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BEST DESSERTS IN OAKLAND??

Hands down, what are the best desserts in Oakland?
I'm on a quest! At Oliveto, A Cote, coffee shops
with pastries, ice cream stores (best flavors or sundaes),
pastry shops (cakes, tarts, pies), even soul food places
with great pies?? All replies welcomed! thanks!!

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  1. Are you willing to drive up to Berkeley? I think Sketch Ice Cream has the best desserts in the East Bay, if not the entire Bay Area.

    sketchicecream.com

    1. I love the mango pudding with evap. milk poured over it at Legendary Palace. It's gummy, it's not elegant, but it's sooooo tasty and great.

      I also loved the desserts at JoJo on Piedmont Avenue all the times I was there (4 or 5).

      Oliveto has great desserts.

      1. do a search on all these places: chowhounds like Soizic in Oakland for their ginger custard dessert. Ruby King in Oakland Chinatown is known by chowhounds for their egg custard tarts-good and cheap.

        Rivoli in Berkeley for hot fudge sundae: http://www.rivolirestaurant.com/

        Gelato Milano in Berkeley for great Italian gelato

        Gelato Naia in Berkeley is good Italian gelato (not far from Gelato Milano

        )

        Zax Tavern in Berkeley supposed to have good homemade ice-cream and Sgroppino dessert cocktail.

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        1. re: hhc

          Maybe not the best, but very good and unique, is the pecan tart with white pepper ice cream at Soizic.

          1. re: hhc

            Ooh, oooh! I forgot about Soizic's ginger creme brulee! Outstandingly delicious. Also a good restaurant all around - nothing amazing or very inventive, but all well-prepared, delicious and in a very nice setting. Also pretty reasonable.

          2. Bakesale Betty at Telegraph and 51st does some pretty bad-ass lemon bars, cupcakes, scones and various other such treats. Plus go at lunchtime for the insanely awesome fried chicken sandwiches.

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            1. re: xtrmntr

              they also have the best oatmeal raisin cookie!

              1. re: xtrmntr

                Betty's strawberry shortcake is to die for.

                1. re: xtrmntr

                  I hate lemon bars, except for Betty's which are worth a trip. Several people have told me she does a great lunch sandwich that's either fried chicken or chicken fried steak (either way, not my type of thing, but I've had the good word from independent sources).

                2. I had the MOST amazing dessert at Dopo on Friday night. I can't recall exactly what it was or was called. I think it was chocolate sponge cake soaked with liquor and chocolate mouse molded into a terrine and sliced. Served with a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream - yum!