There are times when we look for more than just nourishment from our meals—we seek a spoonful of relief, a bowl of love, a slice of solace. Be it Denver's most decadent mashed potatoes, pancakes doused in syrup, or smothered fries, this is where we go to find a little culinary consolation.
Sweet Tooth That Won't Be Quieted
A bucket of ice cream, a stack of brownies—sugary solutions to life's hang-ups. But we can do better—our short, sweet list of Denver dessert favorites.
Sweet and rich—that's just what we like about tres leches cake. There are several versions of this Latin American dessert, but we like La Sandía's best because the kitchen keeps it traditional by using evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk. A slice of this layered dessert tastes like it should: bliss. 8340 E. 49th Ave., Unit 1690 (in the Northfield development), 303-373-9100, www.modernmexican.com/lasandia
The root beer float is such a simple pleasure: fizzy soda, melty vanilla ice cream, delicious foam, and, not least, a fun straw. Our favorite place to order this treat: the box seats at the Pepsi Center. 1000 Chopper Circle, 303-405-8555
We're admittedly head over heals for lemony desserts, but the lemon cake at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House steals the show. Sweet and tart, each forkful of the enormous slice tastes of fluffy cake with just-tangy-enough icing. Think a citrusy sweet can't stand up to a mean porterhouse or filet mignon? Order and believe. 8100 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, 303-796-0100
We can always find an excuse to cozy up with a piece of the Palomino Euro Bistro's pear bread pudding. The spot-on ratio of crispy crust to sweet fruit comes from being baked in the restaurant's superhot brick oven. So decadent is this goodie that it hardly needs the scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, but heck, why not. 1515 Arapahoe St., No. 150, 303-534-7800, www.palomino.com
Amanda M. Faison is 5280's food editor. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.