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Jul 11, 2006 09:08 PM


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.

    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:

        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!