Dining out: Where to find amazing chocolate treats in Utah

Dining • In the mood for a rich dessert? Here are a dozen of Utah's best.

By Kathy Stephenson The Salt Lake Tribune

Published June 8th 2012 2:53 pm



There are all kinds of lovely desserts to have after a meal. If they include rich, gooey chocolate, that's all the better. Here are 12 chocolate desserts our restaurant reviewers ate and would have again.

Arella Pizzeria • The chocolate calzone oozes with melted Belgian milk chocolate, mascarpone and marshmallows. It's topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and fresh berries.

Where • 535 W. 400 North, Bountiful; 801-294-8800

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bohemian Brewery & Grill • The American-style chocolate cake is moist, gooey and dark. If it's on the special dessert list, go for it and have it with ice cream, too.

Where • 94 E. Fort Union Blvd., Midvale; 801-566-5474

Hours • Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cafe Trio Cottonwood • The gooey Tollhouse pie may get all the dessert glory, but we prefer the bittersweet chocolate pudding: a coffee cup filled with gloriously bittersweet chocolate pudding topped with unsweetened whipped cream and biscotti.

Where • 6405 S. 3000 East, Cottonwood Heights; 801-944-8746

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Caffe Molise • The chocolate decadence cake is dense and moist and garnished with blackberries.

Where • 55 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City; 801-364-8833

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-9 p.m.

Cannella's • The incredibly rich house-made chocolate cake gets its moist texture from beets and is large enough to share with the whole table.

Where • 204 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City; 801-355-8518

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30-11 p.m.

Franck's • Chef Franck Peissel's true talent shows in desserts like his butterscotch-chocolate p?t de cr?me.

Where • 6263 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay; 801-274-6263

Hours • Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.

Mandarin • The fudgy fallen chocolate angel cake with ice cream is a favorite end-of-meal treat at this popular Chinese restaurant.

Where • 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful; 801-298-2406

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4:30-10:30 p.m.

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There are all kinds of lovely desserts to have after a meal. If they include rich, gooey chocolate, that's all the better. Here are 12 chocolate desserts our restaurant reviewers ate and would have again.

Arella Pizzeria • The chocolate calzone oozes with melted Belgian milk chocolate, mascarpone and marshmallows. It's topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and fresh berries.

Where • 535 W. 400 North, Bountiful; 801-294-8800

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bohemian Brewery & Grill • The American-style chocolate cake is moist, gooey and dark. If it's on the special dessert list, go for it and have it with ice cream, too.

Where • 94 E. Fort Union Blvd., Midvale; 801-566-5474

Hours • Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cafe Trio Cottonwood • The gooey Tollhouse pie may get all the dessert glory, but we prefer the bittersweet chocolate pudding: a coffee cup filled with gloriously bittersweet chocolate pudding topped with unsweetened whipped cream and biscotti.

Where • 6405 S. 3000 East, Cottonwood Heights; 801-944-8746

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Caffe Molise • The chocolate decadence cake is dense and moist and garnished with blackberries.

Where • 55 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City; 801-364-8833

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-9 p.m.

Cannella's • The incredibly rich house-made chocolate cake gets its moist texture from beets and is large enough to share with the whole table.

Where • 204 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City; 801-355-8518

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30-11 p.m.

Franck's • Chef Franck Peissel's true talent shows in desserts like his butterscotch-chocolate p?t de cr?me.

Where • 6263 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay; 801-274-6263

Hours • Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.

Mandarin • The fudgy fallen chocolate angel cake with ice cream is a favorite end-of-meal treat at this popular Chinese restaurant.

Where • 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful; 801-298-2406

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4:30-10:30 p.m.

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Normandie Cafe and Bakery • The delicate chocolate sandwich cookies filled with raspberry jam, called cat's-tongues, are dipped end on end in chocolate and go well with a cup of coffee.

Where • 1984 Murray-Holladay Road, Holladay; 801-277-5244.

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Red Butte Cafe • The hazelnut coffee marjolaine is a massive slice of alternating chocolate cake, coffee buttercream and hazelnut meringue.

Where • 1414 S. Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City; 801-581-9498

Hours • Monday, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3-8:30 p.m.

Red Moose Coffee Company • Teresa's Homemade Oreos -- two chocolate cookies filled with sweet cream cheese filling -- are available only on Thursdays, and they sell out fast.

Where • 1693 S. 900 East Salt Lake City; 801-906-8864.

Hours • Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. -6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ruth's Diner • The chocolate malt pudding comes in a tall parfait glass. It's topped with a swirl of whipped cream and would make Bill Cosby weep. Smooth as cold cream, it coats the mouth and slides down your throat in a sensuous satin flow.

Where • 2100 Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City; 801-582-5807

Hours • Open daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Vinto • The oozing chocolate molten cake is surprisingly good. It comes with whipped cream and delicious candied orange peel.

Where • 418 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City; 801-539-9999

Hours • Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 4-9 p.m.

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