1. Carrot Cake
BUCKLEY’S | 801 N. CASS ST., 414-277-1111
I eat carrot cake whenever I see it on a restaurant menu. The nutty, multi-layer version with cream cheese and buttercream frosting (yes, both!) at Buckley’s is epic. $9.
LA DAMA | 839 S. SECOND ST., 414-645-2606
This exquisite three-milk cake, served at La Dama, is soaked in Mexican eggnog syrup and topped with a whipped cream frosting and fresh strawberries. $10.
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LA MERENDA | 125 E. NATIONAL AVE., 414-389-0125
La Merenda owner Peter Sandroni has said this chocolate-spice cake, soaked in Guinness stout and Baileys Irish Cream and topped with a spiked cream cheese frosting, has created such a following, it can never leave the menu of his small-plates restaurant. $6.
THE DIPLOMAT | 815 E. BRADY ST., 414-800-5816
This diamond at The Diplomat elevates the typical peanut butter pie on a graham cracker crust with luxe buttercream, brûléed bananas and candied peanuts. $8.
UNION HOUSE | S42 W31320 HIGHWAY 83, GENESEE DEPOT, 262-968-4281
The combo of a chewy-crisp meringue pedestal, strawberries, whipped ganache mousse and vanilla ice cream makes this old-school dessert swoon-worthy. Classic with a smidge of modern. $10.