Hello ladies and gentlemen! I've lurked around Chowhound boards for a while now, but this is the first time I've posted. This is my second time visiting Austin, so I'm rather unfamiliar with the restaurant scene here. As such, I am here for your wisdom.
I have a friend with an exceptional fondness for pastries and desserts. She loves to bake as well, so indeed she knows what's good and what's not. I'd like to take her to a restaurant with (arguably) the best desserts in town for a tasting of nothing but their desserts. As such, I am not particularly concerned with the quality or lack thereof of the rest of the menu. However, I am departing Austin in a few days, so a place that does not require reservations well in advance would be most certainly preferred.
I offer you my gratitude in advance for your insight!
One of my favorite desserts in Austin is the praline pistolette at Evangeline Cafe. It's a beignet-like pastry stuffed with chopped nuts and sugar, and drizzled with a sweet (honey?) sauce. It's really good paired with their chicory coffee.
Try Chez Zee's. Their Lemon Rosemary Cake and Orange Chiffon Cakes are my favorite. They have a dessert for every taste.
Personally, I simply cannot resist Miles of Chocolate. This is something I share with everyone I can and the reaction is always the same...absolute disbelief that something can be that amazingly rich.
If I were you, I'd go to Grapevine Market and have either the Margherita pizza or the Gunsmith for lunch (they only serve lunch on weekdays) and pick up a chuck of Miles from the cooler. Hint: let it warm to room temp while you're eating. It's so much more intense as it warms.
I hope this isn't too late, but sample some desserts at Wink. I've tasted two offerings which featured an intensely tart and flavorful lemon curd, one involving a crisp napoleon and the other a softer baked meringue -- both were fantastic. And either would make an excellent contrast with a chocolate item, which they also do well.
I am still in love with the options at Uchi. They have their solid desserts from their normal menu, and a few from their daily one as well. I loved their creme caramel with brown butter sorbet and ginger consomme. I also liked the pepper sorbet and the mini valrhona chocolate torte with wasabi fondant and pistachio ice cream.