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Dessert & coffee

dotrat Mar 23, 2008 11:07 AM

Sometimes after a delicious meal, I like and hour or two before dessert. I miss the availability of fantastic evening spots where one can enjoy a special baked good and some espresso found in east coast cities. Does LA have anything like this? Anything on the westside? Sometimes I just take a dessert 'to-go' from the restaurant I've had dinner and have it at home hours later but that's not really the same experience.

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    ElissaInPlaya Mar 24, 2008 03:41 PM

    Babalu on Montana is great for this. Sit at the bar inside, or outside if it's nice.

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    Babalu
    1002 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    1. Emme Mar 23, 2008 07:30 PM

      Coffee drinks and pastries at Elysee in Westwood

      Urth Caffe

      Providence has the dessert tasting menu

      SimonLA has the dessert junk food platter

      Al Gelato

      Literati Cafe

      Coral Tree Cafe

      Broadway Deli

      Terroni in WeHo

      Not refined, but Swingers is always open late and good for diner desserts

      Don't shoot me, but the Marina del Rey Cheesecake Factory is nice because you can sit out sand side

      1. trishyb Mar 23, 2008 07:10 PM

        Urth Caffe. They have locations in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood.

        1. wutzizname Mar 23, 2008 02:28 PM

          Susina and Milk, both on Beverly west of La Brea, both open late.

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          MILK
          7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Susina Bakery & Cafe
          7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. omotosando Mar 23, 2008 12:12 PM

            Especially with warm weather coming, trying the outside bar seating area at Craft in Century City. It is a really lovely space and you can order off the Craft dessert menu (without incurring the expense of eating a full meal at Craft or the hassle of reservations). If you self-park in the huge lot rather than valet, parking is free.

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              Debbie W Mar 23, 2008 02:13 PM

              That's a great idea! The Craft dessert menu is really quite excellent, what with all the different ice creams and gelatos and sorbets and parfaits and souffle and on top of all that, lovely composed desserts and various fruits and cheeses. But are you sure the entire dessert menu is available? I looked at the bar menu on our last dinner at Craft (3/1/08 so fairly recently) and I seem to recall that the dessert choices were somewhat abbreviated. Hopefully I am recalling incorrectly.

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                omotosando Mar 23, 2008 02:24 PM

                I think they do have a "bar" menu, but if you ask, you can get the regular menu at the bar. I had dinner at the bar in January and we ordered off the regular menu. They don't appear to have much of a bar "scene", at least on weekends, so perhaps they were more accommodating because the bar was practically deserted. I hope it stays that way - eating at the bar was lovely. A very comfortable table, excellent service. Basically, the whole Craft experience without having to bother with reservations. I think it would be a splendid place for dessert if you live in the area, including the free parking if you are willing to brave the big parking structure.

            2. JackonCrack Mar 23, 2008 12:03 PM

              LA does have something like this, unfortunately it's not on the West side as it's called KOREATOWN. ;)

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                spkspk Mar 23, 2008 07:35 PM

                Hee, I was thinking the same thing!

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                  dotrat Mar 23, 2008 07:54 PM

                  anything specific?

                2. J.L. Mar 23, 2008 11:28 AM

                  Mousse Fantasy is located in the minimall occupied by Nijiya Market on Sawtelle, just north of Olympic. It shares a space with the ever-popular Beard Papa's. Check it out!

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