Crème brûlée, panna cotta and tiramisu will probably be on dessert menus forevermore — and honestly, who's complaining about that? But it's nice to see pastry chefs experimenting with flavors that go far beyond chocolate.
New York magazine's Grub Street compiled 101 desserts from across the country that are new, different and "crazy-awesome" from updated classics including chartreuse-flavored milkshakes at New York's Bowery Diner to originals like the Lemon Polenta Cake from Chinato in Cleveland.
Representing Houston is Pondicheri and chef/owner Anita Jaisinghani's chai pie. With a crust of crushed Indian Parle-G cookies, a layer of caramel, chilled chai filling and whipped cream, Jaisinghani told Grub Street that "It's absolutely delicious and you will never have anything like it in your life."
While Houston will have to make do with only one entry, Texas is well represented. The "Black and White" by Philip Speer of Austin's Uchiko made the list (although frankly anything Speer does at Uchi and Uchiko is list-worthy), as did the decadent "Romeo and Juliet" waffle sandwich from Sweet Mix Desserts in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas.
What other Houston desserts should have made the list? Rebecca Masson's Baked Alaska pops get my vote. Leave yours in the comments.