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Apr 12, 2010 09:44 AM

Non-Chain, Niche Dessert Places in Sarasota?

I’m looking for some fun dessert places in Sarasota. You know those trendy, sometimes cutesy, places that specialize in one item, and you love to take your out-of-town guests there? Is there anything like that in Sarasota (or the surrounding area)?

I’m thinking of places like Georgetown Cupcake in DC or Rice to Riches in NY. Or even a restaurant like Serendipity in NY (and Boca, I hear) that has signature desserts that everyone goes there to get (and they don’t mind you coming in just for dessert).

Think cupcakes, gelato, ice-cream, shaved ice, fudge, whatever...


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  1. What about Euphemia Haye Loft on Longboat? They have wonderful desserts and I am sure you could go in just for them (it is very casual unlike the more formal restaurant on the main level).

    Euphemia Haye
    5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

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    1. re: Arcadiaseeker

      I don't think Euphemia Haye is what this chowhound is looking for.
      I feel a place like JOLLY on the corner of Main / Palm is exactly what he has in mind. Small gourmet desserts, gelato, asst coffee's etc.
      Sarasota is very limited for this type of product, but I think Jolly will fill the bill.

      Euphemia Haye
      5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

      1. re: irwin

        Just to clarify -- Euphemia Haye LOFT has a dessert room (as opposed to the formal dining space downstairs). They specialize in desserts only and they are housemade. I would think this is exactly what the poster would like. Here is a link:

    2. It's a chain but it specializes in one item: Whiteberry on Main St. Went there last week and looved it. The interior is pretty funky and it specializes in frozen yoghurt only. I have not tried Jolly for desserts -- I've been a few times for lunch and the food is so-so. Based on Irwin's post I would definitely try it for dessert next time. You could also try Kilwin's in St Armand's Circle - they have tables and they have wonderful fudge and ice cream.

      1473 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

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