Order this: Crave’s vanilla-dusted doughnuts.
Dainty, hand-held cakes that pass through the fryer and receive a final dusting of sugar? Yes, please. Doughnuts may be junk food at its finest, yet Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge, a sleek, five-month-old spot on the corner of 14th and Champa, manages to improve upon the age-old equation. Here, an order yields a glass bowl brimming with still warm, vanilla-sugared doughnut holes and a trio of dipping sauces: pomegranate compote, vanilla crème anglaise, and crème fraîche caramel. I say skip the crèmes and find a tangy yin to the doughnuts’ yang in the sweet-tart compote. 891 14th St., 303-586-4199, cravedenver.com