Five great Banana splits in Salt Lake City

Sunset  –  June 24, 2005

Garden Café at the Grand America Hotel. Pastry chef Kurtis Baguley puts a southern spin on his split―a bananas Foster- inspired version for adults. It contrasts homemade rum ice cream with the sweet gooeyness of caramelized bananas. 555 S. Main St.; 801/258-6708.

Hatch Family Chocolates. The locally made Farr’s ice cream flavors of your choice are drizzled with a “secret” caramel sauce and an intensely dark hot fudge sauce, along with the requisite bananas, real whipped cream, and nuts. Closed Sun. 390 E. Fourth Ave.; 801/532-4912.

Log Haven. The homemade raspberry-Beaujolais sorbet and bittersweet chocolate ice cream pair with brown butter-glazed bananas, white chocolate sauce, and sugared hazelnuts for a summer splurge. Four miles up Millcreek Canyon (enter at 3800 South and Wasatch Blvd.); 801/ 272-8255.

Shivers. Kids especially love the train theme in this family-owned burger joint―a fast food-style restaurant with personality. The banana splits are made with soft-serve ice cream and come with your choice of flavors and all the fixings, along with whole bananas. Closed Sun. 3063 E. 3300 S.; 801/466-9681.

Squirrel Brothers Ice Cream. Regulars at the tiny cafe with the giant ice cream cone sign order Treasure Mountain, made with local Snelgrove’s pink peppermint ice cream and bananas, topped with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, and walnuts. 605 E. 400 South; 801/359-4207. ―Virginia Rainey

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