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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:

Cafe Juanita
Sitka and Spruce
Stumbling Goat Bistro

How are desserts at these places? Any others I should try?


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  1. Tamarind Tree, on Jackson. A whole different thing, but scrumptious.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: PAO

        << 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.>>

        That was my reply as well. What a fantastic dessert.

      2. 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.

        Theno's Dairy
        12248 156th Ave. NE
        Redmond, WA 98052-2041
        Phone: (425) 885-2339


        1. I think the chocolate madeleines at Lark are heavenly. I also see they have a housemade malt ice cream on their menu.

          And count me amony the fans of Tango's El Diablo.

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          1. re: ceester

            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.

          2. The single best dessert I've ever had in Seattle was the homemade ice cream sandwich at Dinette earlier this year. Earl Grey ice cream between two gingersnaps. *drool*

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            1. re: terrier

              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

              1. re: barleywino

                Any opinions on the Ice Cream Sandwiches at EATs Cafe out in West Seattle?

            2. If you ever find yourself just wanting dessert, try Oliver's Twist (it's mainly a cocktail lounge, with some small plates) on Greenwood Ave. They only have a few things at a time but they are all good and fit your criteria.

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              1. re: christy319

                The new-ish pastry chef at Veil has been at some remarkable restuarants in the past. Would be worth a try. Also Cascadia used to have amazing desserts, but I think they have a different pastry chef now.

                1. re: bluedog67

                  Is this the new pastry chef at Veil you're talking about?

                  Dana from the Tasting Menu blog.

                2. re: christy319

                  The grilled chocolate panini marshmellow thing at Oliver's Twist, it's awesome. Not sure if it's summer only? but at Oliver's Twist they have a lemon sorbet with basil and a blackberry sauce. Not the most elaborate dessert, but refreshing and oh so good in the summer.

                  1. re: christy319

                    I was at Oliver's Twist last week - it's a fantastic cocktail bar. A dessert on the menu caught my eye: grilled chocolate brioche sandwich. But I didn't order it because they don't serve coffee there. Grr!

                  2. 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

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                    1. re: jamesbra

                      Simply dessert in Freemont? I am not sure if it is organic or not but it taste delicious.

                      1. re: jamesbra

                        I second red mango... but not the drive and traffic on 520..
                        I heard about the desserts at B & O espresso.. any comments on this place?

                        1. re: enylia

                          I haven't been in a looooong time, but B&O used to have great desserts and was a great late nite bite spot.

                          1. re: bluedog67

                            Oh yum. I used to get Chocolate eclairs from B&O at Cherry Street Coffee, but then my waistline made me stop.

                      2. 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.

                        1. 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.

                          1. The zeppole (sp? - Italian doughnuts) at Tavolata are heavenly. Not too heavy and sprinkled with powdered sugar - just as they should be. Heavenly!

                            1. 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).