SEA: Best Desserts?
My friend I are trying to find restaurants with excellent desserts. I particularly like homemade ice creams, and am a big advocate of everything made with organic/local/sustainable ingredients. I'm new here, so I am still working on my list and am thinking of trying:
Sitka and Spruce
Stumbling Goat Bistro
How are desserts at these places? Any others I should try?
not local (we don't grow chocolate or almonds here), but the best dessert in town is at Tango and it's called El Diablo. Chocolate, chile, caramel, meringue, almonds.
Cafe Juanita had my second favorite restaurant dessert this past summer--a cherry float, which was absolutely scrumptious, while being light and refreshing after a big meal. Unfortunately, not now available. And their gelatos and sorbets there are very good. We had an apricot gelato there that was great! Again, I'm sure it's very seasonal.
Not a restaurant, but since you mentioned ice cream - Theno's Dairy in Woodinville sells Vivian's Pride ice cream which is made there. The cantaloupe ice cream they have in the summer is to die for.
12248 156th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052-2041
Phone: (425) 885-2339
Probably one of my favorite desserts in a long while was the date cake I had at Lark last week. A small, moist spice cake with date essence, but no chewy date pieces, a semi-sweet caramel sauce, a few pine nuts and a scoop of olive oil gelato on the side. Perfumed, north african-inspired, amazing. We ordered a second.
in a similar vein, the 3 mini ice cream sandwiches at Crush
the bing cherry tart at 94 Stewart (warning: on the heavy side)
also (not a restaurant) the brown butter pear tart at Metropolitan Market on ADmiral way in W Seattle
the housemade bing cherry or rainier cherry infused brandy at Tilth, when they have it (when it is a good batch, which is not always the case, it's unbelievably aromatic)
PS if you want to go crazy on ice cream, there's always the baked Alaska flambe at Waterfront Seafood Grill
Perhaps a little out of the scope of what you're looking for, but my two favorite places for sweets / desserts at any time of day:
Red Mango: this frozen yogurt - regular or green tea - is as good on a full stomache as on an empty one. Its that light, refreshing, sweet n' good.
See's Candy. The one on 8th Ave in downtown Bellevue is like walking into the 1950's with some of the best, friendliest service anywhere. Everyone is in a good mood in there. And the candy - still the best candy for the price I've ever come across
I've heard that it moved and got more expensive, but in 2004, Flying Apron Bakery had great desserts (and breakfast possibilities). Our wedding cake is pictured on their special orders page! Many items are gluten-free and some vegan.
For a fancy dessert, I think the panna cotta at Volterra is amazing. I'd also eat their oozy, cheesy, mushroom topped polenta for dessert :)
I second the Tamarind Tree recommendation. They house-make a black sesame ice cream that is SO damn good. Their coconut ice cream is one of the best I've ever had. It tastes like there are bits of toasted coconut in it.
The zeppole (sp? - Italian doughnuts) at Tavolata are heavenly. Not too heavy and sprinkled with powdered sugar - just as they should be. Heavenly!
Moxie in Lower Queen Anne always has memorable desserts (and we love their cocktails, starters and main courses, too). Harvest Vine also has great desserts--we still talk about the cherry ice cream we got there once, and the olive oil cake. EATS Market in West Seattle has delicious desserts, particularly the homemade ice creams. We never go there because we felt the main courses were overpriced, but we would consider just doing dessert. I'm not a big ice cream sandwich fan, but we've tried theirs and I think they're pretty good. I'd rather just have the ice cream on its own, though. (I remember in particular a lemon and a blueberry that were outstanding).