April 6, 2015

Best-kept secrets: Dessert places in Austin

Looking for great desserts in Austin? Look no further?

Looking for great desserts in Austin? Look no further?

Students of chef schools in Texas no doubt appreciate the incredible variety that the Lone Star State brings to the table in terms of restaurants. No matter what kind of cuisine you’re looking to sample, Texas delivers quality options in droves, and this is rarely as true as it is in Austin. Featuring block after block of critically acclaimed restaurants, the liberal heart of Texas is absolutely packed to bursting with quality options for delicious nights out. Nonetheless, sometimes dessert is the best part of any meal. Luckily, Austin isn’t exactly lacking in great sweet purveyors, either. Take a look at this list of some of the best kept secrets for dessert places in Austin and be sure to try a few out next time you visit:

Gordough’s
If you’re a fan of all things involving fried dough, than this restaurant is an absolute must-visit during your next trip to Austin. The restaurant operates two sedentary locations in Austin as well as a food truck that travels across the city, delighting patrons with its sweet treats. While the restaurants also boast a selection of craft beers and well prepared menu items for those looking for a whole meal, Gordough’s desserts are what has made the establishment famous. The menu includes fried doughnuts with every topping imaginable, so as to cater to a broad array of patrons. Next time you’re here, be sure to try the Flying Pig, a fried donut covered in maple icing and freshly fried bacon, which comes recommended by Epicuriousities.

Sweetish Hill Bakery
This bakery has been operating in Austin for more than three decades and remains a favorite among locals. Unlike many dessert-driven establishments in the area, Sweetish Hill is actually open for three meals a day, so you can always swing in to get your sugar fix. The staff here prides themselves on crafting breads, desserts and more from premium locally sourced ingredients, reducing their carbon footprint and maximizing flavor. You can come through in the morning to be delighted by Sweetish Hill’s wide array of breads or stop in later in the day to try one of its desserts. According to USA Today, common menu items include cakes, cookies, cupcakes, fruit empanadas and more!

Amy’s Ice Cream
Sometimes, only ice cream will do to satiate an active sweet tooth. If that sounds like something you experience regularly, then Amy’s Ice Cream is somewhere that you absolutely have to try. Located at 1012 West Sixth Street in Austin, this ice cream parlor has become a favorite of locals and tourists alike for its incredible diversity of flavors. With flavors like Lemon Cheesecake, Mexican Vanilla and Blueberry Muffin, you’ll be sure to find something you’ll love, no matter what taste profile defines your palate. Better still, Amy’s stays open until 1 AM on the weekends, so you can check it out after a night at a show or out at the bars.