Sometimes, you have a craving that a savory bite just won’t satisfy. You want creamy and cool, or perhaps warm and spicy. You want a little crunch, a little melt-in-your-mouth, a little sweetness. You want dessert, and here in Lawrence we say you can have your strawberry rhubarb pie and eat it, too.
Sylas and Maddy’s – The truth of the matter is, you can’t come to Lawrence and walk around Mass St. without indulging in an afternoon pick-me-up or post-dinner stop here. Ask anyone and they will tell you that Sylas and Maddy’s is the best ice cream you can find, in town or otherwise. The shop opened in 1999 and has been locally owned and operated from the get-go. Once you walk in and smell the ice cream and waffle cones they make fresh every day, you won’t need much of an excuse to come back and try every flavor.
Wheatfields – Wheatfields was President Obama’s stop of choice when he came to speak at KU, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his decision was based heavily on the extensive and mouth-watering bakery selection. Wheatfields always stuns with their handcrafted, fresh-every-day bread, but you should know that their desserts and pastries are just as well-crafted. Inside this no-frills cafe, baskets are filled with chocolate croissants, brioche, and muffins, and trays are lined with lemon raspberry butter cookies, palmiers, tarts, and macarons. They also have seasonal cakes, tiramisu, and a chocolate torte. The only way you can go wrong is if you leave with just one thing.
Ladybird Diner – At this point, we’re guessing you’ve heard: Ladybird has pie. Good pie. Award-winning, dream-frequenting pie with thick, flaky crust and a delectable and ever-changing selection of fillings. My personal favorite is the strawberry rhubarb, but you won’t find me saying no to a slice of chocolate cream or blackberry. Really, what flavor would I turn down? Ladybird knows you need your fix, so stop in and sit at the counter or take a few slices to go.
The Merc – If you’re out getting a few things for dinner and feel like a nice sweet treat would round out the evening well, check out the desserts in the pre-made section at the Merc. Not only are they made fresh in the store, but there are often gluten-free and other allergy-sensitive treats available. I can attest to the moist but delicate lemon cake, and the chocolate mousse cups are incredible.
The Burger Stand – The Burger Stand is known for their namesake and those crazy good truffle fries. But have you caught them on a night when the ice cream machine is up and running? The milkshakes, both alcoholic and non, are a treat to behold. It’s almost enough fun just to read through the menu of unique flavors, but when the frosted glass slides your way, you’ll be glad you picked one.
Torched Goodness – Lawrence is nothing if not unique, and I think having a food truck that serves Crème Brulee certainly fits that vibe. If you’re lucky enough to find Torched Goodness at a festival or around town, you will not be disappointed. Flavors range from salted caramel to chipotle infused chocolate with a little orange blossom and white raspberry in between. Check the truck’s Twitter for location updates so you can watch your very own Crème Brulee torched before your eyes.
Kate is a recent KU graduate and perpetual lover of words, details, and Jayhawk basketball. She is using her English degree to write both creatively and strategically. You can find more of her work on her blog, A Story By Me.