For most people, a $100 to $200 splurge on a lavish meal for two at a fine-dining establishment is a rare indulgence. But for around $10 a person, you can enjoy a night out in a sophisticated atmosphere and get a taste of the most decadent part of those menus: dessert.
540 Main, Park City
Baked to order, this cake takes 14 minutes from start to finish to make, but it's well worth the time. And you'll be treated to live music in a bright and modern space on Park City's historic Main Street while you wait for your indulgence—a rich flourless chocolate cake giving way to a melted river of dark chocolate. A side of vanilla ice cream and a dollop of raspberry ice—sorbet made in-house from fresh raspberries—provide a cool respite.
680 S. 900 East, SLC
6405 S. 3000 East, SLC
This contemporary twist on a Utah favorite makes use of ricotta in place of traditional cream cheese for a cheesecake that's lighter and creamier. Candied pistachios balance the sweetness with a light touch of salt, while a dusting of streusel adds a crunchy texture. And though graham-cracker crusts run the risk of being dry and crumbly, this one is delightfully moist. Served with an amber ribbon of tangy rhubarb caramel, Café Trio's cheesecake is a delicious study in contrasts.
The Paris Bistro
1500 S. 1500 East, SLC
Tucked away in one of Salt Lake City's coziest neighborhoods, The Paris prides itself on complementary flavors drawn from not only France, but also Italy and the Mediterranean. This dessert features classic French ingredients wrapped in two crepes: apple chunks drizzled with Calvados—a French apple brandy—and dusted with sea salt. Toppings of caramel and creme fraiche continue the perfectly sweet and savory pairing.
545 W. 700 South, SLC
Inspired by Frida Kahlo's art and the cuisine of Mexico, Frida Bistro makes its chocolate cake with a vibrant mix of chocolate and spice. The pastel de mole negro features two of the restaurant's signature ingredients: tequila-pickled cherries and mole negro sauce. Made with chili peppers, cinnamon and chocolate, mole negro is "already a dessert," says Chef Chano Mendez. That's what sparked the dessert's inspiration. Served alongside housemade black-pepper ice cream, it's a piece of gastronomic art that's a worthy homage to Kahlo.