Favorite Three: Desserts

Categories: Big Three, Sweets

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Tres leches from Samba Grille.
I asked my fellow food bloggers to choose their three favorite desserts in Houston. Let's take a look at what they said.

Geri Maria Harris

1. Churros and Hot Chocolate from Hugo's
2. Flan from El Rey
3. 5 Nut Brownie from Hillstone (formerly Houston's)

Geri's Take: It is rare that I get dessert from a restaurant, but there a few places that I simply cannot pass up. There is nothing more decadent than dipping crispy cinnamon fritters in a cup of gently spiced molten chocolate at Hugo's or spooning bits of velvety caramel cream at El Rey. And when I'm feeling nostalgic, I always turn to the perfectly executed version of the brownie sundae at Houston's, which is outrageously studded with five different types of nuts, including my favorite: pistachios.

Christina Uticone

1. Tres Leches cake from Ninfa's on Navigation
2. Creme Brulee from Pesce
3. Oatmeal ice cream from Feast

Christina's Take: Tres leches is my favorite cake, period, and Ninfa's on Navigation's version literally takes the cake. No gummy wad of cake and milk, it's sweet without being cloying and moist in a good way -- even though I hate the word "moist." The creme brulee from Pesce is the best I've had outside of France - Ninfa's gets the caramelized top right, every time -- plus the berries are freshfreshfresh. Finally, I'm obsessed with the oatmeal ice cream I had - once -- at Feast. I haven't seen it on the menu since, but I hope and pray this slightly-sweet, slightly-nutty, super-creamy concoction made from steel-cut oats is on the menu again in the future.

Kristen Majewski

1. Dark Chocolate Gelato from Docle Vita
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies from Tiny Boxwood's Café
3. Tres Leches from Churrascos

Kristen's Take: When it comes to desserts, I prefer simple treats as opposed to elaborate dishes. Dolce Vita is one of the few places where I consistently order dessert, solely because of the dark chocolate gelato, which is, to me, heavenly in texture and flavor. I don't visit Tiny Boxwoods much for full meals, but when the day requires a chocolate chip cookie, I know I can always find a perfect one there. Finally, I've never been much of a tres leches fan, but the tres leches at Churrasco's is crazy good and a must-order at any of the Cordua restaurants.

Kevin Shalin (me)

1. Tres Leches from Samba Grille
2. 24 Layer Chocolate Cake from Strip House
3. Bread Pudding from BB's Cajun Café

My Take: I'd eat the tres leches from Samba Grille off a dirty toilet bowl at Reliant Stadium. And this is coming from someone who isn't even a fan of tres leches. Strip House's 24-Layer Chocolate Cake is a freaking marvel, combining excellent taste with breathtaking construction. BB's Bread Pudding is just plain good, a microcosm of their overall menu.

The Reaction: Obviously, what stands out most about the selections was the mention of tres leches, three different times, at three different places. It's hard for me to comment on the other desserts, since I've had none of them. But I can say that El Rey does a mean Key Lime Pie, so I'm guessing Geri is correct in her assessment of the flan.



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Location Info

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Rey Taqueria - CLOSED

233 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hillstone

4848 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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17 comments
Jenell Blasl
Jenell Blasl

Each of them has a unique taste when it comes to food! Those desserts probably came from their favorite restaurants. Most of the time, restaurants with outstanding services often serve the best food as well.

Jenell Blasl
Jenell Blasl

Each of them has a unique taste when it comes to food! Those desserts probably came from their favorite restaurants. Most of the time, restaurants with outstanding services often serve the best food as well.

Jenell Blasl
Jenell Blasl

Each of them has a unique taste when it comes to food! Those desserts probably came from their favorite restaurants. Most of the time, restaurants with outstanding services often serve the best food as well.

Maryann12032
Maryann12032

Tres Leches is my absolute favorite dessert...not a great chocolate fan. We had a Tres Leches cake for our wedding cake, as well as a lovely pineapple cake made by my now deaceased mother-in-law. We loved them!

Megan
Megan

I still have fond memories of Plinio Sandalio's "corn dog" dessert at Textile. The mustard ice cream was amazing - my husband could eat an entire pint of it.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

I can't believe there's no mention of the white chocolate bread pudding at Ruggles - an all time fave!!!

RnPropiel
RnPropiel

1) Pannacotta, Da Marco2) Zeppole, Poscol3) Anything, Caffe Bello

trisch
trisch

The category isn't technically restricted to restaurant desserts, is it? My favorites:

3) Moeller's Bakery Lemon Chiffon Cake -- The combo of tender, lemony cake paired with tart, creamy curd is magnificent. It's a good thing I don't live around the corner from the bakery anymore.

2) House of Pies Fresh Strawberry/Peach Pie -- Fresh fruit in a flaky pastry topped with a little bit of glaze and some whipped cream. Best paired with a side of cottage fries. Oh yeah.

1) Churrasco's Tres Leches -- Like the others, I'm not the biggest fan of tres leches. It has to be made just right or it's just a soggy mess of sickening sweetness. But Churrasco's version is the one that started the craze in the first place, and for good reason. It's the default for birthday cakes at our house.

Dessert Storm
Dessert Storm

Sticky toffee pudding - Feast - outta sight

White chocolate bread pudding - Bistro Alex @ City Centre - and I don't even LIKE bread pud

Fried bananas with coconut ice cream - PF Changs

And, Kevin, --"3 places, ranked in order, with a brief 2-3 sentences total"-- what is the order? EOW always ranks their fav last (i.e., highest ranked is number 5)

Ali
Ali

Hmm. There's a lot of love for tres leches around here. I'm not a fan.

1. Lemon Icebox pie from Zelko Bistro. Sweet but not too sweet. Tart, but not too tart. Creamy with a crunchy, butter graham crust. I could eat it every day.

2. Bread Pudding from Gravitas. Seriously ridiculous. Not overly sticky. Perfectly buttery cinamon topping that has a slight crunch.

3. Chocolate chip cookies from Grand Lux Cafe. Baked to order and show up warm. Crispy edge, chewy middle and loaded with chocolate and pecans. YUM.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

JUST A REMINDER

One reader each week will get a spot in Favorite Three post. I'm already working on next week.

Here's the topic: Favorite Three Chain Restaurants (corporate owned...example: PF Changs).

Please follow the format from above (3 places, ranked in order, with a brief 2-3 sentences total). Please include the username you want used.

Please email all responses to: wcshalin at hotmail dot com

I'll select one random entry each week, and it will be included in this post with the EOW bloggers' responses. The others that aren't selected will be posted on my blog: www.themightyrib.com

Thank you in advance to all those participating!

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

The sticky toffee pudding at Feast is the best! The upside down apple tart from Phillipe is also delicious, anything from Ruggles, the tuxedo cake from Tony's, the mexican bread pudding at Cyclone Anaya's....oh man, I'm hungry now.

Cindy
Cindy

I second that!

Leahfursten
Leahfursten

I'm thinking you might be kidding about Caffe Bello's desserts. The crits unanimously panned them.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Zeppole at Poscol is definitely way up there.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Thank you for pointing that out Dessert Storm. Please rank highest to lowest. #1 being your absolute favorite.

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