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Feb 20, 2007 07:47 AM

Best desserts in DC, NOVA

Please share some of the more memorable must-try desserts that you have had in the area.

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  1. Dino- Guffanti Regiano in aged balsalmic vinegar
    Vidalia- Chocolate Pecan Tart
    Zaytinya (it kills me to say this) Turkish Coffee Chocolate cake

    1. Ahhhh- I can't believe you said it either, frankly. However, I would argue that the turkish delight is the best dessert on the menu despite my love of chocolate.

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      1. re: JAC13

        It kills me to hate one chef and his restaurants so much but be obliged to reccomend them based on individual aspects.

        1. re: jpschust

          I have never been to Zaytinya, but it seems to get good reviews. What is the source of your antipathy?

          1. re: dcs

            It's very hit or miss, the service is way off, and the owner/chef is less than admirable in his approach to patrons. It's also very expensive for what you get- you pay a lot for decor and chic-ness.

            1. re: jpschust

              I completely agree on the service issue- they are lax at best and I have even experienced rude. I find that at Jaleo as well and Atlantico is only slightly better. That being said, I still recommend it to people because I think the food is consistently good and it can be a fun scene (as long as you realize it is just that- a scene). I disagree when it comes to the complaint about the price. It is like all tapas-style restaurants in that you can spend as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.

              1. re: JAC13

                Look at the price versus the size of the tapas- even for tapas those dishes are small.

                1. re: jpschust

                  Maybe we are just getting different tapas- I have never found that. I was just at Layalina, which is a family owned place that does many of the same meze as Zaytinya in Arlington. I noticed little difference in the size of the tapas or the prices. I'm with you on all the other issues.

      2. In Union STation, there was a Vicaros with assemble-them-yourself canolis. They were heavenly. Think it's still there..

        1. Komi had this amazing apple tart with blue cheese ice cream. The trio of sorbets is always a hit with me

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          1. re: gooseterp

            apple tart with blue cheese icing sounds AMAZING.

            I have found the desserts at Palena to be uniformly good, and that's saying something, because on a personal level, Ann Amernick can give me a pain in the behind. But God, that woman knows her way around the kitchen. Chocolate demayo cake is great there, her caramels are legendary, really, I can't think of a single dud in the bunch of desserts I've had there (although, I'll concede I don't remember them all).

          2. Zengo has 2 dessert that I tried and loved. One is Lemon Yuzu Cake, the other is not even on their menu. Its a chiro with chcoclate dip thing. I am not a cinnamon fan, but this was amazing! The yuzu cake was a unique experience, since I never imagen you can make Asian spices into such a western dessert. And you can't go there without the mango mojito, it is sooooooooo good.