8 Must-Try New Desserts in Chicago
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There’s a side effect of finally booking a table at one of Chicago’s hot new restaurants: It’s called over-ordering. But tread lightly before filling up on pizza and calzones at Bar Siena, or overdoing it on Momotaro’s curry udon. Because after seeing these treats, you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert.
The Betty’s Miniature Pies
The retro-style lounge specializes in inventive cocktails (try the Coffee + Cigarettes). But the Betty’s hidden gem is its small yet lovely dessert selection, which includes pint-size pies. Flavors change often, but you just may luck into homemade piecrusts filled with strawberry ice cream.
839 W. Fulton Market; 312-733-2222 or thebettychicago.com
Parlor Pizza Bar’s Birthday Cake Waffles
At the Green Street pizza spot, the breakfast selection includes waffles topped with vanilla-bean ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce, maple syrup and a dash of sprinkles. Now you know where to spend the morning on your big day.
108 N. Green St.; 312-600-6090 or parlorchicago.com
Bar Siena’s Nutella Calzones
If you’re counting calories, we really hate to tell you this: Bar Siena offers Nutella calzones. Stuffed with vanilla-bean gelato and hazelnuts, the flaky treats are slathered in the maddeningly addictive chocolate sauce.
832 W. Randolph St.; 312-492-7775 or barsiena.com
Prime & Provisions’ Tableside S’mores
Campfire season may be over, but at the downtown steakhouse, s?mores are prepared with a kind of flourish that?s tough to find at Starved Rock. Servers pour hot, melted chocolate over a chocolate dome filled with graham cracker, marshmallow and ice cream. And as the dome melts, actual campfire smoke is released.
222 N. Lasalle St.; 312-726-7777 or primeandprovisions.com
GreenRiver’s Panna Cotta
The new Streeterville restaurant has the sickest patio we’ve seen since Trump opened, so hightail it over for some saffron spaghetti on the terrace. While you’re at it, try the milk-chocolate panna cotta, topped with toasted-hazelnut praline, smoked meringue and pickled kumquats.
259 E. Erie St., 18th fl.; 312-337-0101 or greenriverchi.com
Cantina 1910’s Churros
Andersonville’s new Mexican restaurant sources most of its ingredients from Midwestern farms. While we’re dying to peek inside the preservation kitchen, we’ll gladly hang by the walk-up pastry window for now. The stand doles out treats including churros with honey icing.
5025 N. Clark St.; 773-506-1910 or cantina-1910.com
Cindy’s at Chicago Athletic Association’s Blueberry Tarts
It’s nighttime in the Loop, and you’re craving something sweet. Don’t panic. (And don’t stoop to Dunkin’ D’s.) Cindy’s at the CAA is open till the wee hours all week, and it has wild-Michigan-blueberry tarts topped with vanilla crème fraîche and almond streusel.
12 S. Michigan Ave.; 844-312-2221 or chicagoathletichotel.com