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  • needgoodfood Oct 19, 2004 12:05 AM
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We will be in NO for 6 nights next month (first time, looking forward to some good eats) ... have perused many menus but have not seen a lot of "killer" chocolate desserts. I like bread pudding and pecan pie well enough, but for my wife and myself chocolate is king. Any suggestions on where we can find a healthy variety of great chocolate desserts? Thanks!

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  1. Unfortunately, New Orleans isn't really known for its plethora of chocolate desserts. My personal favorite dessert in the city happens to be of the chocolate variety, though. Herbsaint does a Warm Chocolate Beignet that is a chocoholic's dream. I suggest you give it a try.

    Link: http://www.herbsaint.com

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    1. re: TremeDweller

      Thanks for the tips, we'll be sure to try them!

      1. re: needgoodfood

        Anyone know any New Orleans/Metairie Cafes (not restaurants) that have good chocolate desserts??? Thanks.

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          Another SF Hound

          I hope you do, I've now been to Herbsaint twice for business dinners and the chocolate beignets have been a favorite around the table both times. I also enjoyed the chocolate pecan pie, with a dark chocolate ganache layer below the pecans (best of both worlds!), but some found it too sweet.

      2. Gerard Maras (now at Ralph's on the Park) does the best molten chocolate desert that I have every had.

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        1. re: Tom

          Haven't tried that one, but the molten chocolate cake at Marisol is excellent as well. I also liked the chocolate beignets and mousse at Bayona.

          And the chocolate pecan pie at Camellia, of course.

        2. The 'Peppermint Patti' at Gabrielle. A rich, fudgy brownie-like cake with yummy chocolate sauce and delicous peppermint ice cream. It is to die for!
          Kate

          1. Seconds on the Bayona rec below, and one of my own: the chocolate mousse at Antoine's--a true, great chocolate experience.

            1. I need a rich, chocolatey, chocolate pie. Anybody have a favorite to share?

              1. Traditional desserts in New Orleans and most of the South just weren't chocolate.
                Do you have any idea how hot it was before air conditioning was common?
                Anything chocolate, even the raw ingrdients in stores or on pantry shelves, would have just melted at 95 degrees and 100% humidity day-in, day-out. Not exactly what you want to eat either when there's no AC.
                Much of the South was poor, particularly after the Civil War, and chocolate was an expensive import. Desserts relied on what was at hand - flour, sugar, shortening (other than butter), eggs, milk (often evaporated), fruit, and pecans.
                A lot of older Southerners still don't have that chocolate craving but will knock you out of the way for lemon bars, coconut cream pie, banana pudding, pecan pie, tea cakes, or strawberry shortcake.
                Restaurants have added chocolate desserts now because people love and expect them but they aren't traditional.

                One of the few traditional chocolate desserts in New Orleans is the chocolate Doberge Cake from Gambino's Bakery, a local version of an Eastern European specialty. Brocatto's had chocolate ricotto in cannollis when they were on Ursulines Street in the French Quarter but the chocolate was very light. They may have those at the Carrollton Avenue shop. Great!

                1. Even though I'm generally not a fan of bread pudding, the white chocolate version at the Palace Cafe is wonderful!!

                  1. Am I wrong or did the Red Fish Grill serve a triple chocoate bread pudding?