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Just dessert- St. Paul-Friday night

rockyd Feb 15, 2012 06:44 AM

I am dining with some friends at Scusi. I am looking for places that might be good for dessert around 9, 9:30 on a Friday night. We could always stay at the restaurant, but changing it up might be fun. I am not so interested in something too bar-like, and want a place that is welcoming to "just dessert" and has a decent cup of coffee.

The only thing that came to mind off the top of my head was Shish. (I have always looked at their dessert case, but never actually had anything.)

Cafe Latte has lost some its luster for me. I have not been recently so if there is a vote for that, suggest it.

Thoughts please and thank you.

Shish Mediterranean Grill
1668 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Cafe Latte
850 Grand Ave Ste 1, Saint Paul, MN 55105

1806 St Clair Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

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    semanticantics RE: rockyd Feb 15, 2012 06:52 AM

    I was just at Scuis on Saturday, and although I didn't have dessert, the ones mentioned sounded good. There was an apple spice cake, a prossecco chocolate mini cake, and I think a lemon-ricotta-something. I stop listening when I hear "lemon", sorry. I generally don't comment on Scusi here because I know someone that works there.

    Shish has great cake. The slices are as big as sofa cushions. I think they are around $8.

    WA Frost, although I would recommend sitting on the bar side or in the downstairs lounge, ought to be friendly enough to "just dessert". If the "kit kat" is still on the menu, I would recommend that.

    Otherwise Izzy's or Grand Ole Creamery are nice.

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      jenniegirl RE: semanticantics Feb 16, 2012 04:17 PM

      I always think that the chocolate cake at Coffee News is really amazing-and it's a fun place to chat. Never been a real fan of their "other food" but desserts and coffee they get.

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        MSPD RE: jenniegirl Feb 16, 2012 07:28 PM

        I was thinking the same thing (Coffee News) but decided to not post it because of the late hour -- I've had some cake there that seemed a little bit dried out. That said, I've had some great cake there too so.....

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        AnneInMpls RE: semanticantics Feb 16, 2012 09:03 PM

        Izzy's is wonderful for a post-dinner dessert, but they close on the early side in the winter. (Summers, however, they're open later - like 10 or 11 or so.) Just so you know.

        Last time I was at Cheeky Monkey, the dessert list sounded really good. I don't know how late they're open, but that's probably where I'd go - and I'd sit by the fireplace with my treat.

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        karykat RE: rockyd Feb 17, 2012 05:53 PM

        This is too late now for rockyd, but Cheeky Monkey is what came to mind for me. It's close enough.

        They always have a tantalizing dessert case.

        One thing -- I had a cream pie there once -- think it was a coconut cream. It was a little too sweet for me but wouldn't be for lots of people. I think it was kind of a southern style dessert (not sure where I got that idea but think that's right) so it makes sense for it to be a little sweeter.

        Anyway, hope you ended up somewhere fun and good!

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          rockyd RE: karykat Feb 18, 2012 08:58 AM

          Thanks for all the suggestions. We did end up at Shish. It was good choice. The raspberry marble cake was good (not great), I was a little overwhelmed by the frosting (and I love frosting.) Others got the mounds bar--very nice --and the red velvet cake which was lauded by all who ate it. The coffee was good, the vibe perfect after Scusi which was really loud.

          Dinner at Scusi should be another post. It was a great choice and really reasonably priced --$150 for five including a bottle of wine and tip.

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