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korikoritx Jul 28, 2011 07:38 AM

Just exited a 15 year dessert-free marriage to a calorie-obsessed husband, and I like to start making amends to myself by checking out some of Austin's best dessert offerings. I'm looking for some recommendations:

What is your favorite price-is-no-limit, no-calories-barred, can't-wait-to-finish-the-main-course dessert in town?

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    CapitalGal Apr 26, 2012 11:31 AM

    I love the key lime pie at Hula Hut--yummy crust (with almonds)!

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      tshirtweather Feb 23, 2012 03:28 PM

      I'm so happy I found this thread! Whenever I eat out, what makes or breaks my experience is the quality of their desserts. Here are my standouts, after eating my way through $-$$$ restaurants these past few years:

      Foreign and Domestic -> (Deconstructed) Banana Tart
      I'll let the photos do the talking: http://blog.fndaustin.com/2011/11/cre...

      Walton's Fancy and Staple -> Flourless Chocolate Hearts
      At $1.50, they're relatively affordable. For dark chocolate lovers, as it is not that sweet (vs. every other dessert there

      )

      Lick Ice Cream -> Any flavor, but I like salted caramel, coconut+avocado cream, and their seasonal spiked eggnog
      It's the best ice cream in town, IMHO. The flavors are excellent, creative, *fresh*, local, and not too creamy or too sweet to give you a tummyache if you want to eat a TON

      Wheatsville Co-op -> Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
      You can find these in the deli section, when they're not sold out. So rich and chocolately and peanutty. They make Reese's PB cups taste artificial and cloying. Other places in town that make their own VPB cups but aren't as good: Quack's Bakery, Progress Coffee

      Upper Crust Bakery (and Quack's Bakery) -> Sugared cinnamon roll
      If you like cinnamon rolls, you've got to try this. It's crammed with butter and sugar, and it's a delight to peel it and eat it layer by layer

      Fabi + Rosi -> crack pie hooch cream
      It's Austin's version of Momofuku's crack pie. Super simple, very sweet, oh so satisfying if you've got a major sweet tooth happening.

      Enjoy! We live in a wonderful city where people demand good desserts, and get them!

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        korikoritx Sep 6, 2011 07:29 AM

        Thank you for all your suggestions! I've been busy, busy, busy, but have barely made a dent in this list! So far, I've gotten the warm baked cookies at the Alamo Drafthouse (with milk!); had two bites of a doughnut at Gourdoughs (way too sweet for me), devoured something absolutely divine at Uchiko (one of the specials), licked the plate from the Chevre Cheese Cake at Mirabelle, smacked my lips over some lemon/meringue thing at Wink, and tried four different pies from Cutie Pies! All that, and I've lost weight since the divorce. I think happiness is the best diet : )

        Please keep the suggestions coming!

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        Uchiko
        4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

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          duncanmcgeachy Sep 6, 2011 12:03 PM

          Bananas Foster at BarChi Sushi was really good. I agree the Tres Leches at Habana is really good, but you could make it yourself for just about as much money with a box of cake mix, the 3 milks and cool whip. I love Gourdoughs and Sugar Mama's. The Alamo Cookies are the way to go, they make them from scratch. Unfortunately, their milkshakes are no longer made from Amy's Ice Cream, I hear they got a "milk shake machine" like Wendys. Strangely enough the Key Lime Pie at The Crab Shack is really good as well. (I heard a rumor that Dangerously Delicious Pies from Baltimore/DC is opening a location here.) That is exciting because I love pie!

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            korikoritx Sep 6, 2011 12:12 PM

            I'm a big pie fan as well. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in Cutie Pies. The were cute and all, but the crust-to-filling ratio was off, probably because they were so cute and tiny. What are some of your favorite local pie places?

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              TerryMtz Sep 6, 2011 12:19 PM

              I agree about the pie crusts at Cutie Pies. Great fillings (I love the berry pie), but the crust is incredibly thin and usually soggy.

              Once, I had a delicious slice of blueberry pie with a crumble topping at Magnolia Cafe. When I went back to get it again, the pie wasn't as heavenly.

              I am thinking of trying pie from the Frisco next. Has anyone been?

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                GulaSocordia Sep 9, 2011 05:50 PM

                I prefer the full size pies at Cutie Pies. ESPECIALLY the buttermilk. Oh my god. I thought I was going to die. ::drools::

                Currently on the hunt for amazing bread pudding.

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              foodiegal71 Nov 15, 2011 11:53 AM

              OMG, I've been wanting to try the Baltimore Bomb pie from Dangerously Delicious ever since I saw it on TV. His pies look incredibly insane. I can't WAIT for this to open!

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            Philip Speer Sep 4, 2011 10:54 PM

            Favorite Austin dessert, Blondie Pie or, Jack's Banana Toffee Pie at Jack Allen's! In fact, had it for breakfast today! Close second, slightly outside of Austin, Banana Pudding at Opie's in Spicewood. Man, think I have a little leftover in the fridge... Later!

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              TerryMtz Aug 18, 2011 08:54 AM

              Sit-down places
              Perla's-Standouts included the fried blackberry pie and the brown butter ice cream.
              Uchi/Uchiko: I feel like you can't really go wrong at either place. I have never tried the more savory option (with goat cheese and tomato) at Uchiko, but everything else has been tasty--including specials.
              Carillon: The Guanaja Chocolate Terrine surprised me. I'm not usually a citrus/chocolate fan, but this won me over.
              Roaring Fork: The mini cherry pie a la mode.
              Hyde Park Bar and Grill: The brownie a la mode is super decadent and fudgy.

              Everything else
              Goodpops: Coffee and coconut paletas are outstanding. They are sold at Whole Foods and at a pop-up on Riverside and Congress, among other places.
              Teo: Their gelato is among the best in town. My favorites are salted caramel and Nutella peanut butter.
              Whole Foods: The caramelita bar is scrumptious, as is the chocolate mousse.
              Central Market: Their gelato is actually very tasty. The pistachio is more flavorful than the pistacho at Teo. I also like to hit up the chocolate section for the occasional splurge on a Vosges chocolate bar. The Amella passion fruit cocoa butter caramels (if they still carry them) are the best.
              Sugar Mama's: Frida cupcake, s'mores bar and apple pie bar.
              Hopdoddy: Salted caramel milkshake
              Casey's: My personal favorite snowball is chocolate covered cherry.
              Gordoughs: I am partial to the sweet/savory flavors of the Porky's, but if you want more sweet, the Heavenly Hash fits the bill.
              La Boite: Not a fan of their macarons, personally, but the Barrie Cullinan almond croissants can't be beat.
              Amy's: I still crave the peppermint ice cream with hot fudge that I had one winter. I also love the coconut ice cream.

              Have fun on your dessert quest!

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              Central Market
              4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

              Teo
              1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

              La Boite
              1700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

              Uchiko
              4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

              1. slowcoooked Aug 18, 2011 07:21 AM

                the coconut gelato at Mandola's at the triangle is the best cold coconut offering I've ever had.

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                  peddani Aug 17, 2011 08:40 AM

                  -Chocolate Intemperance at Jeffrey's
                  -Chocolate silk pie at East Side
                  -Anything from Uchi or Uchiko
                  -Dessert cocktail at FINO
                  -Banana's Foster at Eddie V's
                  -Tiramasu at Musashino

                  :drool:

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                  Uchi Restaurant
                  801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                  Uchiko
                  4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

                  1. dinaofdoom Aug 16, 2011 09:55 PM

                    korikoritx, this post really revved up some of us.
                    please report back on all your gluttonous swingle indulgences!

                    1. NWLarry Aug 16, 2011 04:28 PM

                      Coffee Panna Cotta at Uchi: coffee panna cotta with mango ‘yolk,’ coffee soil and white choco­late sorbet.

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                      Uchi Restaurant
                      801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                      1. ghastlyfop Aug 15, 2011 03:48 PM

                        Favorite old school dessert (i.e. no bacon gelato or tobacco cream) has to be the Jubilee at the Highball, a bourbon bread pudding for two ($12), flambeed with cherries and Grand Marnier at your table side. They wheel out this polished wood contraption to make it that looks like a prop from Dynasty or Love Boat or some other faux-sophisticated 70s TV show. It's either hilarious or embarrassing depending on how many cocktails you've had, but tastes decadently wonderful.

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                          SLadd Jul 29, 2011 06:43 PM

                          Chocolate sack at Trulucks

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                            BTAustin Aug 2, 2011 04:30 PM

                            The 1.25 cone at La Paleteria, coconut.

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                            La Delicias Paleteria Y Neveria
                            8120 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

                          2. abidonfood Jul 29, 2011 10:03 AM

                            i generally don't have a sweet tooth, so you can always throw my suggestions out the window... but here are my recs...

                            Wink's El Rey Chocolate Cake - i actually don't like chocolate, but LOVE this dessert. must pause after each bite to get over each foodgasm... their lemon meringue pot is good too... make sure NOT to get the dessert trio though, it's not even remotely the same experience...

                            Foreign & Domestic's Almond Tart - all i remember is not wanting to share this with anyone...

                            Uchi/Uchiko's Special Dessert - i generally like cutting edge/experimental desserts, and they've got some interesting offerings...

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                            Foreign & Domestic
                            306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

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                              LakeLBJ Jul 29, 2011 10:03 AM

                              Jasper's Desert Trio - 1) dark chocolate molten cake, 2) butter finger creme brûlée, 3)rocky road ice cream sandwich.

                              Gumbos chocolate custard (as previously mentioned)

                              Trulucks chocolate cake and chocolate box.

                              1. TroyTempest Jul 29, 2011 09:22 AM

                                Wom Kim Peach Pudding at Hyde Park Bar and Grill.

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                                  m3lissa Jul 28, 2011 07:21 PM

                                  Truluck's Carrot Cake and/or Mudd Pie. Both are very good.

                                  1. amysuehere Jul 28, 2011 05:26 PM

                                    Besides what I said below, I add Gumbos chocolate custard

                                    1. Alan Sudo Jul 28, 2011 03:05 PM

                                      What a fun idea, and reliving past great desserts is so much more fun than what I was doing - watching my lawn wilt and die.
                                      Could i choose a favorite dessert from this list? Why not just ask me to pick the cutest puppy at the shelter, the fluffiest cloud on a summer afternoon or the most witless yokel commenting on the Statesman website – Herculean tasks all.

                                      So here’s my list, in no particular order:

                                      The bread pudding with warm rum sauce at Hoover's on Manor is decadent - highly recommended. Pair it with a Chicken Fried Chicken dinner with cream gravy and you have a top-notch high calorie celebration worthy of the challenge.

                                      The Salty Oat cookie at Quack's is an unexpected treat - rolled oats and raisins, topped with coarse salt.

                                      Stuff your pie hole with a 4" mini-pie at Cutie Pie's new storefront - 7329 Burnet Road. Their Buttermilk Pie was named one of the best pies in the South by Southern Living Magazine.

                                      Casey's New Orleans Snoballs over on 51st Street has been serving some of the best shaved ice in the city for decades. My favorite flavors include Chai, Wedding Cake, Chocolate Covered Cherry, Cantaloupe and Grandma's Nectar Cream. I also recommend springing for the extra 50 cents and adding whipped cream or caramel topping to your snoball.

                                      The quality of the Tres Leches cake at Fiesta market on 38 1/2 street is surprising, and another strong recommendation of mine. I remember they won best tres leches a few years ago during a blind taste testing by the Chronicle's food writers (the old Granite Cafe was second place).

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                                        verily Jul 28, 2011 02:40 PM

                                        Alamo Drafthouse's $5 milkshake always hits the spot when I don't feel like ordering dinner there. Huge serving (must've used an entire pint) topped with little candied sunflower seeds. For a dollar more, their Midnight Espresso milkshake is really delish, too.

                                        I noticed the Lake Creek franchise is experimenting with new flavors like chocolate-ancho and strawberry-balsamic. I plan to try one when I go see Captain America this weekend.

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                                          addlepated Jul 28, 2011 05:20 PM

                                          I adore the Drafthouse's chocolate peanut butter shake. They float a little peanut butter cup on top of the whipped cream on top of the shake.

                                          Hula Hut's tres leches cake has almost always been a winner for me, too (except for one time when it was tough on the bottom, but that was a very rare anomaly).

                                          Oh, and go to Gourdough's and ask for a Sailor Jerry with grilled bananas on top. Or a Flying Pig if you're feeling carnivorous.

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                                            amysuehere Jul 28, 2011 05:23 PM

                                            Guiness milkshake....

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                                              NirvRush Jul 29, 2011 12:58 PM

                                              yummmm Tres Leches! Habana's Tres Leches is scrumpdiddilyuptious!

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                                          chocolatemalt Jul 28, 2011 02:01 PM

                                          Neither of these are expensive, but I love the frozen bananas from Bananarchy (I've only had mine dipped in chocolate and rolled in peanuts and toffee...I can't seem to ever order anything else!) and cupcakes from Sugar Mama's. They're pretty much all good, even the vegan ones.

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                                            dinaofdoom Jul 28, 2011 02:24 PM

                                            a "crawl" of some of the dessert cars with some gal-pals would be a great end-of-marriage party.

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                                              korikoritx Jul 28, 2011 02:36 PM

                                              Dessert cars? Please tell me more!

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                                                dinaofdoom Jul 28, 2011 03:06 PM

                                                sorry, i meant "trucks", like the banarchy one CM mentioned.

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                                              chocolatemalt Jul 28, 2011 03:36 PM

                                              Oh I had another idea: you could get a box of Tiff's Treats delivered to your office (or home...)! Their cookies are amazing when warm. Once they cool they are sort of run of the mill, but warm they will make you cry. And your coworkers will love you too.

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                                              Tiff's Treats
                                              1806 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

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                                              NirvRush Jul 28, 2011 12:50 PM

                                              i love it! you go!

                                              get some Miles of Chocolate from Central Market, that stuff is sooooo freaking good! (if you REALLY want to make up for lost time, maybe combine it with the gelato/ganache idea).

                                              Speaking of gelato, Teo's salty caramel ice cream is great.

                                              wow, this is going to do wonders for your mental health! =)

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                                              Central Market
                                              4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

                                              Teo
                                              1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

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                                                amysuehere Jul 28, 2011 05:25 PM

                                                Second on the Miles!

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                                                  rusty_s Aug 2, 2011 03:27 PM

                                                  Second on the salty caramel from Teo's. Yum!

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                                                  Teo
                                                  1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

                                                2. dinaofdoom Jul 28, 2011 12:43 PM

                                                  a few people mentioned the following as the best pastry chefs in austin:

                                                  thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760851

                                                  laura sawicki, la condesa
                                                  philip speer, uchiko
                                                  diana sanchez, jack allen's kitchen

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                                                    verily Jul 28, 2011 02:36 PM

                                                    I love Uchiko's Fried Milk.

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                                                      dinaofdoom Jul 28, 2011 06:49 PM

                                                      yes-- the desserts at uchi and uchiko are very unusual and nuanced.
                                                      they're not the usual sugar and butter one two punch (not that i mind it, when in the mood).

                                                      if you are into chocolate truffles, there was a post on them here:
                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785740

                                                      barley swine is also doing some interesting desserts.
                                                      here's an excerpt from today's menu:
                                                      Smoked pecan fudge, marshmallow, cocoa nibs, salted caramel ice cream 7
                                                      Vanilla porter, malted barley ice cream 4

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                                                        Optimista Jul 28, 2011 11:44 PM

                                                        That beer float at Barley Swine is fan-freaking-tastic.

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                                                        Barley Swine
                                                        2024 S. Lamar, Austin, TX

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                                                      Optimista Jul 28, 2011 11:46 PM

                                                      I'd for sure add Plinio Sandalio at Congress/Second to that list.

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                                                      rusty_s Jul 28, 2011 11:45 AM

                                                      -the homemade doughnuts at Parkside. I find them irresistable.
                                                      -anything from Sweetish Hill. Between birthdays and work functions, I've had many different flavors of their cakes. And I get pastries there for breakfast more often than I care to admit. I don't have a favorite.
                                                      -apple strudel at European Bistro. Availability varies.

                                                      1. popvulture Jul 28, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                        My far and above favorite was the coconut buttermilk pie with a bruleed top and berry coulis at the Good Knight. RIP. Sigh.

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                                                          fduran Jul 28, 2011 08:27 AM

                                                          I have not tasted a dessert in a restaurant that jumps to my mind but to help you in your new dessert path you can start on your own with a couple of things I enjoy:

                                                          1.- Go to CM and buy a Valhorna 60-70% chocolate bar, and also a Capogiro or Hagen Dazs Vanilla gelato/ice cream. Chop the chocolate and add it to the same amount of hot heavy cream and let it melt for a minute, then stir to make a ganache. Use this on top of some of the capogiro gelato or HD ice cream.

                                                          2.- Buy some croissants from la Boite or Baguette et Chocolate and some Nutella, put them together, eat and enjoy. While at BeC check the case for some wonderful chocolate mousse and maybe buy some other pastries to take home.

                                                          3.- If you enjoy espresso, Buy a small pint of gelato/ice cream at CM North Lamar and then go straigth to Houndstooth and ask for a double espresso, and ask for a latte cup (not warm). Put some ice cream in the latte cup and when the espresso shots are ready pour them over the ice cream/gelato to make a wonderful affogato.

                                                          Enjoy! and well do not try to do over doing it by having all of them the same day :)

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                                                            Optimista Jul 28, 2011 11:48 PM

                                                            To add to fduran's recommendations (which, by the way, I'm jotting down myself), don't miss the macarons at La Boite, either. They are AMAZING.

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                                                            La Boite
                                                            1700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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                                                              chrisdds98 Jul 29, 2011 11:25 AM

                                                              had macarons at payard in vegas that were out of this world good. Haven't found any in austin that have compared... definitely gonna give this place a shot, thanks for the tip

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