Celebrating National Dessert Day in South Lake Tahoe
It’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth: Saturday, Oct. 14, marks National Dessert Day, and there are plenty of spots in South Lake Tahoe to get your fix.
From traditional ice cream shops to bakeries, gourmet restaurants with lengthy dessert menus and everything in between, South Shore is the place to indulge and treat yourself this weekend. (And we hear the calories don’t count because it’s somewhat of a holiday.)
This high-end restaurant located on Kingsbury Grade took home first place in Best of Tahoe’s dessert category, likely due to its signature hot chocolate lava cake: Made with Godiva liqueur, the rich dessert is served warm with a molten center and topped with chocolate sauce, Heath bar and vanilla ice cream.
Pro tip: For those with a more advanced sweet tooth, consider substituting the vanilla ice cream with Chart House’s peanut butter swirl for an even richer flavor.
The Baked Bear
By now you’ve likely heard of this made-to-order ice cream sandwich shop that opened in Heavenly Village this past March. The Baked Bear offers larger-than-life portions of its custom ice cream, which is then pressed between two cookies of your choosing (or, up your game and get brownies instead).
Ice cream flavors range from traditional favorites like mint chip and cookies ‘n’ cream to unique ones like Bear Batter (cake batter ice cream with brownies and fudge) and strawberry cheesecake.
Evan’s American Gourmet Café
Evan’s is a restaurant of fine dining with an extensive dessert menu that rotates seasonally: Keep an eye out for the Frozen White Chocolate Mousse (served on a dark chocolate cookie crust with raspberry sauce) and Butter Pecan Bananas Foster (butter pecan ice cream served with sliced bananas, candied pecans, Chantilly cream and rum sauce).
Evan’s is located at 536 Emerald Bay Road.
Aloha Ice Cream
The standard ice cream shop offers a mix of flavors, as well as ice cream cakes (which Aloha sells by the slice) and more. Whether you want a sundae, ice cream with a homemade cookie or served in a waffle cone, Aloha is the place to be.
The ice cream shop is found at 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Art of Gelato
Nestled in Ski Run Marina, Art of Gelato offers a wide variety of rich flavors that occasionally rotate. Indulge in the likes of peanut butter cup, spumoni, pistachio, dark chocolate and coconut gelato, or go for a lighter option with one of the spot’s fruit sorbets.
Art of Gelato is open Fridays through Sundays from 2-8 p.m. during shoulder season, so get in while you can.