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Apr 2, 2009 09:30 AM

Bananas for Bananas

So, I enjoy banana flavored desserts but they're hard to find. A search of the boards didn't yield a whole lot of info.

Some recent banana desserts that I've enjoyed include: the Banana Banana Banana dessert at Chaya Brasserie; the caramelized banana cream pie at Ruths' Chris; the banana ice cream at Coldstone creamery; deep fried bananas (?plantains) from Philipino restaurants with black sesame seeds on them (but I don't know of a specific place in the South Bay to get them... my Philipina coworkers usually bring them); and even the havana banana split at Jerry's.

I suppose having this many desserts already isn't that bad of a start. However, this being chowhound, I thought I'd see if anyone here knows of any outstanding banana desserts in the LA area? If they're located in the South Bay, even better.

Some examples....
A tasty bananas foster done tableside?
Banana crepes?
Banana cakes or muffins?
An outstanding banana pudding or ice cream?
Banana bread (preferably without nuts)?

Looking forward to hearing any suggestions.

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  1. Fosselman's does a great banana sorbet (and I'm not even a sorbet fan).

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Yum, I'll have to try it. I haven't found a good banana sorbet in all my sorbet adventures.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I think Fosselman's also has other banana ice creams besides the sorbet. Fresh n Easy carries a roasted banana ice cream and Trader Joe's has chocolate covered bananas (yum). Oh, and I forget which bakery they get it from but Whole Foods has a banana cream tart (mini and large ones) that have been quite a hit with my friends.

        1. re: crystaw

          The roasted banana icre cream sounds amazing. I checked out Fosselman's... and, they have banana walnut ice cream... I'm not a walnut fan (which is why I got tired of just buying chunky monkey from ben and jerry's... got tired of picking out the walnut chunks).

          i found a Fresh and Easy nearby... so, that's good.

          1. re: DrBruin

            Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream at Handel's in Upland. But call ahead as their flavors rotate. Bert 'n Rocky's in Claremont Village has an "Elvis" ice cream (banana ice cream with peanut butter swirl)....but the quality just wasn't there last time we tried lacked banana flavor.
            Amandine Pastry in West L.A. has a banana tarte that you can purchase by the slice, but I think that it has a walnut cookie crust.

            Handel's Homemade Ice Cream
            373 S Mountain Ave, Upland, CA 91786

            1. re: DrBruin

              So, I found the Fresh and Easy and found the roasted banana gelato and it's very smooth. I really like it. Thank you Crystaw. Also, I've never been inside one of these markets... it's interesting... in a good way.

              1. re: DrBruin

                If you have an ice cream maker, Alton Brown has a quick and simple recipe for banana ice cream:


                1. re: bulavinaka

                  It's funny you posted that. What got me to post this in the first place, was his banana show. I don't have an ice cream maker but I saw you can kinda do this in a blender with thawed bananas, light corn syrup, and some heavy cream. Thank you for this link. I can now delete it off my DVR.

            1. re: JAB

              Which banana flambe did you like better?

              1. re: DrBruin

                I've actually not had the Dal Rae's. I just remembered than having it.

            2. Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock has the best banana cream pie I've ever had. The same pie @ the Apple Pan is a distant second. Auntie Em's version has a shortbread crust, creamy custard made with real vanilla bean, ripe bananas, and fresh whipped cream. You have to call ahead to make sure that they have it since it frequently sells out, and they rotate their dessert menu

              Auntie Em's Kitchen
              4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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              1. re: apfb

                Banana Rolls with Coconut Ice Cream at Bulan Thai Vegetarian, yummers!

                Busaba Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
                7168 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
                4114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

              2. Someone just wrote on another thread that the banana pudding at Baby Blue BBQ is amazing, also, and I know it's a bit of a drive, but if you are ever in Costa Mesa, Habana on Bristol (in the anti-mall) has the greatest deep fried banana dessert, covered in caramel sauce and served with vanilla bean ice cream. And Whole Foods sells choco covered frozen bananas. I also like to get the "plantains" at Bossa Nova (I used parenthesis because, by my experience, plantains are a savory side dish; these are dark, sweet, almost carmelized banana nuggets). And I believe they have a banana pizza as well.

                1. Bananas Foster at Ralph Brennan's (it and the freshly-fried beignets at the attached cafe are two of the best things at Downtown Disney)

                  TurĂ³n (bananas wrapped in egg roll wrappers and fried, then coated with syrup) at any Filipino place, but you may need to call ahead -- Kapit Bahay and Manila Good-Ha often have them.

                  Banana pudding at Johnny Reb's

                  Banana wafer sundae at Natural on State College in Anaheim

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                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    The egg roll wrapper thing reminded me--Nobu in Malibu has (if it's on the menu-I think it was a special when I had it) banana and chocolate spring rolls, camre with raz and choco dipping sauces. One of the best desserts I have ever had.