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My favorite chocolate dessert in beantown...

StriperGuy Jan 22, 2008 03:56 PM

bot a "Jamaica" from Athan's for the office... still my all around favorite chocolate dessert in beantown: chocolate mousse, cake, cherry jam all enrobed in really good dark chocolate ganache. it rocks. i won't say that everything at Athan's rocks, but the jamaica is pretty darn good.

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  1. voodoocheese RE: StriperGuy Jan 22, 2008 04:09 PM

    That sounds a lot like the chocolate mousse cake at Burdick's, except they use lingonberry jam. My favorites right now are the super chocolate cupcake at Kick Ass Cupcakes in Davis and the burdick pastry... at Burdick's, it has rum ganache and I believe it's called japonais layers? I don't know exactly what's in it, but I love it! Where is Athan's?

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      nleow RE: voodoocheese Jan 22, 2008 04:58 PM

      Athan's is at Washington Square
      http://www.athansbakery.com/cafe.html - you can take the green line (C) to Washington Square, parking can be a little difficult around there.

      It is pretty good for a weekend coffee, and their baklava is pretty good too!

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      pink dress RE: StriperGuy Jan 22, 2008 04:41 PM

      Chocolate variety for 2 at Finale (with a glass of Rose Regale) and Burdicks hot chocolate

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        StriperGuy RE: pink dress Jan 22, 2008 05:23 PM

        hate to say it, but pretty much everything at finale is sub-par... i have never had anything at finale that was sufficiently delicious.

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          Spike RE: StriperGuy Jan 23, 2008 07:12 AM

          ditto..everything looks pretty enough, but seems to be made of the same relatively bland chocolate mousse. I tried just about all their desserts when I found the place last year.

          I'd rather stop by Party Favors and try anything new they have. Had a piece of their Chocolate Decadence cake over the weekend and it was awesome if you're a chocolate fan...chocolate cake/mousse layers w/ a chocolate ganache on top and everything tastes like chocolate so you need a good cup of milk to go with it :-)

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            joebelt RE: StriperGuy Jan 23, 2008 07:22 AM


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              Alcachofa RE: StriperGuy Jan 23, 2008 03:16 PM

              The desserts at Finale photograph really well.

              I thought Athans was in Watertown?? What am I thinking of?

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                Pia RE: Alcachofa Jan 24, 2008 06:05 AM

                There are a couple of bakeries in Watertown that sell pastries -- I'd guess you're either thinking of Lily's French Bakery or Modern Danish Pastry House.

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                  okello RE: Alcachofa Jan 26, 2008 10:45 AM

                  In case you ever get stuck at Finale, I find the fruit desserts better than the chocolate ones. I've always been sorely disappointed with their chocolate desserts, though they *are* pretty.

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                    teezeetoo RE: Alcachofa Jan 26, 2008 07:12 PM

                    there's a second athans in brighton on washington street, near daniel's bakery. athans made a chestnut creme chocolate cake that was heaven. rosie's chocolate orgasm still ranks right up there.

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                pesto RE: StriperGuy Jan 23, 2008 07:28 AM

                Just had the most delicious chocolate mousse at Bistro Pierrot. Check it out.

                1. heathermb RE: StriperGuy Jan 23, 2008 08:04 AM

                  My two favorites (a tie) are both from Eastern Standard, when offered:

                  Chocolate Bread Pudding
                  Dark Chocolate Mousse

                  Both are very, very chocolate-y but not very sweet, which is how I like my chocolate!

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                    Joanie RE: heathermb Jan 24, 2008 04:17 AM

                    Have you had the choc. bread pudding at Sonsie? I think it kicks Eastern Standard's ass. I see AnjLM likes it too.

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                      heathermb RE: Joanie Jan 24, 2008 08:52 AM

                      I actually haven't had anything at Sonsie in years...might have to go try it. Thanks!

                  2. chowciao RE: StriperGuy Jan 23, 2008 10:34 AM

                    Okay, it's far from my favorite restaurant, but each year a group from work goes to Anthony's Pier 4 for dinner. And each year we order both the Grand Marnier and Chocolate Souffles...I have to say it's the one thing I really look forward to when we go! If it didn't take about a half hour to make, I'd go there and just order dessert!

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                      Blumie RE: StriperGuy Jan 23, 2008 11:32 AM

                      Perhaps not my favorite, but I really enjoyed a chocolate/peanut butter cupcake at Lulu's, on Hanover Street in the North End, this week. When looking for an alternative to the Modern and Maria's for a post-Neptune sweet, it's a nice option.

                      1. AnjLM RE: StriperGuy Jan 23, 2008 04:57 PM

                        Chocolate bread pudding at Sonsie is one of my favorites.

                        1. Dr.Jimbob RE: StriperGuy Jan 24, 2008 02:46 AM

                          ... is the chocolate sampler from 75 Chestnut. A sippable/dippable chocolate liquor type thing, a chocolate creme brulee, a small dark chocolate cake, and all of it darn tasty.

                          My wedding cake was a chocolate ganache, dark chocolate cake with mocha icing between the layers from Rosie's. Some of my friends are still gushing about this cake, six years after the event.

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                            FoonFan RE: StriperGuy Jan 24, 2008 05:00 AM

                            A scoop of chocolate pudding ice cream from Herrell's.

                            1. soxchik RE: StriperGuy Jan 24, 2008 05:08 AM

                              Chocolate orgasm brownie from Rosies. The silly name definitely fits.

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                                StriperGuy RE: soxchik Jan 24, 2008 06:53 AM

                                Honestly at Rosie's I like the "Soho Glob" chocolate, chocolate chip walnut cookie even better... the glob is probably my favorite chocolate cookie in town.

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                                  finlero RE: StriperGuy Jan 24, 2008 06:55 AM

                                  Ditto on the SGCCCWC.

                                  I've tried all their brownies over the years, and to me the chocolate orgasm tastes kind of generic. But the German chocolate brownie...damn.

                              2. anitab RE: StriperGuy Jan 26, 2008 03:29 PM

                                I love the molten chocolate cake at Orinoco in the South End. It satisfies a chocolate craving every time.

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