They tell us that, amidst our rampantly unhealthy, over processed food industry, we should be more health-minded than ever when it comes to eating today. Organic, low-fat, whole grain, all natural; we need all these things now to be the best and healthiest we can be. Your temple of a body will definitely thank you, but your taste buds, maybe not so much. A man or woman can only take so much grilled, organic, grass-fed, low-fat chicken and gerbil food-like cereal before they snap.
Live a little and get some taste bud therapy at any five of these great Tampa dessert destinations.
The Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern’s is arguably just as popular for its decadent deserts as Bern’s is for its steak and wine. It’s almost a separate restaurant in itself, lined with private booths made from old wine caskets perfect for relaxed after-meal conversation and desert.
Enjoy all-homemade deserts made to order including bananas foster, dulce de leche liquid center cake, various pies, sorbets, ice creams, and more.
Ah, crepes; light, sweet, and decadent, they possess all the qualities of a great dessert and, as La Creperia surely knows, are quite versatile. Offering over 40 different varieties of sweet and savory crepes, La Creperia knows what they’re doing when it comes to bringing this French classic to Ybor.
Try the La Prima Donna – a Nutella-filled crepe dusted with powdered sugar and topped with whipped cream; or their famous Romeo Y Julietta crepe filled with bananas, strawberries, and delicious Nutella.
Man, if you live in Tampa and just think cupcakes are for kids, you are seriously missing out. The Cupcake Spot takes the idea of the cupcake and gives it a gourmet makeover like you’ve probably never seen, or tasted for that matter.
Their signature Better Than cupcakes are a crowning achievement in small desserts. A spongy chocolate chip cake topped with cream cheese and chocolate chip icing, the Better Than just might be better than any cupcake you’ve had before.
Bo’s has been appeasing the needs of Tampa sweet tooths since 1954 when original owner, Ken Bosanko, opened this unassuming ice cream hub on Florida Avenue. Not much has changed since then. Bo’s serves up the same soft serve ice cream, hand dipped creations, and rich milkshakes. Sometimes you just gotta forget about all the trappings of elegant, restaurant dessert and just get a big, towering cone of vanilla soft serve. Lucky for us, Bo’s will provide.
Gelato, when described, almost seems like a mythical creation; a cold, creamy desert richer than ice cream with about half the fat content. How does that even work?
Who knows? What we do know is that it’s absolutely delicious, and served up fresh daily at Gelateria Del Duomo in the International Plaza. Flavors range from creme brulee to peanut butter and Irish cream. Other sweet-minded items include cakes, sweet coffee drinks, and refreshments.