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I will be in New Orleans for a week on vacation and was wondering if there are any must have dessert places? My girlfirend and I have been doing some research but would like some insiders opinion. I don’t mind if the dessert comes after a great romantic meal or standing room only, we like to experience it all. Any input would be great!

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  1. My favorite dessert in all of New Orleans is the White Chocolate Bread Pudding at Palace Cafe!

    1. Rio Mar and La Boca both have excellent desserts. Love Rio Mar's banana empanadas and tres leches. As mentioned, Commander's has excellent desserts, also. I love their seasonal desserts. Last week, they had a Louisiana strawberry shortcake and a Louisiana citrus dish. Both were really good. There's also Sucre. A lot of their stuff is all flash and no substance, but they've got a few really good things: white chocolate lavender hot chocolate, vanilla malts, and parfaits to name a few. I live right by the Creole Creamery, so that's my normal dessert stop. The apple pie at GW fins is good, too.

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      1. re: N.O.Food

        Yes Rio Mar and La Boca! Order a few and share them. Some are pictured on the websites. We were lucky enough to try all the desserts and everyone loved them.

        www.labocassteaks.com and www.riomarseafood.com

        We rarely order dessert so that's all I got for ya.

      2. Commander's Palace Creole Bread Pudding Souffle, Brennan's Bananas Foster, I also concur with nininik that Palace Cafe has great desserts.

        1. Red Fish Grill on bourbon has a White & Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding which is very good. they are a brennan restaurant, believe it is the same clan that owns Palace Cafe.

          1. If you're a sugar fiend, then hit up Sucre. Fancy pastry, macaroons, in-house chocolate, etc.

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            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              Agree with N.O. Food on RioMar desserts. Their Tres Leches Cake is out of this world good.

              Of course Commander's Bread Pudding Souffle and any Bananas Foster (I haven't had it at Brennan's, but they do it well at Arnaud's) deserve to be mentioned. Add them to your classic column.

              Herbsaint's Banana Brown Butter Tart is also extremely good.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Seconded on Sucre. Drop-dead gorgeous pastries, giant cupcakes, sundaes, gelato, you name it they have it! And if that doesn't push your buttons, La Divinia Gelataria is right next door....

              2. Lilette has excellent desserts.

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                1. re: Frolic

                  I am with you Frolic. Lilette's poached pear is for my money killer.

                  1. re: Tonto

                    is that the one w/ the scoops of goat cheese/"sorbet"? if so, it was awesome!

                    Lilette was nominated for a James Beard for their desserts, i believe.

                    1. re: kibbles

                      Quenelles of goats cheese crème fraiche with poached pears,
                      pistachios, and lavender honey

                      If I go to the chair, this is what I want.

                2. To be honest I don't do dessert too much when I eat out, but one place I would recommend to anyone without hesitation is Creole Creamery. Fantastic ice-cream shop on Prytania St (Uptown). Plenty fun and interesting flavors to try and about as cheap as good dessert gets. If you go, it is cash only. I would also say look for a good bread pudding (seems some people have pointed several out already), bananas foster and pralines. All really good in New Orleans. If you are in Mid-City for any reason, I would also recommend Angelo Brocato's (On Carrolton Ave near Canal St); lots of very good Italian desserts including spumone and cannoli.

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                  1. re: gastrotect

                    What's the killer-gotta-have-it flavor at Creole Creamery? The red velvet cake interests me strangely.

                    1. re: CheBeret

                      They change all the time. Hard to name just one. If I don't get a malt, I get a different flavor every time.

                      1. re: CheBeret

                        I tend to get a different flavor every time too. My gf loooves Red Velvet (it is delicious). I rather like Lavender actually. But I don't think I could pick one. I typically get a different flavor each time. I know they have a blue cheese flavor every now and then that I think I am brave enough to try now.

                    2. Is it just me? The past 10-15 years the city has really progressed in its fight to abolish the saying "1000 restaurants, only 10 recipes". But what about the pastries? Every city has signature pastry chefs. Who is it in New Orleans?
                      Yes the bread pudding and the banana foster are great. But whats next?

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                      1. re: Davebr

                        Sucre is an awsome pastry shop on magazine that also has lovely chocolates. We had the tiramisu and one of their stuffed cupcakes which was huge and delicious. They plate the pastries for you with drizzled sauces if you are eating in. Thank you.

                        1. re: Davebr

                          I agree there are other desserts beyond bread pudding and creme brulee. At a recent dinner a Patois I had an amazing deconstructed s'more and the same can be said for the "root beer float" at MILA. I find sucre to be pretty but not great tasting.