice with Henry's Ultimate Sundae. Teresa Gubbins recently raved about the dessert's "fudgy topping made from melted Callebaut chocolate" and chopped Marcona almonds for that ideal sweet-salty combination. (There's also a Thai ice cream sundae for the more adventurous palate.)
1600 South University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107

7. Sprinkles Ice Cream

8413 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas, TX 75225
Sprinkles Cupcakes' new ice cream offshoot might be the tastiest place in town to get a cavity. The "Sprinkles Sandwich" plops a scoop of housemade ice cream inbetween two unfrosted cupcake tops, tasting like a distant memory of childhood birthday parties (if said parties had included Cap'n Crunch-flavored ice cream). [Photo: Sprinkles Ice Cream]
8413 Preston Center Plaza
Dallas, TX 75225

8. Village Kitchen

32 Highland Park Vlg, Dallas, TX 75205
Andre Natera is serving his take on the hysteria-inducing cronut at the new Village Kitchen. He calls them "donut croissants," and they're served with a side of Mexican hot chocolate for dipping. Consider throwing dietary concerns to the wind and pairing it with a Fruity Pebbles milkshake. [Photo: Village Kitchen via Eats Blog]
32 Highland Park Vlg
Dallas, TX 75205

9. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

202 W Davis St, Dallas, TX
Do the diavoletti at Zoli's contain unicorn tears? Maybe, maybe not; but what we can confirm is that they are fried strips of dough drizzled with Nutella, sea salt caramel, and powdered sugar, and your table may very well come to blows over who gets the last one. [Photo: Zoli's]
202 W Davis St
Dallas, TX

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