The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2014: desserts

These 9 best desserts of the year, including a perfect chocolate chip cookie and a showstopping baked Alaska, give your meal a sweet ending
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If your meal isn't complete without a sweet bite at the end, you'll want to make a beeline for these spots, which range from a casual pizza place to a high-end Italian restaurant to a cocktail bar. But they all have one thing in common: They know how to turn out excellent desserts. Whether you want a perfect scoop of gelato or a St. Louis cake a chef learned to make from his mom, don't miss these best desserts of the year.

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The best desserts

Pistachio gelato at Acanto Sure, we liked the pastas and extensive cheese menu at Acanto, but you’d better leave some room—this is the smoothest, creamiest gelato in town. $3.
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Restaurants, Italian

Pistachio gelato at Acanto

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Sure, we liked the pastas and extensive cheese menu at Acanto, but you’d better leave some room—this is the smoothest, creamiest gelato in town. $3.

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Restaurants, Pizza

S’more pie at Blaze Pizza

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By opting for thick, hearty McVitie’s biscuits for its s’mores, Blaze instantly made us question why we’ve been using brittle graham crackers for so long. $2.

Gooey butter cake at CH Distillery JP Doiron’s food menu at CH Distillery skews toward Northern and Eastern European flavors, but the St. Louis–born chef looks to home for his gooey butter cake. The dense cake (from Doiron’s mother’s recipe) has the text
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Gooey butter cake at CH Distillery

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JP Doiron’s food menu at CH Distillery skews toward Northern and Eastern European flavors, but the St. Louis–born chef looks to home for his gooey butter cake. The dense cake (from Doiron’s mother’s recipe) has the texture of a brownie and tastes like toffee. $6.

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Baked Alaska at RPM Steak You need to order the baked Alaska as much for the presentation—set ablaze next to your table—as for the flavor. Filled with lemon sorbet, it’s the love child between baked Alaska and lemon meringue pie. $11.
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Restaurants, Steakhouse

Baked Alaska at RPM Steak

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You need to order the baked Alaska as much for the presentation—set ablaze next to your table—as for the flavor. Filled with lemon sorbet, it’s the love child between baked Alaska and lemon meringue pie. $11.

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Restaurants, Italian

Dolcini at Spiaggia

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Pastry chef Nicole Guini makes desserts sized for a Barbie doll, such as a minute four-layer cake, a teensy blue cheese macaron and a tiny pavolva. Precious, yes; delicious, definitely. $9/$16/$28.

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