Best Summertime Desserts In Washington DC

July 10, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Dangerously Delicious Pies

Summertime means celebrating the season of fresh ingredients. These top places to get your summertime dessert fix are no different. Featuring this summer’s juiciest berries and fruits in creations from the traditional pies and tarts to innovative ice pops and gelato, they will satiate your sugar fix without weighing you down.

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1560 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4646

Passionate about its ingredients and sourcing from local farmers, Dolcezza brings the most delicious gelato with unique flavors to the DC area. All gelatos are made fresh that morning so you know you’re getting the best of what the season has to offer. While any gelato is a nice cool treat on a warm summer day, for the lightest flavors, be sure to try the subtle lemon ricotta cardamom, which has a beautiful citrus flavor scented with the exotic cardamom spice for an aromatic delight. And for a zero fat snack, try the sorbets, called sorbetto. These light beauties do not include dairy and will change your notion of what gourmet sorbet can be. For a refreshing after-dinner treat, enjoy the cucumber-mint-vodka sorbetto. Dolcezza serves coffee and espresso drinks to complement your dessert and be sure to not overlook the perfectly fried and slightly sweet churros. You can follow Dolcezza on Twitter @DolcezzaGelato.

Dangerously Delicious Pies
1338 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 398-7437

Nothing says summer like a slice of pie. At Dangerously Delicious Pies in the Atlas District of DC, it specializes in the most glorious pies to light up your summer taste buds. Choices abound, starting with summer delights like cherry, blueberry or blackberry pies. The cherry pie features sour cherries sourced locally for the juiciest, tasty filling. There’s even a mixed berry filled with the freshest, ripened fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. If you’re in the mood for some classic apple pie, Dangerously Delicious will not disappoint with three different types of apple pie. There’s the roasted apple cinnamon, which is a chess pie, the traditional apple pie just like grandma used to make and the apple crumb that features an oatmeal crust. All pies can be paired with fresh whipped cream and ice cream. For pies on the go, check out the Pie Truck, which can be found around DC on Twitter at @ThePieTruckDC.

Pleasant Pops
1781 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 558-5224

Reminiscent of childhood, these ice pops kick it up a notch with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Pleasant Pops are paletas, which are Mexican ice pops that features fruits, fresh herbs, veggies and dairy. Try the refreshing flavors like honey lavender, strawberries ginger lemonade, pineapple basil or the more deliciously unusual guac pop with avocado and lime. With a nod to the old fashioned ice cream trucks, look for the Big Poppa food truck on Twitter @pleasantpops.

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Poste Moderne Brasserie
555 8th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-6060

No restaurant does fresh, seasonal and local like Poste. Situated in the heart of Penn Quarter inside the Hotel Monaco, Poste has its very own garden in its courtyard, which is a perfect way to beat the summer heat. While there, sample some of the seasonal summer desserts featuring locally sourced fruits. This summer, try the peach and blueberry claufutis with fruit from Toigo Farms in Pennsylvania. A claufutis is a popular French dessert that bakes fruit into a flan-like batter that is then dusted with powdered sugar. Poste’s version will include a brown sugar caramel sauce and a side of whipped cream that incorporates Catoctin Creek Peach Brandy for a nice fruity kick. For a weekly summer special, check out the Penn Quarter Farmers Market fruit tart. You’ll find executive chef Dennis Marron at the Thursday farmers’ market searching for the best of the season’s ingredients to incorporate in the seasonal fruit tart. From apples to cherries, the fruit and dairy is sourced from vendors at the market for Poste’s tart with seasonal ice cream. You can follow chef Marron on Twitter @ChefDMarron.

Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats
1370 Park Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-9700

For the best seasonal cupcakes in DC, head over to Sticky Fingers in Columbia Heights. Featuring desserts with no dairy, eggs or animal products in them, Sticky Fingers is a DC favorite and two-time winner of “Cupcake Wars.” Its seasonal cupcakes feature the best ingredients of the season. More than just cupcakes, try the seasonal whoopie pies. A whoopie pie is two round pieces of light fluffy cake sandwiched with frosting in between. The strawberry lemonade whoopie pie is a summertime favorite. Wash down your summertime desserts with coffee or one of Sticky Fingers’ newest vegan milkshakes. You can follow Sticky Fingers on Twitter @StickyFingersDC.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at