Parade of Desserts: H-Town’s Sweetest Mardi Gras Grub

The Raspberry King Cake from Common Bond (photo by Andrew Hemmingway)

THE BIG BASHES may have been canceled, but here are the most Insta-worthy Mardi Gras treats you can enjoy at home. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

COMMON BOND There's nothing common about the King Cakes at Common Bond this year! Chef David Berg, the cult-classic bakery chain's executive pastry chef, is delighting Houstonians with two options this year. The sweet brioche cake — covered in royal icing and topped with purple, green and gold sugar and Mardi Gras beads — comes in a traditional (but decidedly not boring) cinnamon ($26) or a raspberry cream cheese ($28). Or channel some serious Fat Tuesday energy and snag both flavors for $50!

DESSERT GALLERY BAKERY & CAFE With a tagline "Calories Only Count After Mardi Gras," Upper Kirby go-to Dessert Gallery is definitely on to something. Colorful cakes and cookies are available for pre-order, and the sweet shop also has tons of adorable creations celebrating Black History Month.

MICHAEL'S COOKIE JAR Come for the cookies, stay for the King Cake at Michael's Cookie Jar! The local hotspot is accepting orders now through Feb. 13 for their larger-than-life treats that will undoubtedly help kick off the new year in style. Don't wait to order your cinnamon-roll-dough-filled cake with cookie butter, cream cheese and cinnamon.

FAT CAT CREAMERY Fat Cat and Fat Tuesday? What a match made in heaven. Head to the Houston fave, which just opened a second location in the new Stomping Grounds development in Garden Oaks, for your Michael's Cookie Jar King Cake slice, topped with your choice of ice cream. And here's the real scoop: Each shop has limited supply, so call ahead — or roll the dice and enjoy another Fat Cat flavor if they're out!

THREE BROTHERS BAKERY Feast your eyes on the intricate creations at Three Brothers Bakery! Full cakes start at $20, but for those looking for a bite-size treat, there are cupcakes — or dipped-and-decorated cookies and petit fours adorned with a classic fleur de lis. (P.S. They have Super Bowl sweets, too!)

Food

READY TO MAKE some changes to your outdoor space? Want to create the backyard paradise you have been thinking of? Refresh your spring and summer setting with Brixos.

Keep Reading Show less

ENTREPRENEURIAL CHEF ADRIAN Perez, a budding actor, has cooked for the President and entertained the masses as a TV personality. In answering our influencer questionnaire, he gets deep about his life's struggles, the profound influence of strong women — and the best way to eat the entire Whataburger menu in one sitting.

Keep Reading Show less
People + Places

Filmmaker Marcus Pontello, also a social media provocateur, debuts 'Friday I'm in Love' this weekend. (photo from @marky_desade on Instagram)

THERE ARE FEW places in Houston as hallowed as Montrose's Numbers Nightclub. For nearly 50 years now, the nightclub, which started out as a risqué dinner theater in the late '70s before turning into a gay disco in the '80s and then into the dance club and live music venue it is today, has served as a safe haven for generations for Houstonian outliers and mainstreamers alike. And now, thanks to Houston-reared producer, director and fashion designer Marcus Pontello, 33, the venerated Houston nightlife staple is getting the silver screen treatment.

Keep Reading Show less
Art + Entertainment