Dessert Bomb of the Month: Johnny Sanchez

“Life is short. Eat dessert first.” I’m not sure who first said these words of wisdom – but they may as well be words to live by.

Every now and then we like to go to a restaurant and completely annihilate an entire dessert menu. Order a cocktail or two of course, but we skip the apps, skip the entrees and head straight to the part of the menu we always pretend not to see when we’re on a first date (You know you’ve done it).

We’re talking about the art of the Dessert Bomb and starting this month we’re dishing out the best places in NOLA to get your sweet tooth on.

First up on the sugar coma hit-list is Johnny Sanchez, a CBD hotspot and one of our favorite places to grab a margarita after leaving the office. The chic Latino love child of Chefs John Besh and Aarón Sánchez, Johnny Sanchez serves up authentic Mexican cuisine with an inventive Louisiana flare.

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While most come to nosh on tacos and plantain chips or take advantage of their stellar happy hour, it’s phenomenal dessert menu is often overlooked. We break down the must-haves for you here:

What you can’t leave without

Doberge Torta

This Doberge Torta takes rich Mexican chocolate and cajeta and layers it between our beloved Nola-style doberge cake. Topped with a heaping scoop of Kahlua ice cream, this dessert is STACKED, literally.

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Photo by @catebites

Classic and authentic

Dulce de Leche & Coconut Flan

If you love flan, you’re in for a treat. Drizzled with syrupy dulce de leche and topped with a toasted coconut and macadamia nut crumble, this custard dessert is as authentic as it gets.

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Cinnamon Tres Leches

Tres Leches is a traditional Mexican dessert that literally means three milks, and this one does not disappoint! Light, perfectly spongey and paired with salted caramel ice cream and fresh Ponchatoula strawberries, this delicious cake is the perfect treat to share if you don’t feel like overdoing it.


Unique treat

Masa Cake

 Totally unexpected deliciousness! Made from the traditional dough that makes corn tortillas and tamales, this dense cake was paired with an interesting combo of local citrus that made for a nice mix of tangy and subtle sweetness.

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The most stand-out part of this dessert menu is the inventive blend of Mexico and Louisiana that stays true through every single dish. Whether you have one or have them all, you won’t be sorry. Luckily if you have a hard time choosing, we’ve done the hard part for you.

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You just got Dessert Bombed. #TreatYoself

Alyssa, Contributor

A 6th generation Texan turned New Orleanian, PR gal, brunch enthusiast, travel addict and occasional artist with a nack for any activity involving cocktails. A Mayan fortune teller once told her she treats life as one big game, so she decided to just roll with that. Check out her latest adventure on instagram @alyssa.braden

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