When the temperatures rise this summer, treat yourself to a cold and icy frozen dessert to cool you down. Rest assured, the Washington DC dining scene has much more to offer you than a simple scoop of ice cream. Read on to find out where you can find the best summertime desserts in the city.
Best Banana Split:
Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
This banana split is so big you can split it amongst a group of four, but it is so delicious you may want to keep it all to yourself. Central Michel Richard’s split comes deconstructed, with all of the ingredients presented separately, so you can create your own personal ice cream creation. Bananas, rich chocolate gelato, sweet strawberry sorbet and smooth vanilla-bean ice cream are served alongside bowls of hot fudge and caramel sauce, as well as nuts and fruit toppings. Enjoy this decadent dessert for $12.
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One of DC’s most popular food trucks is the Pleasant Pops Popsicle truck, and for good reason. Serving delicious popsicles in unique flavors, these popsicles are sweet, cold and even low in calories. Summer Strawberry is a local favorite as are the Chongos, made with Mexican sweet cream and cinnamon, basically tasting like a frozen churro. Watermelon Black Pepper and Cucumber Chile showcase the chef’s creativity and add an interesting layer of spice to your sweet treat. You can find the truck by going to its website, and in July 2012 the creators behind this craze will open up a store in Adams Morgan called Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market. Follow Pleasant Pops on Twitter to learn the truck’s locations and flavors each day.
Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
There are no ordinary milkshakes at Good Stuff Eatery. Here, milkshakes are lovingly spun by hand with unique flavor offerings such as Toasted Marshmallow, reminiscent of the marshmallows you roasted at campfires as a kid; Cookies and Cream, a reminder of the Oreos you still dunk in a cold glass of milk when no one is watching; and Vietnamese Coffee, for a combination of sugar and caffeine that will make sure you stay awake for the rest of the work day. These treats are available for only $5.25. As interjected on the website, “Bring on the brain-freeze.”
Best Foreign Dessert:
3512-14 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Scorching temperatures in India means Indian desserts are usually focused on what is cool and refreshing. At Indique, you can try one of Indian cuisine’s best desserts: kulfi. Similar to ice cream in its consistency, kulfi is creamy and sweet and can be infused with different flavors. At Indique, the kulfi is bursting with the flavor of spicy cardamom and heady saffron with an orange sauce to tie in the familiar summer fruit tastes. Try it for $6.
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Le Chat Noir
4907 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 200016
Crepes are delicious when just filled with lemon and sugar, but Le Chat Noir takes its crepes to a whole new level. This summer, try its Saint Martin. A thin crepe is filled with bananas and raisins, topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and then a drizzle of rum is flambéed to make this the most fun, rum-raisin ice cream treat ever. The price for this beautiful and succulent dessert is only $8.95, a great deal for the size of the dish. Bon appetit.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.