Dude Desserts: 5 Great Manly Sweets From L.A. Restaurants
Check out our annual restaurant issue, which this year celebrates desserts, out this Thursday, August 8.
Anne Fishbein Animal's bacon chocolate crunch bar
You may not immediately categorize certain desserts as gender-specific, but there's no denying that some after-dinner delights are manlier than others. Sure, the occasional red velvet cupcake will put a smile on the face of anyone, regardless of gender, but what about a passion-fruit parfait? Or a delicate gelée topped with rose-lime sorbet and coconut crumbles, festooned with a single pink blossom? Is there no recourse for the flannel-clad lumberjack looking for his own confection? How does he feed his inner beast when it's time for something sweet?
It wasn't easy, but we tracked down five of the manliest desserts in Los Angeles. There are quintessentially hearty flavors at work in these over-clocked dishes: savory and salty, spicy and bready. At least two use bacon as a primary ingredient, one involves a thick smear of Sriracha, and you'll even find a couple of desserts on this list that rely on booze to really drive the point home. Leave the angel food cake and lo-cal froyo at home; it's time for some seriously manly desserts.
Maple bacon doughnut at Nickel Diner
Anne Fishbein Nickel Diner's maple bacon doughnut
Downtown's Nickel Diner may not have invented the maple bacon doughnut, but it has done much to perfect it. At the Nickel, they don't go for two simple bacon strips and a smear of fake maple shellac. Instead, think of the best Bacon Bits you've ever tried, multiplied times infinity and poured by the handful over an airy, sugary-sweet doughnut that's been given a swirly by some sticky maple thugs. The bullied little maple bacon doughnut at the Nickel Diner has been soaked in pure dried maple and beaten down by crisp bits of bacon; the only place for it to hide is inside your stomach. 524 S. Main St., dwntwn. (213) 623-8301.
Boozy breakfast Coke float at Umamicatessen
A. Scattergood Umamicatessen's boozy breakfast float
If breakfast were invented by children, the result would look something like Umamicatessen's boozy breakfast Coke float. The downtown meta-meat house likes to go childish with its dessert ice cream/drink hybrid, thanks to a couple of hefty scoops of chocolate chip ice cream bobbing around inside a long pour of real-sugarcane Coke. To a child's mind, all of that fizzy richness needs a brunch backbone, too, so Umamicatessen adds a toss of dry cornflakes to the mix -- hence the "breakfast" moniker. Of course, the adults are the ones picking up the tab, so a splash of Kahlúa ends up at the bottom of the float, making for a creamy, boozy, chocolatey Coke float that isn't actually for kids at all. 852 S. Broadway, dwntwn. (213) 413-8626.
524 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA