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Making my 6th trip to New Orleans since Feb. '10. This trip I would love to discover the best desserts the town has to offer. Emeril's Banana Cream Pie is an obvious choice & one of my favorites. Any other's worth going out of the way for?

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Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Commander's Palace has outstanding deserts. The bread pudding is great.

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    Commander's Palace Restaurant
    1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: Littleman

      Actually, it's bread pudding souffle.

      1. re: Littleman

        The Praline Parfait is my favorite Commander's dessert, but all bets are off if the
        Strawberry Shortcake is on special that day :-)

      2. Banana brown butter tart - Herbsaint
        Satsuma, limeade, or lemonade snoball - Hansen's
        Chocolate pot du creme with beignets - Coquette
        Profiteroles - Mr. B's
        Pecan pie on the grill - Camellia Grill
        Everything at Lilette, their pastry chef is a genius
        Gelato - La Divina
        Gelato, cannoli, spumoni - Angelo Brocato's

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        1. re: uptownlibrarian

          +1 on the chocolate pot du creme at Coquette.

          1. re: noradeirdre

            yup, +1 on the pdc.

          2. re: uptownlibrarian

            Satsuma, limeade, or lemonade snoball - Hansen's

            These sound so refreshing! Also, the grilled pecan pie sounds intriguing...

            1. re: GDPhalp

              I like doing half satsuma and half cream of nectar. or half satsuma and half lemonade. Or half cream of coffee and half cardamom. Or or or or...

              1. re: noradeirdre

                I'm not big on fruit but I was also thinking of da Nec'tah cream

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  Got me a cream of peach and ginger with condensed milk on Sunday.

              2. re: GDPhalp

                I'll tell you about something refreshing, GDP....the blood orange panna cotta at Coquette. If you are there and they have it on offer, be sure to try it....it is WONDERFUL!

              3. re: uptownlibrarian

                Want a Great snoball, Nola Snow Snoballs on Robert E Lee, the BEST!

              4. I'm a flan hound, and the flan at RioMar is in a transcendent class all its own.

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                1. re: BrooksNYC

                  Ooh, the tres leches cake is outstanding, too!

                2. I am a fan of Brennan's Bananas Foster, and order it often, though not really a dessert-person.

                  I am less a fan of CP's Bread Pudding Souffle, but that is just me.

                  Hunt

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                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    I'm with ya on the bread pudding at CP. I don't like it. Give me Bon Ton - now that is bread pudding.

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                    Bon Ton Cafe
                    401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    1. re: mrsfury

                      You know, we absolutely MUST fit Bon Ton into the next trip. It's been over 20 years for me, and I think that my wife has only been once more in that time. We used to dine there fairly often, when we lived in NOLA, and wife did a dinner about every two months with business associates. We loved it, but it kind of fell off the "radar screen," and we've just not taken the time to go back. I will try to rectify that next trip, especially if I can sneak my wife into town, with no familial duties!

                      Hunt

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                      Bon Ton Cafe
                      401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      1. re: mrsfury

                        I had a great bread pudding at Mandina's recently. Not as leaden as some in town. Really an excellent ending to a great meal.

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                        Mandina's Restaurant
                        3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                    2. Emeril's banana cream pie, August's nougatine w/salted caramel ice cream, Coquettes goat cheese mousse w/ lavender honey and figs (sometimes blueberries). I'm also a sucker for a Le Foret souffle.

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                      Emeril's Restaurant
                      800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      Le Foret
                      129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      1. White chocolate bread pudding at Palace Cafe and Crepes Fitzgerald at Brennan's. Also love the bread pudding souffle at CP.

                        1. Stella's Banana Foster French Toast

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                          1. re: cereed007

                            I KNOW my wife's answer: Stella!'s Dessert Grilled Cheese Sandwich...She came close to nominating it for her best dish, ever, in New Orleans but had to hand that to Chef Brigtsen's Pork Tenderloin with Debris Sauce.

                            For me, it's Commander's Palace's bread pudding souffle...but I'm not the sweet-tooth that my dear wife is!

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                            Commander's Palace Restaurant
                            1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Brigtsen's Restaurant
                            723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                            1. re: Monch

                              oh yeah! that thing is da bomb. not sure if its always on the menu, but so worth it when it is.

                          2. double chocolate bread pudding at Red Fish Grill -- it's dark w/ milk & white on top. decadent.

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                            Red Fish Grill
                            115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            1. Bread Pudding at Luke with the ice cream on top at least deserves a mention. Bread pudding has supplanted cheesecake as my wife's favorite dessert.

                              1. Deep Fried Cupcakes at Rue 127
                                Angelo Brocato's Ponchatoula Strawberry Ice, Mezzo puff, and Praline Gelato
                                Mimi's of River Ridge Satsuma Crème Brûlée

                                +1 for Emeril's Banana Cream Pie

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                                1. re: paz5559

                                  Baked Alaska at Antoines not mentioned????????
                                  CP bread pudding souffle, praline parfait, cheesecake- I'm not a cheesecake lover
                                  Banana cream pie Emeril's
                                  Banana bread pudding Galatoires
                                  Gelatos at sucre

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                                  Emeril's Restaurant
                                  800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                  Galatoire's Restaurant
                                  209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                  1. re: steakrules85

                                    I like the gelato at La Divinia and Angelo Brocato better. Also, cannolis and fig cookies and lemon ice (or peach ice or blood orange ice) at Brocato's too. Mmm.

                                2. second the brown butter banana tart at herbsaint, and a vote for Mat and Naddie's paneed white chocolate bread pudding. Way better than bread pudding souffle at Commanders's