HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BALBOA!
In honor of Balboa Park’s Centennial, try the whiskey-moistened “Balboa” cake
with salted milk chocolate mousse, dark chocolate shortbread and a sprinkle
of 24-karat gold leaf at Extraordinary Desserts in Hillcrest and Little Italy.
Vacations are no time to skip dessert. Satisfy your sweet tooth with
these top picks from bakeries and restaurants around town.
TURRON DE HAVANA—AZÚCAR
Chocoholics (and Nutella fans) will fall
hard for this layered bar dessert with
hazelnut praline crunch, hazelnut caramel,
dark chocolate mousse, rich ganache and a
sprinkle of gold dust.
4820 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach
CHERRY LATTICE PIE—
BETTY’S WHOLE PIE SALOON
The individually sized sour Michigan cherry
pie with a lattice crust is the perfect treat.
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop
of whipped cream to take it over the top.
155 Quail Garden Drive, Encinitas
DOUGHNUTS AND DIPS—
GEORGE’S CALIFORNIA MODERN
In the capable hands of Pastry Chef Lori
Sauer, doughnuts are elevated to glorious
new heights. Served hot with inventive house-made sauces like espresso caramel and red
wine strawberry jam, they’re a game-changer.
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla
HALF-BAKED CHOCOLATE CAKE—
Pastry Chef Rachel King’s dessert menu
shifts with the seasons, but you’ll always be
able to score a molten chocolate cake with
caramel sauce and a scoop of house-made
vanilla ice cream.
910 Prospect St., La Jolla
This burger and beer joint is known for big
portions, but save room for this killer coconut creation baked in a mini cast-iron skillet
with a shortbread cookie crust, gooey caramel and a generous scoop of ice cream.
2750 Dewey Road, Suite 193, Point Loma
Try the Cosmic Coconut
Cream Pie, Sinless Cinnamon Rolls and Funky Fudge
Brownie at this raw, vegan
and gluten-/soy-free eatery.
4230 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach
and 133 Daphne St., Encinitas
Enjoy cookies, bars, mini pies,
bread pudding and more. The
passion fruit and coconut
cupcake is a real winner.
204 N. El Camino Real,
True Food Kitchen
Located in Fashion Valley Mall,
this eatery’s health-conscious
approach extends to their dessert menu, with indulgent items
like flourless chocolate cake
and chia seed pudding.
7007 Friars Road,
Starry Lane Bakery
The shelves of this bakery are
fully stocked with gluten-free
goodies, including cookies,
cupcakes, muffins, pies,
pound cakes and bars.
10769 Woodside Ave., Santee