When you live in a place like Sin City, you get to know all the Seven Deadly Sins. Practice sloth at the pools, greed in the poker rooms, lust at the nightclubs, envy at the boutiques, pride at the spas and wrath at McCarran International Airport when you’re leaving Vegas. But save gluttony for dessert, because Las Vegas certainly serves up some fine dishes when it comes to this course. Here’s a look at the best desserts in Las Vegas. You can do your penance back home.
1 Chocolate & Spice Bakery
Former Aureole pastry chef Megan Romano just opened Chocolate & Spice Bakery, serving up her infamous bon bons, truffles and bark. Inside find ice creams and shakes while tarts, pies and cakes are available for pick up and can be custom ordered to suit any occasion. Other tasty highlights on the menu include the Romano family recipe banana vanilla bean cream pie, a tequila lime chocolate bar, chocolate chip and tangerine zest cookies, almond rocher with fleur de sel and a dark chocolate truffle cake.
2 Jean Philippe Patisserie
While Vegas didn’t get its nickname because of chef Jean-Philippe Maury, the desserts here are certainly sinful. The French just know how to do dessert right, and this European-style pastry shop is no exception. Chocolates, cookies, cakes and crepes, the four Cs of the French dessert world, will find their way into pretty boxes that won’t make it home because you’ll be devouring them. At the Bellagio, look for the floor-to-ceiling chocolate fountain, an exercise in decadence at its finest.
3 Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro
Remember when you were a kid and your mom said you couldn’t eat just dessert? Well, she was wrong. This Parisian cafe from chef Francois Payard features a crepe station, chocolate shop and pastries. You must have the George V, a chocolate and vanilla mousse with carmelized peanuts and a biscuit. It’s a double dose of gluttony. Dine at the cafe or the restaurant.
4 Bradley Ogden
Bananas Foster is one thing. But do it up Bradley Ogden-style and you have one of most devilish dishes ever. Chef Jeff Henderson recently featured the Bananas Foster Cake on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Instead of just serving sautéed bananas over some vanilla bean ice cream, Ogden twists the traditional dessert with a banana cake and cream cheese ice cream. The cake is like a soft, fluffy banana bread that’s topped with rum, butter, banana liqueur, cinnamon and the star, bananas. Sinfully good isn’t even an accurate description.
5 Sugar Factory American Brasserie
Talk about a sweet spot. Sugar Factory American Brasserie features 30,000 square feet of restaurant, retail space and the decadent Chocolate Lounge, each serving up sweets 24 hours a day. In the restaurant, dine on tarts, cakes and pastries along with fondues in hazelnut, peanut butter and rocky road. Munch on sweet pizzas in caramel custard and Carolina custard or indulge in a massive sundae with red velvet or strawberry cheesecake. Afterward, head to the retail store for Couture Pops endorsed by the likes of Kim Kardashian, the Pussycat Dolls and Britney Spears. This place can make your teeth hurt.