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Looking for Great Dessert, Great Selection

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katiewonder Aug 21, 2008 01:30 PM

It's my sister's birthday, and she wants to go out for dessert. What she'd most like is to order several selections and make a meal out of it.

Any suggestions for places that have a good selection of great desserts? We'd prefer downtown LA, but will drive for the best!

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    slacker RE: katiewonder Aug 21, 2008 01:43 PM

    I believe both Providence and Water Grill have dessert tasting menus. Others will know better. I love dessert, but not like that.

    I think LA Mill might have a dessert tasting menu too, but I'm really hating them because the place is filthy and the service is horrible.

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      Diana RE: slacker Aug 22, 2008 07:07 AM

      Isn't LA Mill's dessert tasting menu by Adrian Vazquez the same one he does at Providence?

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        slacker RE: Diana Aug 22, 2008 11:56 AM

        don't know, since I don't do dessert tastings. But that's like saying the food is by Cimarusti, which it is, but just the menu creation. Any comparison ends there.

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          Diana RE: slacker Aug 22, 2008 02:04 PM

          no, I'm pretty sure the desserts are designed by ADrain, and probably put out by the same chef. You know, at Providence, they have a whole team. Micheal and Adrian don't cook absolutely everything/

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            slacker RE: Diana Aug 22, 2008 03:19 PM

            No, I'm pretty sure they were paid a consulting fee and created the menus, then went back to providence.

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      nosh RE: katiewonder Aug 21, 2008 04:08 PM

      Wolfgang Puck is the premier restaurateur in L.A., Spago is his flagship. Sherry Yard is the most renowned pastry chef around, was part of his team when he competed on Iron Chef, and is headquartered at Spago. Topnotch professional service, gorgeous room and patio, an excellent probability of seeing some notables. No reason not to try Spago Beverly Hills.

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        kjs RE: katiewonder Aug 21, 2008 08:44 PM

        last week, i took my daughter and 2 of her friends to b-day dinner downtown and afterwards, took them to Ciudad for dessert only - we ordered 5 desserts - they were all very good, surprisingly the two highlights were the brownie sundae and the banana bread pudding

        1. katydid13 RE: katiewonder Aug 22, 2008 07:40 AM

          Susina Bakery on Beverly Blvd., just west of LaBrea.

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            friedegg67 RE: katydid13 Aug 22, 2008 03:12 PM

            Susina is okay, but nothing special. I'd vote for the deserts at the London. All excellent.

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            Snoopy RE: katiewonder Aug 22, 2008 02:44 PM

            Had a delicious peanut butter cup dessert at Craft last year. Here's the link to their dessert menu: http://www.craftrestaurant.com/craft_...

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              slacker RE: Snoopy Aug 22, 2008 03:20 PM

              Had some great donuts at Craft, far better than the ones at Grace.

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              hungrymeg RE: katiewonder Aug 22, 2008 03:33 PM

              I'd recommend Little Door on Third. They have quite a large desert menu, great ambience for a B-Day, and the quality is exceptional.

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