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Where's someplace great for dessert that's not a usual suspect?

I'm looking for someplace new to try. It can be a restaurant, truck or bakery...or whatever for that matter. I'm familiar w/ the usual places (i.e., Huckleberry, Providence, Hatfield's, et al) & I love them all, but I'm wondering what else may be out there? It can be anywhere from Venice to Silverlake, I'm not afraid of a little time in the car. Just looking for something new...

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  1. Your "usual places (i.e., Huckleberry, Providence, Hatfields, et al)" leaves a LOT of uncovered territory as far as where you have and haven't tried dessert. For instance, have you tried any of the myriad of desserts at Simon/L.A. (including the "junk food" ones)? http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=h...


    I would also recommend the desserts at the Nickel Diner downtown (maple bacon doughnuts along with all the other things they have): http://nickeldiner.com/photos.htm

    8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Nickel Diner
    524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      1. I really enjoy Craft's desserts. Chef Shannon is the bomb. You can enjoy that in the lounge, or outdoors.

        No comment on the SimonLA link (which is comment enough).

        1. I'm not afraid of a little time in the car. Just looking for something new...

          Class 302 in Rowland Heights.

          Somewhere closer than Rowland Heights? WP24 in downtown LA.

          900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

          1. Patisserie Chantilly - sesame choux
            Frances Bakery - souffle cheesecake
            Donut Man - summer peach donuts
            Scoops - artisanal ice creams
            Max's of Manila - halo halo, buko pandan
            Porto's Bakery - guava pastries
            Olympic Bakery - mango cake
            Class 302 - shaved snow
            SinBaLa - shaved ice
            Kiriko - black truffle ice cream
            Colori Kitchen - ricotta cheesecake

            WP24's desserts are awful. The only things worth the trip to WP24 are the appetizers.

            Patisserie Chantilly
            2383 Lomita Blvd., #104, Lomita, CA 90717

            11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Colori Kitchen
            429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

            Donut Man
            915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

            Porto's Bakery
            3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

            900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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            1. re: J.L.

              Forgot to add Churros Calientes to the list...

              Churros Calientes
              11521 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025-3007

            2. Natas Portuguese Bakery (and cafe) in Sherman Oaks (Ventura & Fulton). Delicious sweet & savory Portuguese pastries--particularly great natas, of course.

              1. Have you tried Joan"s on Third or Sweet Lady Jane?

                Sweet Lady Jane Bakery
                8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                Joan's On Third
                8346 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                1. Another thought would be the Indonesian desserts at Ramayani on Westwood Blvd. including their "Ice Shanghai" which consists of mixed fruits, cendol (a worm like jelly made from rice flour with green food coloring added) grass jelly and all topped with vanilla syrup and condensed milk. They also do a "frozen durian" dessert which I've never tried.

                  Ramayani Westwood
                  1777 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                  1. Babalu, on Montana in Santa Monica, has an amazingly varied dessert case—cakes, pies, cookies, you name it. I usually lurch in and get something to go on the way home from the Farmers Market. http://www.babalu.info/

                    1002 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                    1. I'm not sure what your post means, but I like the tarte tatin and sesame ice cream at Musha.

                      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                      1. just a few others to toss into the mix...

                        Bouchon Bistro - nice pastries, wonderful apple tart
                        Nata's - for natas
                        Mashti Malone's for Persian treats, rosewater ice cream and goods
                        Luna Park - for the do it yourself s'mores
                        Jin Patisserie
                        Water Grill
                        Baklava at Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
                        Persian Bakery.. forget the name next to Feast from the East
                        Hirozen Gourmet - some neat stuff with ube
                        Mastro's - Butter Cake
                        Madeo's Chocolate Souffle
                        Animal - Donuts and IIRC Tres Leches?
                        ...and a lot more i'm forgetting...
                        La Provence - some good pastries

                        Water Grill
                        544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                        Luna Park
                        672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                        8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                        Jin Patisserie
                        1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                        Madeo Restaurant
                        8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                        Mastros Restaurant
                        2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                        Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
                        1776 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                        Bouchon Bistro
                        235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                        1. re: Emme

                          The Persian Bakery is called Pink Orchid Bakery & Cafe.

                          Pink Orchid Bakery
                          1927 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                        2. I think the desserts at A-Frame are amazing and not a place usually people mention when they're talking dessert.

                          12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                          1. re: mollyomormon

                            A-Frame's hot churros and chocolate milkshake is a great dessert.

                            My favorite is the butterscotch pot de creme at Gjelina.

                            I also like the key lime pie at Nook.

                            12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                          2. Has anyone had the desserts at Tavern in Brentwood (aside from their Snickers bar thingie?) I am thinking of going there for dessert tomorrow with friends but only if the other desserts are good, as I don't care for peanuts/peanut butter desserts.

                            I posted more details about our dessert needs for tomorrow night in the follow thread -- if anyone has suggestions I'd love to hear 'em! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8145...

                            1. i like the desserts they serve at Hosteria del Piccolo.
                              606 Broadway, Santa Monica

                              PIZZA NUTELLA Hazelnut-chocolate cream and fresh banana 10
                              PIZZA DOLCE Vanilla custard, fresh strawberries, shredded coconut 10
                              TIRABIGNÈ Mascarpone cream filled puffs, espresso sauce, cocoa 10
                              CARPACCIO Fresh pears carpaccio, chocolate crème brulée 10
                              PANNA Meyer lemon panna cotta: raspberry coulis 10
                              PANZEROTTI Crispy hot ravioli filled with apples, vanilla-cinnamon sauce 10
                              FRAGOLE & CO Basket of fresh berries, crème fraiche, chocolate sauce 10
                              ‘NCONO Selection of Italian artisanal gelato and fruit sorbets by GROM 9

                              1. Red Medicine served some of the most novel and inspired desserts I've had in LA in a while.

                                Red Medicine
                                8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211