National Dessert Day Oct 14: Celebrate with these San Diego Originals

We'll definitely save room for these desserts!

October 14, 2019

Photo: Jim Sullivan


Monday, October 14 is National Dessert Day, but why order a boring bowl of ice cream or a simple piece of pie when you can experience what some of our San Diego chefs have been working on.

Closing dinner with dessert is like putting a bow on a present and San Diego's supply of delectable desserts makes this national day an easy one to celebrate.

Take a look and read up on what these San Diego eateries have been whipping up!

Photo: Haley Hill

Mr. Trustee Banana Split at Trust 
Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville’s riff on a Banana Split is a Neapolitan cheesecake featuring chocolate, strawberry and vanilla layers. It’s topped with a quenelle of banana ice cream and garnished with fresh bananas, pineapple chutney, strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and toasted walnuts. Stay tuned for more of Chef Harville’s frozen treats at the Mr. Trustee scoop shop window at Trust Restaurant Group’s forthcoming Cardellino Restaurant. 
Trust Restaurant
3752 Park Blvd 
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 795-6901


Photo: Jim Sullivan

Anything but Basic Chocolate Mousse Cake at Fort Oak 
You’ll also find Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville behind the desserts at neighborhood favorite, Fort Oak. One of his recent sweet standouts is a creative take on a favorite. His rendition of Chocolate Mousse Cake is topped with cookies and cream ice cream, rice krispies soil and mint anglaise. 
Fort Oak
1011 Fort Stockton Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 722-3398


Photo: Haley Hill

Trio of Tarts at Zinque 
This newly opened French-inspired bistro in Little Italy is known for their exquisite house-made pastries served all day.  Traditional tart selections include Apple Almond, Pear, and Clafoutis Cherry.  They are served warm with a scoop of Tahitian vanilla ice cream. 
2155 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 915-6172


Semifreddo Al Pistachio at Bencotto
This classic Italian dessert is halfway between ice cream and mousse. Bencotto’s signature version features partially frozen pistachio mousse and hazelnuts drizzled with a sour black cherry sauce. 
750 W Fir St #103
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 450-4786


Eight Layer Carrot Cake at JRDN
This beach-chic restaurant known for its Golden Coast-inspired dishes offers an eight-layer carrot cake with hints of Asian flavors. The moist cake is layered with yuzu cream cheese, crystallized ginger, caramel corn, and golden raisins and topped with ooey-gooey butterscotch. 
723 Felspar St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-2323


Torta Della Nonna at Monello
Monello’s Torta Della Nonna is a family recipe that offers a nostalgic slice of indulgence. The sweet pastry base is topped with a lemon- and vanilla-scented custard filling and a layer of crunchy pine nuts. 
750 West Fir Street
San Diego, CA 92101


Chocolate Tart at Patisserie Melanie 
Chef Melanie Dunn whips up a delectably sweet chocolate tart and brings in more of the French elegance together with a gold leaf. The chic, smooth exterior of the tart seems almost too perfect to bite into, but once you do, the rich chocolate filling offers a sweet sensation that puts a smile on any face. 
Patisserie Melanie
3788 Park Blvd STE 4
San Diego, CA 92103

Quite a collection, isn't it? 

No matter where or what you eat on National Dessert Day, make sure to save room for the finishing touch!  Enjoy!