TRACE pastry chef Janina O'Leary hails from Del Rio, Texas, so trust her when she tells you about summertime desserts: the lady knows her hot weather sweets. She also graduated early from high school to move to New York City for culinary school and trained at Per Se and Del Posto before opening New York's Village Tart as executive chef. Sweet? Savory? O'Leary does them both.
Which makes her the perfect candidate to recommend some of Austin's best seasonal desserts and pastry staples. Eater Austin asked her to map out her favorite desserts in town. Her recommendations? Lick on South Lamar—"I'm obsessed with ice cream," she tells EATX—and some of Laura Sawicki's fine work at La Condesa, plus a mean moon pie at Freddie's Place.