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Colleen Dunn | Photo: Courtesy Image | June 24, 2013
If there’s one thing we’re sweet on, it’s summertime. While you may have outgrown running after the ice cream truck, you’re never too old for dessert. Here’s our hit list on San Diego’s best summer sweets!
1. Table 926 owes its color palate (vibrant pops of bright blue that contrast well with the dining room’s dark woods) to its location--you’ll find the barely-one-year-old resto on Turquoise Street in P.B. The dessert menu pops, too, thanks to farm-fresh ingredients. Our summer pick? The buttermilk scone with housemade strawberry jam, fresh berries, and crème fraiche sorbet. 926 Turquoise St., table926.com
2. The Ebinger’s chocolate blackout cake at Brooklyn Girl is a perennial fave (and a total splurge), but as summer heats up we find ourselves gravitating toward the blueberry and lemon pie in a jar. The light but bright dessert has homespun charm and sophisticated appeal, just like the Mission Hills neighborhood eatery. Bonus? Walk-ins who hoped in vain for a table (reservations definitely recommended!) now find solace in a handful of dedicated seats at the new marble-topped oyster bar. 4033 Goldfinch St., brooklyngirleatery.com
3. Pastry chef extraordinaire Jack Fisher puts Cucina Urbana’s wood-fired pizza oven to good use, roasting juicy summer peaches for a goats milk panna cotta and lightening tiramisu with plump strawberries from Suzie’s Farm. While we carbo-load our way through the menu at this Banker’s Hill mainstay we keep repeating to ourselves, “leave room for dessert…leave room for dessert!” 505 Laurel St., cucinaurbana.com
4. Look no further than the Mt. Helix garden of Red Door owner Trish Watlington for the source of the tart berries that go into chef Miguel Valdez’ garden blackberry and rosemary cornmeal cake. This bright slice of summer at the Mission Hills restaurant is a highlight on a farm-fresh menu so full of heirloom veggies, it reads like a (delicious!) garden seed catalog. 741 W. Washington St., thereddoorsd.com
5. Dessert? At brunch? Oh yes indeed, if they’re the airy honey dough fritters Katherine Humphus crafts for 100 Wines in Hillcrest. Sugary and sweet, they’re balanced by fresh citrus segments. Also captivating our sweet tooth? The pastry-adept chef’s “ménage a trois,” featuring an amaretto pots de crème with housemade marshmallows, decadent chocolate ganache with peanut butter brittle and the summer fruit pièce de résistance, a delightfully tart cherry cheesecake. 1027 University Ave., cohnrestaurants.com