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Feb 16, 2012 05:21 AM

Best Desserts in New Orleans?

What are your favorite desserts from New Orleans restaurants? The one I remember best , and can't wait to have again,is the bread pudding souffle from Commander's Palace, which I had at their Sunday jazz brunch. What other meal enders should I make sure not to miss on my upcoming six day trip?

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  1. August: nougatine with chocolate bavois and salted toffee ice cream, Pere Roux's banana "cake" with white chocolate.

    Emeril's: banana cream pie

    Coquette: mini "beignets" with salted caramel/chocolate sauces, goat cheese mousse with honey/seasonal fruit.

    Commander's: baked to order strawberry short cake. I used to enjoy the bread pudding souffle until my husband commented that it reminds him of oatmeal. Totally ruined it for me.

    Gelato at Brocato.

    Stop in the bar at HOB for their key lime pie or bread pudding. Servings are generous.

    BTW, you can stop in the bar for dessert at both August and Emeril's. They are also open lunch time (weekdays till 2) for a midday treat.

    3 Replies
    1. re: JazzyB

      Jazzy, when we were at Coquette last week, they told us they are no longer offering the beignets. I was disappointed until I tried their version of Banana's Foster, which was a small slice of carmelized banana bread with what they called confiture du lait (banana rum ice cream, I think). It was wonderful!

      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        They change things up pretty often. Other good offerings were pannacotta w fruit, choc cake w banana milkshake, sweet potatoe pie with carmel whipped cream. They also had a really good choc. tart. Yea, I'm a dessert junkie. IMO, best are at August. Oh, forgot, Domenica brings fabulous choc espresso cookies with your check. Better than the dessert I've had there. I have addicted many to them since chef emailed the recipe.

        1. re: Niki in Dayton

          I think the beignets are off the menu with the new pastry chef. But the desserts are still excellent.

          Had two awesome desserts the other week at Patois. Homemade "Snickers" and a coconut semifreddo with kettle corn and caramelized bananas.

      2. I am a sweet eater so almost always have dessert. Nothing I've ever had in NO has compared to the pastries at Angelo Brocato's. Sucre has some pretty good gelato but I didn't care for the pasties I got there. Creole Creamery is good but after the 4th or 5th visit, we lost interest. I'm not sure why. I threw away most of my ice cream the last time I was there.

        I've had most of the desserts at Mr. B's, about 3 at Gal's, some chocolate thing at August that was a letdown, a few at Brennan's and Commander's, the banana cream pie at Emeril's and too many others. The one I want to try is the double chocolate bread pudding at Red Fish Grill. I've heard raves about it.

        But normally I've quit ordering dessert and just make a trip out to get some Angelo Brocato pasties.

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        1. re: texasredtop

          Sucre's desserts/cupckes only look good.Tastewise they are disappointing. Although their flavors are not as creative as Sucre's, Brocatos gelato is better.

          1. re: JazzyB

            I am not a huge fan of gelato at all. But I thought Sucre's was just as good. I will always go back to Brocatos for the pastries but in a pinch, I'd stop and get a gelato at Sucre without hesitation.

          2. re: texasredtop

            Hey, texas, have you been to La Boulangerie bakery on Magazine? We found the pastry there to be scrumptious!

            1. re: Niki in Dayton

              Someone recommended it last summer and I went about two weeks later and it as closed due to road construction. There was nothing online about it so it was a wasted trip there. I had even called to get their hours when I first heard about it and no mention of being closed although it might have been sprung on them at the last minute. There just aren't too many places that don't take the time to put up a website and at least give you their hours of operation,an address and a phone number. I read some not so great reviews after the trip and lost interest when we were back in December. Guess I need to add it back to the list. I love good pastries.

              1. re: texasredtop

                We didn't try enough stuff there, but the chocolate almond croissant was heavenly. The French King Cake was very good; the olive bread was great. Everything looked wonderful. I haven't made it to Brocatos yet, but swear I will the next visit! The problem (and joy) with NOLA is there are too many great places to eat and never enough time...

            2. re: texasredtop

              I had the double chocolate break pudding at Red Fish Grill for the 1st time back in November. It was really decadent and delicious.

            3. I think the best desserts in New Orleans are at Coquette. They got a new pastry chef recently who has been changing the dishes up frequently, and while I haven't had all of them, the ones I have had have been fantastic. The strawberry dessert they have on now might be my favorite dessert ever. By extension of this, I imagine the desserts at Sweet Olive are rocking too, since it's the same chef.

              2800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

              Sweet Olive
              931 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112

              1. Restaurant August Banana Pudding, Satsuma Creamsicle, or Sesame Cake with Tahini Ice Cream (Chef Kelly Fields is a Goddess)

                Domenica's Banana Zuppa

                Borgne Restaurant's Chocolate Flan

                Capedeville's King Cake Bread Pudding