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Tucson's 5 top spots for cheap desserts

Tucson's 5 top spots for cheap desserts
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By Hoodline - Published on December 11, 2019.

Got a hankering for desserts?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable dessert sources in Tucson, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill.

1. Pistacchio

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Topping the list is Pistacchio. Located at 4500 N. Oracle Road, Tucson Mall, Food Court, the spot to score gelato is the highest-rated inexpensive dessert spot in Tucson, boasting 4.5 stars out of 281 reviews on Yelp. Gelato flavors include pistachio, chocolate and cinnamon.

2. Brushfire Ice Creamery

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Next up is Terra Del Sol's Brushfire Ice Creamery, situated at 7080 E. 22nd St. With 4.5 stars out of 35 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score ice cream has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. Ice cream flavors include baklava, salted caramel and pineapple coconut.

liae H. noted, "The best ice cream flavors in town. There is always a wide assortment [and] the ice cream is creamy and delicious."

3. La Estrella Bakery

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Menlo Park's La Estrella Bakery, located at 120 S. Avenida Del Convento, Suite 100, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap bakery, which offers desserts, doughnuts and more, 4.5 stars out of 102 reviews. 

Yelper Paige A., who reviewed La Estrella Bakery on Dec. 10, wrote, "The [doughnuts] are simple, glazed, sugar dusted and chocolate frosted, but they are really scrumptious. Not overly sweet, and the dough is light. This is such a great addition to the Mercado."

Yelper James T. wrote, "...They have the usual American things like [doughnuts], but I love their empanadas, pan dulces and other traditional Mexican cookies and pastries. They also have fresh tortillas that are delicious. Everything is fresh, delicious and super inexpensive. "

4. Back Dough

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Back Dough, a bakery that offers desserts and more in Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert Estates, is another much-loved, low-priced go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 52 Yelp reviews. Head over to 6260 E. Speedway Blvd. to see for yourself. 

Abigail A. noted, "...They have both sweet and savory pies, such as chicken pot pie, apple pie, blueberry pie and pumpkin pie."

Yelper Hannah H. wrote, "...The pie was creamy, the [whipped] cream was delicious, the almonds added a great texture and the crust was cooked to perfection with the perfect buttery taste."

5. Dolce Pastello

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Over in Menlo Park, check out Dolce Pastello, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 36 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the candy store and patisserie/cake shop, which offers desserts and more, by heading over to 120 S. Avenida Del Convento, Suite 130.

"Homemade cakes and slices of many flavors ready for pick up for your convenience," it states on Yelp. "We have more 20 flavors available with gluten-free options. Special orders include birthdays, weddings, quinceaneras or other events."


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