One thing to note about Tucson’s diverse restaurant scene — it’s not vanilla. True foodies far and wide have been known to embrace and fantasize about J-Bar’s chocolate jalapeno ice cream sundae, the most written about dessert in Tucson.
This dessert has a Latin history. First, you must understand that chocolate is a gift shared by the Mayans. Secondly, jalapenos are used to season Mexican and New Mexican foods. In other words, you wouldn’t find this chocolate jalapeno sundae on the menu in a Greek or Chinese restaurant even in Tucson.
Now for the dessert — picture a tall glass soda fountain goblet and a long spoon for digging to the bottom of the glass. Pour warm vanilla custard into the bottom of the glass. Add two or three scoops of rich chocolate jalapeno ice cream. Top with heated bittersweet chocolate fudge sauce and something crunchy and possibly a dab of real whipped cream.
The explosion of flavors, textures, and temperatures truly rocks!
Voila! It’s a memorable signature dessert served at Janos (Southwestern-French cuisine) and J-Bar (new Latin cuisine). I prefer J-Bar because the food is more in my price range and not as formal as Janos. Both are under the same roof at Westin La Paloma Resort and under the direction of Janos Wilder.
What’s your dessert pleasure?