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desserts---what is your favorite dessert around los angeles?!

tmsjas Sep 1, 2009 10:40 AM

i am looking for your favorite desserts in los angeles whether it is at a restaurant or bakery or where ever?!!!

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    CompuDude Jan 16, 2010 08:52 PM

    Sadly the restaurant is no more, but I still want to post this in hopes that the chefs who made it end up bringing it to the menu elsewhere!

    Minibar on Cahuenga used to have the most amazing Chocolate Soup with Marshmellows that was indescribably good.

    1. DrBruin Sep 5, 2009 10:27 PM

      So, I was watching a rerun of The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the food channel... and I think it was Duff who was raving about this chocolate bacon concoction at Animal.

      Is this anyone's favorite dessert?

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        schrutefarms Sep 6, 2009 02:06 AM

        Ummm....I've never had it, but it might be mine!!!

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          a213b Sep 6, 2009 10:50 AM

          I had it, again, last week and while it's fine/good, it's certainly not revelatory.

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            Galen Sep 7, 2009 12:45 PM

            The Hawaiian shaved ice truck "Get Shaved". Can't wait 'til Tuesdays and Thursdays when it's in the SFV. Hopefully the weather will stay hot so I can enjoy a few more snow cones.


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            zjarrett Jan 29, 2010 11:07 PM

            Joe's doughnuts at Animal doused in Caramel Sauce....light as a cloud.

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            JosephEBacon Sep 5, 2009 10:15 PM

            Philippe's custard pie. It is the closest thing to heaven that I've ever tasted.

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              MahiMahiFish Sep 5, 2009 10:37 AM

              My second rec, the Banana Cake @ Clementine!

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                DrBruin Sep 5, 2009 10:44 AM

                Banana bread or banana cake? What makes it so yummy? Super moist? Light? Real banana flavor? Does it have nuts in it? I love banana-y desserts... and fortunately, my wife bakes a killer chocolate-chip banana bread.

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                  MahiMahiFish Sep 5, 2009 06:45 PM

                  Banana Cake. The added touch of greatness is the cream cheese frosting, it's outstanding. Yes, very moist, light, slight banana flavor which doesn't overwhelm the taste. Real banana flavor, for sure. We have always been there @ lunch time, the pieces are fresh, soft, moist, etc. Not sure what they are like at the end of the day...
                  My wife loves banana-y desserts as well, she's hooked!

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                athena714 Sep 5, 2009 09:23 AM

                Butterscotch pudding at Jar in Hollywood. *Drool*

                1. kushnerom Sep 4, 2009 10:22 PM

                  I really love Angel Maid Bakery... it's a super simple Japanese bakery in Culver City that has yummy French inspired desserts and pastries... the custard fruit tart is delectable! They're also known for their cream puffs (chocolate dipped is best!)

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                    kevin Sep 5, 2009 08:43 AM

                    is that the one that's next door to mariscos chente????

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                      bulavinaka Sep 5, 2009 11:23 AM


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                        kushnerom Sep 7, 2009 12:08 PM

                        Yes and Chente is awesome--just went back again yesterday and had the shrimp cheviche--phenomenal! Angel Maid ran out of their fruit tarts when I went yesterday too... they have the BEST fruit tarts made with real pastry cream instead of pudding or whipped cream--yuk! They are closed Mondays though and only open til' noon on Sundays. Go early or else everything runs out! :(


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                          kevin Sep 7, 2009 12:26 PM

                          angelmaid, can you get individual fruit tarts, or they only those whole big ones for parties?


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                            kushnerom Sep 7, 2009 12:51 PM

                            They actually have the individual little ones too and I think they are around $3 which is really cheap considering French shops charge around $5 for one. They also have an assortment of other individual pastries... the pear almond tart is delicious, apple pocket, bread pudding cake, mocha cake.... cream puffs are great here too!

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                              kevin Sep 7, 2009 02:18 PM

                              i'll have to stop by if in the area of chente for lunch, too bad it's not open in the evening.

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                              bulavinaka Sep 7, 2009 02:44 PM

                              Angel Maid also has a fruit "boat" that is very similar to the fruit tart, but all the goods are laid on top of some very nice puff pastry instead.

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                                kushnerom Sep 7, 2009 04:21 PM

                                Mmmm, I haven't had that there but my old work used to get a huge one done for people's birthdays from Paris Bakery in Westwood? It was delicious and I couldn't believe how huge they could make a custard fruit tart!


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                          dendet Sep 7, 2009 04:36 PM

                          the cream puffs are addictive...the tarts are always a hit went i bring one to family dinners when you are told to bring a dessert..also ditto to wienermobile rec for stans..great diet breakers...and i like to give a shout out to canter's for their 7 layer cake...

                        3. Emme Sep 4, 2009 09:18 PM

                          i've always been partial to the massive warm and crusty Blackberry Cobbler at Cynthia's piled high with vanilla ice cream... haven't had it in years due to allergies, but i'm thinking it might be worth it one of these days.

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                            MahiMahiFish Sep 4, 2009 08:42 PM

                            Coffee Crunch gelato at Al Gelato...perfection!

                            1. peppermonkey Sep 4, 2009 04:44 PM

                              budino - mozza
                              panna cotta with caviar - ludo bites
                              3 flans - rivera
                              blueberry wonton thing - orris
                              great great grandmother's corn cake - cook's tortas

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                                fdb Sep 4, 2009 10:38 PM

                                "panna cotta with caviar - ludo bites"


                              2. wienermobile Sep 4, 2009 04:09 PM

                                The Peanut Butter Banana Donut at Stan's in Westwood.

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                                  tastycakes Sep 15, 2009 04:42 PM

                                  OMG, it would never last long enough in my house to end up as dessert. those things are so freaking good! i never thought of having those flavors in a donutl

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                                  Jwsel Sep 4, 2009 12:11 AM

                                  I have to say the "Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate" dessert I had a few weeks ago at Melisse may be the best chocolte dessert I've ever had. It had four items: (1) a chocolate souffle into which they injected melted valhrona chocolate after they brought it to the table; (2) a chocolate peanut butter cake with a crispy layer; (3) a bon bon coated with white chocolate with dark chocolate insude; and (4) a mocha chocolate mouse.

                                  Roy's coconut haupia puffs. They are not usually on the menu, but they are similar to profiteroles -- pastry stuffed with slightly flavored coconut custard, served with caramel and chocolate sauce, carmelized banana, and diced fruit.

                                  Kiriko's black sesame ice cream.

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                                    TracyS Sep 4, 2009 01:52 PM

                                    That ice cream at Kiriko is killer. I could eat black sesame everything for days ...

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                                    bigredd Sep 2, 2009 01:53 PM

                                    Kaiserschmirren (sp?) at Spago especially when the strawberries are at their best.

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                                      cheapbastid Sep 2, 2009 12:40 PM

                                      Bulgarini Gelato is a wonderful spot where some fantastic flavors are made daily. I love supporting a local business that's run by a passionate creative.


                                      Bulgarini Gelato
                                      749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

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                                      1. re: cheapbastid
                                        bad nono Sep 5, 2009 08:17 PM

                                        I second that and most specifically their pistachio gelato. Heavenly.
                                        Aside from this I gained something like 20 lbs. since La Maison du Pain opened, so I guess everything there is pretty much my favorite dessert. The fruit tartlets are awesome.

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                                        jackattack Sep 2, 2009 11:36 AM

                                        Hot Fudge Toasted Pecan Malt Shake at Lucky Devil's

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                                          samtron608 Sep 2, 2009 09:54 AM

                                          i just tried the raspberry white chocolate cheesecake from the cheesecake factory last night...wow, that was one mighty tasty dessert....never liked stuff from here, but that cheesecake was really really good. sweet but not overly sweet...the mix of raspberry and white chocolate flavor was perfect.

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                                            nyctolafoodie Sep 2, 2009 08:35 AM

                                            The $14 deconstructed donut at Craft. I'm sorry if that sounds ridiculous, but every part of that dessert brought out a sigh from us all. That dinner was wonderful BTW, and unlike a few of the other parts of the many course dinner which were too salty, this dessert was perfect--amazing chocolate (I forget which imported one it was), custard, fruit "jelly," and some mix of savory and tart in the donut dough (was it lemon-thyme?). Sorry, I forgot the details, it was about a year ago, but oh, the memory of a fabulous meal topped off by a scrumptious dessert still lingers...

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                                              TonyC Sep 2, 2009 09:46 AM

                                              Craft's deconstructed donut is all kinds of awesome. In fact, Craft's desserts in general are just normally tops (Deconstructed Reese's PB cup, gelati, etc.). But Schimenti has left, and I haven't returned since.

                                              In lieu of Craft, I'd like to offer Church & State's dessert board. 6 items for roughly $18. Various tarts, mouse, pana cotta, crumbles, all seasonal fruits, all jammed with butter, all French inflected. The tarts rival anything coming out of Tartine right now.

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                                                kushnerom Sep 4, 2009 10:21 PM

                                                Oh my, that the dessert board sounds amazing... Hmmm, I wonder if I can go there just for the dessert?


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                                              Food Good Sep 2, 2009 12:26 AM

                                              Susina at Beverly and LaBrea and Huckleberry on Wilshire in SM.

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                                                mdpilam Sep 1, 2009 11:51 PM

                                                I am not much of a sweet tooth, and rarely eat dessert, but I loved the Peach Crisp at Westside Tavern. Mmmmmm...

                                                1. bigtums Sep 1, 2009 10:02 PM

                                                  The bread pudding at Masa in Echo Park is pretty high on my list of favorite desserts in LA.

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                                                    WildSwede Sep 2, 2009 11:31 AM

                                                    Haha! I was scanning to see if anyone had posted this phenomenal dessert yet, and lo and behold, here it is! A HEARTY SECOND TO YOUR REC. This is truly, TRULY fantastic! Butter, Almond and Chocolate Croissants all in this delectable dessert. I dream of it!
                                                    Also, the deep fried ice cream at Mijares in Pasadena is really good.

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                                                    sidwich Sep 1, 2009 09:20 PM

                                                    I really love the vacherin glace at Anisette in Santa Monica. It's like summer in a bowl...

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                                                      fdb Sep 1, 2009 10:03 PM

                                                      me too!

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                                                        kevin Sep 1, 2009 10:35 PM

                                                        good choice i see
                                                        i'll have to come up with some of my own, just dreadfully tired right now.

                                                    2. J.L. Sep 1, 2009 06:04 PM

                                                      The papaya cream with cassis at Fogo de Chao floats my boat. Also, the molten lava cake at Matsuhisa (yes, Matsuhisa) is still the best version I've yet come across. The cinnamon souffle at Hotel Bel Air is incredible, and the Chiu Chow taro paste dessert at Capital Seafood in Monterey Park makes the whole trip worthwhile. The buko pandan is good at Max's of Manila. Frances Bakery in Little Tokyo sells slices of heaven called "souffle cheesecake". The yuzu concoction offered at the end of the omakase at Sushi Zo also comes to mind. The seasonal truffle ice cream at Kiriko is made in-house, and knocks my socks off.

                                                      The new Alcazar Express now offers a Lebanese 10 (yes, TEN!) dessert combo for about $65-$70, for all you dessert junkies out there.

                                                      The list goes on and on....

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                                                        hungrykitty Sep 4, 2009 03:56 PM

                                                        I love molten lava cake. I have a recipe for one that is SOOO easy to make and the chocoate oozzess(sp) out when you cut in. You can make it in advance too, so after dinner you just cook for 12 or so minutes. If anyone is interested I will post it or see where I got it and post that.

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                                                          J.L. Sep 8, 2009 12:13 AM

                                                          Nice, but this is the L.A. Restaurant food board (not for discussions of homemade food). Please post recipes and discussion of homemade food on another chowboard.

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                                                        taiwanesesmalleats Sep 1, 2009 03:06 PM

                                                        Banana cream pie from Apple Pan. Actually scratch that. Give me a whole pie and I'll make a meal out of it...

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                                                          Lmo1823 Sep 4, 2009 03:20 PM


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                                                          SeaCook Sep 1, 2009 02:25 PM

                                                          Anything from R.J. Passtrie in Arcadia. Chinese/French fusion.

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                                                            snooze button Sep 1, 2009 01:58 PM

                                                            Crema de Chocolate at Bar Pinxto. It's simple but oh so good.

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                                                              TracyS Sep 1, 2009 01:19 PM

                                                              Anything from Scoops, taro ice cream or lychee sorbet from Fosselman's, black sesame cream puffs from Chantilly Patisserie, macarons from Jin Patisserie, and guava-cheese pastries from Portos.

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                                                                hyacinthgirl Sep 1, 2009 02:47 PM

                                                                I with you on 3 out of 5 on your list (haven't tried Fosselman's or Chantilly).
                                                                I'd just add:
                                                                whoopie pie from Susiecakes
                                                                Gateau fraise from Amandine Bakery
                                                                The Muffy from Isabella's Cookie Company (chocolate covered blueberries!)

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                                                                  bigtums Sep 1, 2009 10:02 PM

                                                                  Yes, the Isabella cookies are awesome!

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                                                                    a213b Sep 2, 2009 08:17 AM

                                                                    Agree on Jin and Portos, and TOTALLY co-sign the Whoppie Pie at Susiecakes. I recently discovered them in the past month and have probably had 8 or 9 since then .... tooth-achingly sweet, but so freaking good!

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                                                                      shebop Sep 7, 2009 12:20 AM

                                                                      Your timing was great! Tried the Muffy today - there's a booth at The Hermosa Fiesta...... What a tasty cookie!

                                                                  2. DrBruin Sep 1, 2009 11:27 AM

                                                                    I'm partial to Ruth's Chris Carmelized Banana Cream Pie and King's Hawaiian Dobash cake.

                                                                    King’s Hawaiian® Bakery & Restaurant
                                                                    2808 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505

                                                                    Ruth's Chris - multiple locations

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                                                                      nosh Sep 1, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                                      Gjelina does a delicious, spoonlicking version of the butterscotch, calling it a pot au creme and topping it with salt and whipped cream.

                                                                      Also love the tart sweet key lime pie at Nook.

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                                                                        mnosyne Sep 1, 2009 08:24 PM

                                                                        You must try the butterscotch pudding at Beacon! It has creme fraiche and shaved chocolate on top!

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                                                                        schrutefarms Sep 1, 2009 10:58 AM

                                                                        The much hyped budino at Pizzaria Mozza more than lives up to its rep, and the chocolate cake thing at Rivera, but there is no way someone could finish that alone-it's too damn rich! (But AMAZING!)

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                                                                          tablefor1 Sep 5, 2009 12:30 PM

                                                                          budino is good, but copetta is better - crispy pizzelle, salted caramel ice cream, marshmallow cream, toasted peanuts MMMMM

                                                                        2. soniabegonia Sep 1, 2009 10:54 AM

                                                                          At La Mill: Passionfruit Gelee / Lychee-shiso sorbet, coconut-soy milk soup, basil seeds
                                                                          At Providence: Kalamansi gelee/white chocolate coconut soy milk soup, lychee-shiso sorbet

                                                                          Notice the similarities? - both by Adrian Vasquez

                                                                          Pretty much anything involving passionfruit is good with me.

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                                                                            tablefor1 Sep 5, 2009 12:29 PM

                                                                            sbegonia, agreed with the Vasquez factor. He may be the best pastry chef in LA right now. I hate to say it, but his desserts sometimes outshine Cimarusti's food.

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                                                                            sel Sep 1, 2009 10:44 AM

                                                                            Custard Tart with Fresh Raspberries (especially when warm from the oven) at EuroPane.

                                                                            Euro Pane Bakery
                                                                            950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

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                                                                              a_and_w Sep 4, 2009 08:24 AM

                                                                              In this same vein, I love the tart clafutti at Amandine. It's more refined than other preparations I've seen, with raspberries instead of cherries and a layer of pears at the bottom.

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