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Desserts in Austin

I'm visiting Austin for a week in February and am researching the best desserts in the city. I love a good bakery, but am also game for any local pies, cakes, cobblers, milkshakes, fudge, etc.. That anyone can recommend. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Go to either Central Market or pretty much any HEB and grab yourself a square of Miles of Chocolate. Let it warm to room temp, and taste a bite of heaven.

    I also love the chocolate custard at Gumbo's Round Rock. There's also a new location on 360/Westlake Drive, but I can't vouch for it's quality.

    1. The pastry chef working at Lambert's Downtown BBQ is very talented. Anything she makes along the lines of banana cream pie, coconut cream pie or banana pudding is bound to be delicious. The lineup changes regularly, so not sure what they'll be offering. I prefer the types of items I mentioned to anything they do with chocolate, or their fried pies (which are cute, and good, just not reliably amazing).

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      1. re: angusb

        Early morning Cinnamon Roll at Upper Crust Bakery - Burnet Rd & 45th Street.
        Evening - Lemon Meringue Pot at Wink Restaurant on N. Lamar just a few blocks west of Downtown.

        1. re: boshtx

          Almost forgot, peanut butter semi freddo at Uchi Restaurant on South Lamar, about 1 mile south of the downtown area.

          1. re: boshtx

            I second the peanut butter semi freddo at Uchi - unreal.

            1. re: boshtx

              Everything is good at Upper Crust. Try their famous black and gold cookie. Trust me.

          2. Sticky toffee pudding- you can get it at Whole Foods and Central Market. An awesome locally produced dessert. Warm it up in the microwave then top with goats milk vanilla ice cream from Brazos Supreme (produced by Wateroak Farm from fresh dairy goat milk and dairy goat cream).

            1. sugar mama's cupcakes rock!

              1. hey there, bloghungry
                since you are from LA, i will mention a few particular things i found/enjoyed when i moved here from boston.

                fried pies: these are little turnovers, deep fried, and usually liberally coated with glaze
                --billy's on burnet has some, along with good ole comfort food.
                http://www.billysonburnet.com/menu.pdf

                chess pie, buttermilk pie: never saw this until moving here.
                --threadgill's is pretty austin-y
                http://www.threadgills.com/menu.cfm

                although you would not think "austin" is a sushi destination, uchi does have some inventive asian-influenced desserts that are well turned out.
                http://www.uchiaustin.com/menu/uchime...

                other places with very southern/southwest desserts:
                --hoover's exemplifies southern cookin':
                http://www.hooverscooking.com/6008409...
                --chez zee has all sorts of lovely desserts
                http://www.chez-zee.com/desserts.php

                if you are looking for some southern-style desserts and more, moonshine's sunday brunch is a pretty good deal (i don't eat there except for the brunch
                )http://www.moonshinegrill.com/menus/m...

                same thing goes for lambert's. the brunch is the best deal in town. i have heard lots of mixed reports about how pricey and not-always-great dinner is.
                http://lambertsaustin.com/new/images/...
                here is their dessert menu for dinner:
                http://lambertsaustin.com/new/images/...

                i would also suggest going down to south congress and hitting up one of the MANY dessert-centric food trucks.
                i'm not a huge fan of hey cupcake, but the cake ball place is pretty interesting.
                here is a great link for the food trucks:
                http://austinfoodcarts.com/tag/dessert/

                i have really, really been wanting to go to parkside, which has been highly touted:
                http://www.parkside-austin.com/menus/...

                since you are from LA, i am not mentioning the mexican bakeries and the like.

                have fun, and above all, bon appetit!

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                1. re: dinaofdoom

                  WOW! Thanks guys. These sound amazing. I've lived in LA for 7 years but grew up in the south and am very familiar with chess pie, banana pudding, fried pies etc.. Can't wait to be reunited with them. Thanks.

                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                    At Parkside, you can get fresh doughnuts ("doughnut holes") for dessert. Everyone should find time in their lives to go eat them.

                    1. re: rusty_s

                      Mocha Toffee Torte at Mirabelle.

                      Bienenstich “bee-sting” cake at Fabi + Rosi