D Bar Desserts
1475 E.17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Not many sit-down restaurants can successfully focus solely on desserts, but Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey broke the mold with D Bar Desserts. The menu is divided into broad daylight and desserts at night, along with teas, cocktails and wine. The “Molten Cake Thingy Everybody Has…” uses Madagascar 64-percent chocolate, cherry compote, cherry coulis and pistachio ice cream. The best part for people with gluten allergies? It’s gluten free. Now everyone can enjoy the delicious desserts. The evening menu offers key lime custard with pineapple mango chutney and buttermilk panna cotta with raspberry cloud and prickly pear sorbet.
1487 S.Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
Izakaya Den is a friendly family-owned establishment run by the Kizaki family. It is best known for its stunning selection of fresh sushi and seafood delivered straight out of the sea. You may even mistake yourself for being in Maine. But the restaurant’s desserts are just as delicious. Favorites include the banana cream pie, a family recipe passed down from generation to generation, that’s made in-house daily. It sells out quickly due to its light and airy texture and perfectly balanced banana and cream flavor. Don’t miss the pineapple upside-down cake or the signature mochi red bean and green tea ice creams.
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Leaf and Crumb
4416 E. 8th Ave.
Denver, CO 80220
Jennifer Akina founded Leaf and Crumb in the midst of earning a doctorate in pharmacology, choosing to forgo the medical world and instead use those skills to enhance her lifelong love of baking. From lemon ricotta to strawberry Swiss buttercream, the cupcakes are a work of art. Summer calls for Leaf and Crumb’s lavender orange cupcakes, perfect for dinner parties and birthday celebrations. The artists create beautiful wedding and themed cakes as well.
3990 Broadway St.
Boulder, CO 80304
Jen Bush, the executive pastry chef of Lucky’s Bakehouse, locally sources ingredients and bakes everything from scratch in small-batch recipes. Specialties include vivid violet blueberry-lavender ice cream or “Uncle Pete’s” salted licorice ice cream. Don’t miss the savory selections including goat cheese mini-galettes.
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1600 W. 33rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Pastry chef Samm Sherman applies Root Down’s “field to fork” mentality to sensational sweets as she puts her own special spin on traditional desserts. White chocolate cheesecake is caramelized with candied rhubarb, raspberry coulis and pistachio crumble while chocolate coconut truffle is paired with avocado lime sorbet and fresh strawberries. And if you have an early carving for something sweet, Root Down is the place. It offers brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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