Sweet Tooth Satisfaction
Ice Cream The proprietors of Lick (2032 S. Lamar) not only source milk, cream, and eggs locally but also the fruits, vegetables, and herbs used to create their distinctive flavors.
Miles of Chocolate One bite of this dense chocolate brownie-truffle hybrid will make your eyes roll back in your head with pleasure; good thing local retailers carry this delectable local treat.
Doughnuts I'm partial to the cinnamon sugar-dusted ones from Gourdough's (1503 S. First) but their selection also includes decadent belt-busters; the vegan doughnuts from Red Rabbit Cooperative are righteous and delicious, and the old-school goodies from Mrs. Johnson's (4909 Airport Blvd.) are available all night long.
Gelato Matt "Tèo" Lee apprenticed in Italy and makes the most decadent gelato you're likely to get this side of the Atlantic, with organic, Central Texas milk (Tèo Espresso, 1206 W. 38th).
Lammes Candies (multiple locations) has been Austin's signature candymaker since 1885.
Jams & Jellies Search for a Confituras booth at our Downtown or Mueller farmers' markets to take home a jar of the best seasonal fruit flavors Central Texas has to offer.
Macarons Not far from each other in the SoFi 'hood, La Patisserie (602 W. Annie) and Elizabeth Street Cafe (1501 S. First) both feature the ethereal French delicacies.
Adult Dessert Treats Amy's Ice Creams (multiple locations) makes Big Kid S'mores with dark chocolate bars and Mexican vanilla marshmallow, as well as a Tito's-Vodka-laced, White-Russian-inspired flavor called "The Dude."
Lemon Curd Tarts My favorite local dessert is available at any Cake & Spoon Baking Company booth at local farmers' markets every weekend.
Fresh Pastries I'm currently partial to the cinnamon-sugar crusted elephant ears from Upper Crust Bakery (4508 Burnet Rd.) and anything from Jodi Elliott's weekly Foreign & Domestic Bake Sale (503 E. 53rd).
- Off the Beaten Path
- Celebrating St. Patrick's Day Forgo the green beer in favor of some Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's