If it’s spring in Texas, that means it must be berry season. Fresh berries are on the menu at restaurants across Texas and there’s no better way to consume these delights than in delicious desserts and cocktails. We’ve got a roundup of some of the best berry desserts and other treats on offer at great restaurants across the Lone Star State.
Check out these creations that include fresh blueberries, sweet strawberries, and juicy blackberries, and then start planning your meals out to try the fresh summer taste that the state’s great chefs are offering right now.
1. Blueberry Pie
La Panadería, San Antonio
This stunning fruit dessert looks more like a piece of modern art than blueberry pie, but don’t be fooled. The pastry features vanilla bean and blueberry mousses layered between soft sponge cake and topped with a vibrant blue glacage.
Sitting atop a bed of shredded coconut and a homemade sweet dough cookie, you can’t go wrong with this seasonal sweet treat.
2. Gin’s In
backYARD at Waller Creek, Austin
The Gin’s In is made with Dripping Springs Artisan Gin, strawberry & white balsamic shrub and rhubarb bitters, garnished with a whole fresh strawberry and cucumber peel.
3. Strawberry Mint Sorbet
Boiler Nine Bar + Grill, Austin
This refreshing Strawberry Mint Sorbet made with kombucha, lime, and black pepper meringue is a perfect way to cool down during a hot night on the town.
4. Blueberry & Ricotta Pancakes
Bulla Gastrobar, Plano
Berries go great with brunch, and these Blueberry & Ricotta Pancakes delight guests as a sweet way to start the day, topped with blueberry compote and lime gel.
5. Lemon Blueberry French Toast
District Kitchen + Cocktails, Austin
Pastry Chef Dennis Van has created a Lemon Blueberry French Toast made with homemade lemon bread and served with a fresh blueberry lavender compote. Warm berry syrup and lemon bread? Yes, please.
6. The Godfather 11
Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar, Austin
This cocktail made with Larceny bourbon, house-made blueberry vermouth, ravage Cabernet, blueberry simple syrup, and rose + cardamom bitters will have you singing the blues in the best way possible.
7. Blueberry Basil Margarita
RJ Mexican Cuisine, Dallas
This margarita highlights a sweet berry flavor as it quenches thirst through its blend of Dulce Vida Reposado, Patron Citronge, blueberry simple syrup, blueberries, lemon and lime juice, agave nectar, and a garnish of fresh basil.
8. Strawberry Short-Bundt Cake
Chef Graham Dodds combines two classics to create a modern-day fruit dessert. Instead of using an angel food cake or biscuit as a strawberry shortcake, the dessert highlights fresh strawberries over a tasty bundt cake with a lemon poppy seed glaze and candied pepitas.
9. Strawberry Panna Cotta
A delectable treat from Executive Pastry Chef Michelle Arcilla Hall, the Strawberry Panna Cotta is made with oat crumble, coconut, and basil seed.
10. Dolly’s Pardon
Street’s Fine Chicken, Dallas
A classy cocktail reminiscent of the country super star, Dolly Parton, the Dolly’s Pardon is a refreshing and tasteful blend of Aylesbury Duck Vodka, champagne, Cointreau, blackberry liqueur, and fresh blackberries.
11. Espresso Crusted Elk
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, Dallas
Using fresh berries in a savory dish elevates it. This creative dish from seasoned chef Tony Street combines unique, wild game with a seasonal twist using fresh fruit and features espresso crusted elk topped with a blackberry port reduction.