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Rec's for dessert/sweet tour in BOS?

Visiting Boston next week, and hoping to find some really exceptional desserts -- specifically those with adventurous flavors combining fruit and herbs/flowers/teas. From my research thus far, Clio, Salts and EVOO all look interesting -- are there others I should try? (The CH consensus on Finale seems to be "thumbs down".)

Also: I'd welcome recommendations for artisanal chocolatiers, ice cream/gelato emporia, and bakeries offering products with similar flavors. I already know about Richart at Copley Place, Temper, Serene, and Beacon Hill Chocolates; Christina's, Toscanini's, JP Licks, and Lizzy's; and South End Buttery and Tabrizi Bakery.

I'll be based in Watertown, but armed with a LinkPass for the T, so anything within MBTA territory is fair game.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

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  1. Rice pudding tinged with rose at Reef Cafe in Allston
    Turkish dessert's at Sultan's Kitchen in Financial District
    xian2 jian1 bing3 (sweet and salty fried dough with 5 spice, a traditional Cantonese snack) at Maxim's in Chinatown
    mishti dol (caramelized milk yogurt) at Royal Bengal in Central Square
    not exactly local, but there's also Laloo goat's mlk ice cream fro Whole Foods

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    1. re: limster

      Great! Exactly the kind of things I'm looking for. Thanks.

      (BTW, I've met Laura Howard, founder of Laloo's, at several of the fancy food shows; her chocolate cabernet is spectacular.)

    2. I'm surprised you haven't mentioned Mike's Pastry. Maybe it's just because I used to be a student in Boston and we tend to graviate towards cheap treats, but Mike's is where I think of when I think Boston and sweet. I've never been a big fan of those brightly colored Italian cookies, but their cannoli are definitely classic, tasty cannoli.

      J.P. Lick's has a location in Somerville, where I went to school, so I used to go for their oatmeal cookie flavor hard frozen yogurt with heath bar as a topping. It really tasted exactly like a frozen, creamy oatmeal cookie.

      I also was a fan of the South End Buttery, though I've only tried a few varieties of cupcakes. It wasn't too heavy on the frosting, and instead relied on its moist, fluffy cake to leave an impression. It's someplace I'll definitely be visiting when I make a trip out to the South End again. Hope this helps!

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      1. re: LikeFrogButOOOH

        Mike's can't compare to less touristy bakeries in the N End like Maria's.

      2. Choc. bread pudding at Sonsie or Sorisso, choc. almond croissant at Canto 6 in JP, grapenut ice cream at Toscanini or Louie's in Somerville (is Louie's open for the season), dessert sampler at Union in the south end, bread pudding is usually good at Bricco or Umbra, and I can't vouch for the pistachio souffle at Sasso but I'll try it as soon as I get there.

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        1. re: Joanie

          First, I think you mean Serenade Chocolatier in Brookline Village....just in case you are looking it up I want you to be able to find it. I would highly recommend Flour Bakery in the South End.......unbelievably excellent pastries. Also the Langham Hotel in Post Office Square (the financial district) has a chocolate bar on Saturday's 12:00-3:00 that is great but expensive.....$30.00. The Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons would be another recommendation.

          Enjoy!!

          1. re: edgewater

            Serene Chocolates is in Cambridge. It is located underneath Dolphin Seafood. They carry a variety of chocolate, including La Tene from Somerville.

            1. re: edgewater

              As beetlebug pointed out, I did mean Serene in Cambridge, but thanks for the referral to Serenade. And to Flour Bakery, which looks interesting.

          2. i second the bristol lounge. they have an amazing dessert buffet on weekend nights. getting hungry just thinking about it. Another place with great desserts is casa romero. i had this coconut cheesecake/flan thing that was just divine. that with a glass of port is a great way to end a night.

            1. Oleana definitely. The brown butter bread pudding beats the pants off of Sonsie's chocolate BP, and the rice pudding if it's still on the menu, WAY better than that of reef cafe. Otherwise, Clear Flour bakery in Brookline, Flour Bakery in the south end, hot chocolate from Burdick's, and if anyone knows where the pastry chef from Sibling Rivalry went, I always really liked her stuff.