The Best Desserts in Mammoth Lakes

Hoping to end an epic, outdoor adventure with a sweet celebration? Mammoth Lakes has just what you need to indulge! Perhaps your idea of the perfect adventure is simply a quest to consume as many amazing desserts throughout your visit as possible, or you have kids in your party who need a treat. Here are some options sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Something for Everyone

Whether you’re looking for something to please everyone in a group or simply wish to prolong a great date night, Side Door Café is an excellent option. Just steps away from the Village Gondola, it’s also a great après-ski spot with an extensive wine list. Choose from twenty different dessert crêpes (gluten free batter is available) or chocolate or Nutella® fondue. Warm up with hot cocktails like the Hot Apple Pie or the Snuggler if you prefer to drink your dessert. 

While Gomez’s Restaurant and Tequileria is best known for its extensive tequila selection and family-friendly atmosphere (sounds incongruous, but it’s true!), Gomez’s innovative owners are always changing things up to make improvements and their dessert menu is no exception. Don’t miss the fried Yucatan plantains served with Mexican sweet cream, a dessert that delivers the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors. You also can’t go wrong with crowd-pleasing cinnamon churros or the decadent flourless chocolate cake.

Ice Cream Sundae Fundae

The Mammoth Fun Shop (http://www.mammothfunshop.com/) combines some of everyone’s favorite things—fun and ice cream! Be warned, you may come for the free dry toppings or the incredible home brewed root beer floats available on the weekends, but you’ll stay for the cool toy store experience and probably make a purchase or two. Get your friends or family to tackle the 13-scoop Fundae to be immortalized with a picture on the Fundae wall of fame!

Something Special

Skadi offers an intimate, memorable dining experience topped off with incredible desserts prepared by chef Ian Algerøen. Expect a beautiful presentation featuring complex flavors that won’t overwhelm your palate at the end of a special evening. Everything is fantastic, but the Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta is legendary. The Frozen Caramelized Macadamia Nut & Vanilla Parfait is carefully constructed with just the right balance of chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Be sure to make reservations as this is a very small, incredibly popular spot. It’s a great place to impress your date, but not suitable for young children.

Mammoth Rock Brasserie at Mammoth Rock ‘n’Bowl is the best restaurant you’ll ever find in a bowling alley, and you will probably forget you’re even in a bowling alley unless you bowl a few frames to burn off Chef Frederic Pierrel’s decadent desserts. The entire menu here uses seasonal, local ingredients whenever possible and desserts are no exception; the Crème Glacée du Jour was recently made with peaches from Bishop. Other options may include Dark Chocolate Mousse, Crème Brûlée or a Brick Oven Apple Tart. 

Baked Goods and Custom Orders

Shea Schat’s Bakery is a traditional bakery with cases of tempting pastries, cookies, candies and cakes. Try the gelato or pick up a dozen of the best doughnuts in town.  

Organic, eco-friendly Mimi’s Cookie Bar is a boutique, full-service bakery serving cookies, pies, cupcakes and ice cream. Try the French Macarons or the vegan ice cream prepared with coconut milk. There is also a large selection of delightful kitchen accessories available for purchase, perfect for a second home or as a memento of your trip. Mimi’s will even ship some of their classic cookies to you!

The Breakfast Club makes dessert? If you’ve ever been to a wedding, birthday or other special occasion in Mammoth Lakes there’s a good chance you’ve enjoyed one of Sue Ebersold’s amazing specialty cakes. If your visit includes plans to celebrate something, call in advance to order a custom cake.

    

Betsy Temple-Truax

Betsy loves living and playing in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra with her active family and friends. A passionate advocate for community recreation, Betsy never turns down an opportunity to swim, ski, paddle, travel or let someone else cook.

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