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Sep 11, 2010 12:45 PM

who has the best dessert + cocktails in/near queen anne?

we are in town visiting friends this coming weekend and will be staying in upper queen anne. we have already planned to eat at serious pie, joule, and tavolata or staple & fancy (undecided - feel free to chime in on which we should go to). while i'm sure there will be drinks and sweets involved at most or all of those places plus stops at macrina and top pot, i'm interested in artisanal/seasonal cocktails and seriously decadent dessert for our 1st night. any recs are appreciated.

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  1. Pickings are pretty slim here on top of the hill. Flow is probably your best bet for higher-end cocktails, and is definitely the best placed joint for sitting and absorbing life here----especially if the weather is nice enough to sit outside at the table on the corner of Queen Anne and Boston. Chocolopolis has some pretty great treats. I've never had dessert there, but everything else at How to Cook a Wolf is quite good. If you're feeling seriously decadent, I'd give Canlis a call to see if they'll do just dessert.

    There's also a decent-looking dessert place in Fremont, on the left side of the street about a block past the first light after the bridge.

    Canlis Restaurant
    2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

    1. A short walk/drive/bus down queen anne ave. will drop you off in the heart of lqa. I'm not sure about desserts (besides the donuts) but Toulouse Petit fits your cocktail requirement. They also have a late-night happy hour that might work with your timing.

      1. Betty, definitely. Good cocktails, decent dessert much better atmosphere than flow. Betty.

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        1. re: cocktailhour

          I actually prefer the atmosphere at Flow if I want just cocktails. Especially, as mentioned, if it's nice enough to sit outside. (I also have friends who have had some bad experiences with the management/service at Betty/Crow, and so have kinda leaned away from recommending either to newbies.)

          Altho yes, if it's critical to have both dessert and drinks in the same location, Betty before Flow. Betty before Flow for food.

          1. re: eight_inch_pestle

            I have to say I have never had a bad experience at Betty, service or management wise. just as a counterpoint but of course we all have our own experiences. Betty has an outdoor deck now, in back.

        2. They don't serve cocktails and the food is simple American-Italian comfort style, but I think Pasta Bella in QA has one of the best desserts in the city. Their crème caramel with whip cream is excellent and decadent, I have tried to recreate it, to no avail. You can order it to go.

          As for restaurants on the top of QA I recommend How To Cook a Wolf and Hilltop.

          1. Consider Chinook's, at the Salmon Bay Fishermen's terminal. It's been a while, but we've had generous cobblers and slumps, baked with with seasonal fruits. Mmmmm. With ice cream = seriously decadent.

            Salmon Bay Cafe
            5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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            1. re: mrnelso

              Good rec. When we were there a couple weeks ago they had a full onslaught of peach-themed desserts and cocktails. I'd give 'em a call to see what's what while you're in town.

              Also love Chinooks for simple fish dishes done well, although they falter when they try and get too highfalutin.