When Matt Danko isn't in the kitchen at The Greenhouse Tavern creating seasonal desserts for everyone to enjoy (even vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners), he's satisfying his sweet tooth all over Cleveland with everything from marshmallow doughnuts to clothespin cookies. Check out all of his favorites.
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Taste of Belgium makes phenomenal thick, sweet, chewy Belgian waffles, so it's no surprise that the company's expanded from a waffle cart to a bistro that's packed minutes within opening. We went beyond the waffles to this stunning, and indulgent, torte.
Balance is the key with the Custard Filled Long John at Holtman's Donuts in Loveland, Ohio, where they've been making doughnuts for over 50 years.
A few days ago I waxed on about the awesomeness that is Jeni's Ice Cream. Well, here's another one for you: Dojo Gelato in Cincinnati's Findlay Market.
I've always known waffles come in many varieties. There's the frozen Eggo-type with an artificial, cloyingly sweet crunch. There are the Waffle House style waffles with a darker golden crust and cakey interior. Then there are the yeasted 'Belgian' variety with deep holes for hanging onto syrup, butter, Nutella, or whatever. There's even the super-thin Italian cookie-type made with cast iron molds over an open flame. At Taste of Belgium's two locations in Cincinnati, chef Jean-François Flechet serves what he calls "the authentic Belgian waffle." The recipe, which is native to Liège, produces a cake-like doughy pastry that reminds me of...well, it's tough to say.
I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and I don't generally write about places that specialize in dessert, but over the course of a recent road trip through Ohio, I tasted more than one thing that has convinced me to lift my embargo on sweets long enough to write a post.
In Graeter's Ice Cream: An Irresistible History, Robin Davis Heigel chronicles the 140-year history of one of America's most popular regional ice creams. Founded in 1870, Graeter's still uses their "French pot" method to churn out small batches of their classic flavors which have attracted an A-list lineup of fans, including Oprah Winfrey.
After one spoonful Jeni's won me over for life and, based on the spirited discussion in the comments section, I'm not the only ice cream lover who's wild for Jeni's. I thought it would be worth the trip to sample these seasonally inspired, locally sourced flavors as close to the source as possible.
Ordering ice cream online can be a pricey endeavor. But when you're talking about Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams out of Columbus, Ohio, there's very little arm-twisting needed when you can choose from signature and seasonal flavors like Salty Caramel, Chocolate Cornflake Crunch, Gooey Butter Cake, and Brown Butter Almond Brittle.
Photograph from GrubHub I love eating sundaes for the combination of ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream in each bite, but I hate that one sundae from a restaurant is usually too large for a single person (and...