Dessert Restaurants in Charlotte?
Are there any restaurants in Charlotte that specialize in desserts? I mean high quality, made in-house type of places. I know there was Salara down in Ballantyne, but I've heard it closed. I have heard mixed reviews about Crave in uptown, which I know is fairly new. Anything beyond that?
If not, are there any "regular" restaurants that you'd recommend for top notch desserts? Preferably places where we could feel comfortable going in and ordering just dessert.
You should try Amelie's, on North Davidson Street between Uptown and Noda. Excellent french bakery and cafe. Its a pretty casual, somewhat "bohemian" atmosphere, which may or may not be what you're looking for, but the food is first rate.
I haven't tried Crave, it would be woth checking out...it strikes me as being as much of a bar as a dessert place. You could always go somewhere and sit at the bar and order dessert...the chocolate bread pudding at Commonhouse is awesome, as is the five spice chocolate cake at Nikko and the galaktobouriko (custard in philo with honey) at Greek Isles.
Red Rocks Cafe has some pretty good desserts. They call themselves a cafe, bar, and bakery.
We've gone several times and ordered wine and desserts. They had some really good red velvet cake last time I was there (but it has been a while).
I would second Amelie's in NoDa - open 24 hours and very good.
+3 for Amelie's.
Another option would be Ilios Noche, Nolen Kitchen or Big View Diner. All 3 establishements are owned by Stratos Restaurant Group and they do desserts well. Co-owner and pastry chef Frank Kaltsounis whips up amazing concoctions that always impress me. At Ilios Noche I've had his lemon polenta cake with house made sweet basil ice cream - amazing! Also, his vanilla panna cotta was light, not too sweet and the perfect consistency. At Big View Diner, which is a concept modeled after an old school diner, has all sorts of lovely cakes, pies, pastries and cookies. All are simple throwback treats like cream pies, cheesecakes, carrot cake, red velvet cake, pecan pie, bread pudding, cannoli, etc. All are house-made and are pretty to look at in the glass cases too.