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Best Desserts in Vegas?

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glickjor Apr 14, 2011 10:45 AM

My trip to Vegas in May is somewhat different than I've every travelled to Vegas - I'll be travelling with two other couples and my wife (all three women are pregnant).

They all have sweet tooths - I'm wondering what are the best places to get the best sweets, desserts, ice cream

I'm especially interested in places that have some character and places that focus mainly on desserts (as opposed to trying to get into a restaurant to only eat dessert).

On the side - I'd also be interested in any places that offer fun and creative sweet breakfasts (the best waffles, pancakes, etc)

Thanks for any help

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    century81 RE: glickjor Apr 14, 2011 12:11 PM

    Ive heard Max Brenner's (Forum Shops) is pretty good, dessert wise.
    Got to say though the creme brulee at Bouchon is killer.

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    Bouchon
    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    1. Dapuma RE: glickjor Apr 14, 2011 12:20 PM

      JP @ aria apple brioche bread is pretty amazing

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        QAW RE: Dapuma Apr 14, 2011 01:32 PM

        Plenty of options to choose from, for places where the focus is mostly on the sweet tooth -

        At the upper end:
        Payard's Patisserie (Caesar's Palace)
        Jean-Phillip Patisserie (Bellaggio)

        Next Wave:
        Café Belle Madeleine or Sugar Factory (Paris)
        Espressamente Illy (Palazzo)
        Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop (Harrah's)
        Max Brenner (Caesar's Forum Shops)
        Palio (Bellaggio)
        Serendipity 3 (in front of Caesar's)
        Sugar & Ice (Wynn)

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          glickjor RE: QAW Apr 14, 2011 02:58 PM

          The websites for those places are not particularly descriptive (probably because they are connected to the websites of the hotels themselves) - do you recommend any one over the others, and for what?

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            QAW RE: glickjor Apr 14, 2011 03:47 PM

            Desserts are tricky recommendations, so it really is tough to narrow, especially since so many of the traditional Strip restaurants are top-notch in that category. Consider the offerings at Payard's and Jean-Phillip to be a bit more refined and have higher-end ingredients, although finding a place to sit for a party of your size at the latter might not be easy. Put Cafe Belle Madeleine, Espressamente Illy, Ghirardelli, Palio, Sugar & Ice as places where the food takes priority over the comforts of sitting and chilling out for a while (although the last two have very nice views). Sugar Factory, Max Brenner and Serendipity are full-service sit down restaurants that have full menus, but a "sweet tooth first" theme, although only Sugar Factory is open for breakfast (I have a friend that has raved about their Red Velvet pancakes, but have not had a chance to try them yet).

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              ellenost RE: QAW Apr 14, 2011 04:14 PM

              Last week I had the Italian hot chocolate from Max Brenner, and it was excellent. I had this from their take away stand. The Max Brenners in NYC aren't well regarded. Hope the LV version is better. Payard would be my choice for a dessert place.

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            lipgloss RE: QAW Apr 15, 2011 01:26 AM

            Sugar and Ice has been a pizza place for a good while now, and its icecream was not good.

            Serendipity 3 does giagantic sundaes and cotton candy martinis.

             
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          kayoshi RE: glickjor Apr 14, 2011 10:43 PM

          One of my favorite sweet breakfast dishes is the Frosted Flake crusted French Toast with carmelized bananas and chocolate cream at Society Cafe in Encore. Another is the white chocolate orange bread French Toast at Tableau (Wynn). For the more fun places with different kinds of huge pancakes (mango coconut, brown sugar banana), bread pudding with ice cream, there's Hash House A Go Go that a lot of people on this board don't seem to like, but my friends and I like it. Also my friends tried Max Brenner for brunch and liked it (opens at 10am). That has a lot of sweet breakfast and chocolate items. I tried the berry waffle at the Sugar Factory at Paris and the waffle was dry and on the cold side, but I would go back to try that red velvet pancake that QAW mentioned, plus it has a fun store to look at.

          Also. my favorite desserts have been in the restaurants so you might want to consider looking at restaurants with a lounge area and have dessert there. For example the banana cream pie in the Cut lounge (Palazzo); the bananas foster cake at Bradley Ogden's - Caesar's; the white chocolate malassadas ( warm donut holes) at Emeril Lagasse's Table 10, Palazzo.

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          Hash House
          2605 S Decatur Blvd Ste 103, Las Vegas, NV 89102

          Bradley Ogden
          3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          Emeril's
          3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          Table 10
          3327 Las Vegas Blvd South Suite 2900, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          1. shamu613 RE: glickjor Apr 15, 2011 11:01 AM

            I'm going to have to recommend my old stand by favorite, the coffee shop inside Jerry's Nugget. They have two huge dessert cases as you walk n to the place. Hard to miss them. One is a tall rotating circular display and the other a lower six foot long case. More than 50 different choices, all home made and nothing more than $5.00.

            http://www.jerrysnugget.com/dining/pd...

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              MrsCris RE: glickjor Apr 15, 2011 12:54 PM

              I've read a lot about DuPars lately - a friend told me they make the best pancakes, and her husband added that the pies are also outstanding.

              I also would mention the crepe take-away kiosk in the back of Paris. Those are a favourite of ours. Also in Paris, we did go for dessert only at the Eiffel Tower restaurant - we called and asked if we could reserve for dessert and drinks only and they couldn't have been more accomodating. Really good service and good dessert. Nice view.

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              Eiffel Tower Restaurant
              3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                shamu613 RE: MrsCris Apr 15, 2011 05:21 PM

                Good call on the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. One of the few places in town to get a good souffle and great view.

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                Eiffel Tower Restaurant
                3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                  WendellO RE: MrsCris Aug 29, 2011 08:29 PM

                  DuPars' pancakes really are wonderful. BTW they are located in the Golden Gate downtown. Also in L.A. and San Diego.

                  I love the Paris's crepes too.

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                  jackattack RE: glickjor Apr 15, 2011 03:32 PM

                  Will you have a car to head out off the strip?

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                    glickjor RE: jackattack Apr 17, 2011 04:02 PM

                    No car but willing to cab if it is worth it and not too far across town (we are going to Lotus of Siam one night so anywhere near there would be great.

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                    Lotus of Siam
                    953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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                    jackattack RE: glickjor May 6, 2011 05:49 PM

                    The Bouchon Bakery kiosk in the Venetian hotel has a killer chocolate mousse cupcake for $3.50 and a Red Velvet cupcake that had way too much cream cheese icing on top of it and infused inside of it as well.

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                    Bouchon
                    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                    1. cookie monster RE: glickjor May 6, 2011 06:33 PM

                      I'm really fond of the Bananas in a Box dessert at China Grill (Mandalay Bay).

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                        fishyak RE: glickjor May 11, 2011 05:50 PM

                        1) The Eiffel Tower not only has soufflee's, it has a 7 piece Chocolate sampler plate. Get a table with a view of the Bellagio fountains, not all tables have that view.
                        2) L'Atelier in the MGM - assorted "tarts" These are VERY small but have amazing flavor.
                        3) Bouchon - it's listed in Italian for floating island - lightly almond flavored - awesome.
                        4) Grandma's Treat @ BLT in the Mirage - a milkshake with caramel and Maker's Mark whiskey.
                        5) Fleur in Mandalay Bay - the creme brulee trio includes an Earl Grey brulee that was exceptional.

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                        Bouchon
                        3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                        Bellagio
                        3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

                        Eiffel Tower Restaurant
                        3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                          PopMegaphone RE: fishyak Aug 30, 2011 12:23 PM

                          The L'Atelier tarts are my pick.

                          Man, you've got me wanting to try The Eiffel Tower now. :)

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                          Eiffel Tower Restaurant
                          3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                            PopMegaphone RE: PopMegaphone Aug 30, 2011 07:45 PM

                            Oops, how could I have forgotten about the chocolate truffle beignets at Picasso? That's my favorite dessert in Vegas.

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