Completely unplanned, charming and totally unexpected are just a few of the words we have to describe our latest adventure.
Gaby: While on a short detour drive to relieve some of the week’s stress I found myself in one of Edinburg’s developing areas. I stopped, parked and found myself facing a logo made out to be a wispy glass of red wine and perhaps some chocolate cake. The words “NOW OPEN, NOW OPEN, NOW OPEN” written, in what I can only assume to be chalk paint, were found under it. I grabbed my cell and texted to my partner in crime, “Que haces?”
Trisha: “Winding down from a hectic day”, I responded.
Gaby: “I am in front of this new place that apparently has wine and desserts. Corner of McColl and Trenton.”
Trisha: “In that plaza right by the new FIT Lab?” (ironically)
Gaby: “That’s the one!”
Trisha: “Did you say dessert? YUM! Give me 15 minutes to look somewhat presentable and I’ll be on my way.”
The floor to ceiling tinted windows did not let a peep out. We could not decipher what we were getting ourselves into, but we saw one of the most beautiful sights we have come across in a while. As we opened the doors, a half-moon, glass dessert counter greeted us about 10 steps in. It was illuminated by a gorgeous chandelier hung right above it. “Hi! Welcome to Dessert Lounge. Where our motto is to….” The voice of of the friendly server muted away as we stared into the other side of the glass and were taken aback from all the sugary treats we found ourselves tête-à-tête. We were handed menus and on the top it read E.D.F. Apparently, this was the second part of the our welcoming speech that we missed. “...our motto is to Eat Dessert First…”. Heck yeah, we are always down to E.D.F.!
Well, dear readers, what we did next for the sake of research is short of a diabetic attack. We did it all for you, or like Fred Durst would have said, “We did it [also] all for the [c]ookie.” 3 fresh macaroons were ordered: strawberry, lemon basil and pistachio, along with a “Carrot vs Cheese Cake” (yes, the two desserts were combined to form one over the top concoction) and a giant peanut butter cookie made with actual Reese’s Cups.
Pastry Chef Italia Diaz has really outdone herself with her impressive list of confections. Just to name a few more scrumptious yummies, you can choose between a mini mango mostachon, chocolate stout cake, pistachio choco-cannoli, fruit tarts and a sopapilla cheesecake (flaky buñuelo cheesecake with cinnamon sugar crust, drizzled with wild honey). But we forewarn that you must get your hands on these quick, as we heard a rumor stating that treats will be changing on a monthly basis with varying themes. We were told that next month, due to Mexico’s upcoming Independence Day on September 16, all will be based on Mexican pastries.
If you don't have a sweet tooth, don't you worry about it! Dessert Lounge has an array of savory dishes to satisfy your hunger. Made with the same creativity and innovation as their desserts, we're beyond happy that their pricing is accessible for any type of pocket and appetite.
Trisha: *completely lost in the menu* “I am looking at one of the sides, but they all look so good that I just can't de-side.”
Server: *bursts into laughter*
Gaby: What did you just say?
Trisha: Ha! That cheesiness was totally unintended. I seriously can't decide between the Corn de la Calle, Burnt Trees or Camo-titos.
Gaby: Don’t sweat it. We’ll order one of each!
We did just that and we loved every savory bite of those street corn kernels with cheese, garlic and lemon aioli, the charred broccoli florets topped with lemon zest, Hazel nuts and Gruyere cheese, AND the sweet potato wedges grilled with garlic lemon sauce.
There's just so many things about this place and its menu options that we truly loved. From their wine and beer selection, to the available pitchers of sangria, to the everyday-all day French toast and waffles, the private rooms separated by trendy barn-style yellow doors, to the intimate comfy corners for a chill convo with your girlfriends, this place has it all. Well, most of it. We just hope they plan to expand to the outside and create a pleasant outdoor area. We all know by now how much people love to have their brunch outdoors. We think it's because us gals like to wear big floppy hats and drink mimosas to keep us hydrated and full of Vitamin C. LoL
Make sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 12 for Dessert Lounge’s official grand opening at 11:30 a.m. If you can't make it then, you can always visit them during their current hours of operation: Monday through Wednesday closed; Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Also, make sure to follow them via their social media platforms to learn more about new dishes or fun events like today’s (September 5) Ready, Set, Paint starting at 7:00 p.m.
Dessert Lounge is located at 1601 West Trenton Road, Suite C, Edinburg, TX 78539. For more information, you can reach them at (956) 467-5946.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org