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Eat Right: Best Restaurants in Columbus for Dessert

 Shelley Mann Eat Right: Best Restaurants in Columbus for DessertThe Deconstructed Tiramisu from Basi Italia — Photo by Walker Evans.
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Always save room for dessert. Especially when you’re eating at one of these restaurants, where the dessert offerings go far beyond the basics. Whether they employ an in-house pastry chef, change the offerings with the season, or switch up the classics with unexpected ingredients, these restaurants rank among the best in Columbus when it comes to the last course.

Angry Bear Kitchen
2653 North High Street — Old North Columbus
Just like the changing-daily specials board at Angry Bear, the dessert menu options are constantly rotating as well. You’ll always find the restaurant’s signature carrot cake with walnut cream, but definitely take the chance on that night’s “something chocolatey” or “something fruity”—all are presented with the same artistry and eye to detail as the entrees.

Barcelona Restaurant
263 East Whittier Street — German Village
Barcelona’s pastry chef Stephanie Kincaid has lots of fun in the kitchen whipping up her Spanish-inspired desserts. Try the Pastel de Pina, a pineapple upside-down cake with Catalan cream, burnt sugar and a vanilla rum-soaked cherry; or the Tarta de Santiago, a Spanish almond cake with dulce de leche, whipped mocha ganache and crushed Marcona almonds.

Basi Italia
811 Highland Street — Victorian Village
Basi takes the same approach to desserts as it does with much of the rest of the menu — classics, revisited. Don’t miss the deconstructed tiramisu, with a mason jar of espresso-and-mascarpone custard dusted in cocoa powder and garnished with an elegant ladyfinger and a dollop of whipped cream.

Black Creek Bistro
51 Parsons Avenue — Olde Towne East
Black Creek’s pastry chef makes desserts in house, and each day’s offering is inspired by seasonal, local ingredients. Think rhubarb tarts in warmer months, pear cake infused with Chai tea in the winter. Guests rave about the Bacon Bourbon Crème Brulee.

G. Michael’s Bistro
595 South Third Street — German Village
The desserts change daily at this Lowcountry-inspired bistro, but watch for fun bread puddings (like peanut butter and chocolate or sourdough and chocolate chip), Napoleons (a blueberry with honey mascarpone) and tarts (the lemon gingersnap is a perennial favorite).

Mozart’s
4784 North High Street — Clintonville
There are so many terrific sweet options at Mozart’s, it’s hard to make a decision on which dessert to order. European tortes by the slice are reliably excellent. Try the Sacher Torte, a famed Austrian confection made with special-recipe chocolate cake layered with European apricot preserves and enrobed in chocolate fondant; or the Strawberry Champagne Torte, a delightful blend of Cointreau-infused vanilla cake layered with strawberry champagne buttercream and strawberry preserves.

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
1092 Bethel Road — Northwest Columbus
Desserts don’t get more refined than the French-inspired masterpieces at The Refectory. The best-known is the Warm Pear Tarte, with poached pears on puff pastry, topped with pistachio ice cream and fresh raspberries, surrounded by a sunshine-inspired pool of raspberry and mango coulis and crème anglaise.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
215 North Fourth Street — Downtown
In a world of endless variations on lava cake, the creativity of the desserts at Wolf’s Ridge is refreshing. A recent Chocolate Layer Cake, for instance, was sided with roasted marshmallows and graham cracker ice cream for a fun play on s’mores. And a delightful Chocolate Fudge Bar comes with popcorn ice cream, kettle corn and is drizzled in dry-hopped caramel.

The Worthington Inn
649 High Street — Worthington
On the venerated Inn’s main dessert menu, you’ll find updated twists on classic desserts such as a Catalan Crème Brulee made with toasted fennel and orange. But keep an eye out for inventive dessert specials like a Deconstructed Fluffernutter made with peanut butter cake, house marshmallow, caramel-infused bananas, raspberry coulis and candied peanuts.

Z Cucina
1368 Grandview Avenue — Grandview Heights
All the desserts are made from scratch daily at this Grandview Italian spot. The longtime favorite sweet ending has been the Butterscotch Panna Cotta, but also worth checking out are a Carrot Mascarpone Cake made with bourbon-raisin compote and cream cheese marshmallow, or a cannoli-crusted Vanilla Bean Brûlee Cheesecake with roasted strawberries.

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Dine Originals Columbus celebrates, supports and promotes the culinary diversity that locally owned and operated member restaurants contribute to the identity and culture of our city. The nonprofit group is committed to strengthening the local economy and enriching the community through education and charitable partnerships.

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