Fun facts about dessert:
- You can totally buy (and eat!) birthday cake on any idle Wednesday (regardless of if it’s your birthday or not)
- Pie is a great anytime snack
- The cake is a lie (shout out to the nerds in the back!)
I have to say, one of the best parts about being an adult is the choice I have of eating a ‘well-rounded meal’ for dinner, or just grabbing dessert and calling it good. After eating my way through Houston for years, I’ve developed my list of “the infamous eight” desserts that you have to try. Take a peek at my list below and plan a special trip to the ones you haven’t eaten!
Rise is a favorite here on the Houston travel blog. There’s something so decadent about eating a cloud…and that’s exactly how I describe eating the soufflés at rise no2, they’re sweet clouds of perfection. What’s better, certain flavors rotate seasonally so you have a reason to come back again and again. The Key Lime is a particular favorite of the staff, and the Grand Marnier is a personal favorite of mine.
As a city blessed with an exorbitant abundance of Tex Mex, y’all know I couldn’t make this list without including my favorite tres leches cake! I’ve found that tres leches is a very personal choice, and loyalty waters run deep. I firmly stand behind my pick for Chuy’s as the best Tres Leches because I’ve not only eaten it for over a decade (the consistency is unwavering), but I’ve actually been on a mission for the last five years in Houston to find a better tres leches than Chuy’s, and I haven’t found one yet.
Sipping a cup of Drinking Chocolate on a cool fall day in Texas is one of my guilty pleasures. Imagine hot chocolate that’s so thick it’s almost like drinking a melted chocolate bar whipped with milk…that’s drinking chocolate. More than four ounces of this stuff and I’m sure you could run a marathon effortlessly. Here in Houston, The Chocolate Bar serves up a scrumptious serving of drinking chocolate topped with your choice of whipped cream or marshmallows. Sip slowly and enjoy!
Boasting over 40 different kinds of pies, cakes, cheesecakes, and other dessert goodies, House of Pies certainly lives up to its namesake. Having tried most of their desserts, my favorite is – hands down – the Strawberry Rhubarb pie. A slice isn’t enough to do it for me, I always invest in a whole one, and it’s perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee. Their combination of buttery crust, sweet strawberries, and tangy rhubarb gets me every time.
Yet another favorite here on the blog…Goode Co.’s Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie. Sweet nectar of the gods is this pie good! Grandmother approved, this is the only pecan pie my Granny (who has been baking for 80+ years) agrees is better than her own. No joke, grab two or three whole pies next time you’re passing by any Goode Co. – realizing you’re down to one piece is heartbreaking.
If it isn’t apparent yet, I’ve got a thing for pie. Proud Pie out in Katy does it right, too. Making grandmothers everywhere proud, they bake their pies in small batches with real butter and heavy cream without additives or preservatives. I highly recommend the Snickerdoodle Peach or the Lemon Chess with Blueberries, and if you’d like to get in a little BINGO with your pie, visit on a Tuesday night for Proud Pie BINGO at 7 p.m. where the winners walk away with whole pies!
Stand back, ladies and gents, and prepare for churro perfection. What do you get when you mix a fresh churro with premium ice cream? That’d be Houston’s most Instagram’d dessert at Red Circle! Skip on over to Chinatown to experience this cone of confectionery delight. The duo of a warm, cinnamon sugar churro combined with cold ice cream explodes as a myriad of flavors, textures, and temperatures in your mouth that you aren’t soon to forget. Fair warning, though, addiction is imminent.
Banana Pudding is so Southern, y’all. If you’re eating a truly decadent serving, your first bite to your last is as comforting as a warm hug on a cool night. We take ‘nana pudding seriously ‘round these parts and as a true connoisseur, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my Moonshiners Banana Pudding addiction. Here’s their recipe: procure one large Mason jar; fill with creamy vanilla custard; intermingle fresh sliced bananas and Nilla wafers; slather the top with fresh whipped cream; serve with a massive spoon. I’ve legitimately eaten ‘lunch’ at Moonshiners at the bar and just ordered Banana Pudding…I regret nothing.
I know I’ve got your taste buds tingling and your eyes glazed over, so get out of the house and down to one of these fabulous establishments for dessert! Make sure to check out our other posts and Houston hotels on travel.hilton.com/houston to plan your Houston trip stat. We can’t wait to see you!