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any recs for dessert in South Beach after dinner?

smilingal Apr 5, 2012 09:48 PM

dinner at Michaels - then to South Beach to take in the scene - where to go for dessert?

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    tpigeon Apr 6, 2012 05:41 AM

    the Dutch - they have good to great seasonal fruit pies (do not like their key lime pie though which is always on the menu). They also have this chocolate sunday which is great. Great scene.

    Haven - the guy there makes nitro ice cream desserts and decides that day what flavors they should be. It can be a home run or a strikeout but it is interesting and Haven does have a good scene.

    Serendipitdy 3, you can get an overpriced frozen hot chocolate with or without alcohol which is good. Should have a good scene.

    Shake shack - their frozen custards are great. Not a sceney place but there is some people watching due to its location. You can get a cup to go and walk lincoln rd.

    Alta Mare - fruit ceviche and peanut butter and jelly dessert both are great. Will be more of a mellow scene but it is close to the action.

    Barceloneta or Pubbelly - These places have recently vastly improved their desserts - Creme de Caramelo and Cheesecake Flan at Barceloneta or Pubbely --Cinnamon Roll, Bread Pudding, Quatro Leches. Good scenes.

    The Frieze - get a cone or cup and walk lincoln rd.

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    1. re: tpigeon
      dlgc809 Apr 6, 2012 08:50 AM

      Ice Box Cafe, great cakes and ice cream cakes, yum!

      1. re: dlgc809
        Blind Mind Apr 9, 2012 06:01 AM

        Peanut butter oreo ice cream pie at Ice Box is a favorite of mine.

      2. re: tpigeon
        tpigeon Apr 7, 2012 06:19 PM

        Forgot Yardbird -particularly the beignets

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        smilingal Apr 15, 2012 11:06 PM

        still hoping for other suggestions - would like to sit outside and people watch while enjoying a dessert - unless the interior of the restaurant is specially calling! In NY - we have Serendipity and Shake Shack - and i'm of the feeling that you only need to try those once. Alta Mare seems to have interesting desserts. But it didn't appear to be outside. I am still wanting to try Barton G's just for the experience - it seems fun and memorable - but there doesn't seem to be much love for them on this board.

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        1. re: smilingal
          Frodnesor Apr 16, 2012 05:00 AM

          Alta Mare has outdoor seating but it is not on the well-trafficked part of Lincoln Road if people-watching is your interest.

        2. mattstolz Apr 16, 2012 08:48 AM

          i would just stay at michaels for dessert! you have a James beard nominated pastry chef right there, why go somewhere else? then people watch from wherever youd like afterwards

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          1. re: mattstolz
            tpigeon Apr 16, 2012 05:29 PM

            This has been brought up before but remains a mystery.


            1. re: tpigeon
              mattstolz Apr 16, 2012 05:40 PM

              weird. Michaels is a place that i would come to FROM somewhere else for dessert. not leave to get dessert elsewhere.

            2. re: mattstolz
              Blind Mind Apr 17, 2012 08:14 AM

              Good point.

              1. re: Blind Mind
                smilingal Apr 17, 2012 10:49 AM

                i know, i know, ---- I hear ya - just don't want to listen! :) --- because you are locals and have the opportunity to go anywhere at any time - and frequent a place or avoid it -- we have only such limited time in town - and for our one night --- driving from palm beach, down to Michaels (which I am soooo looking forward to) and then wanting to take in the "scene" of south beach - I thought we would plan something for that neck of the woods for after - but I am hearing that it would be a big mistake - so I am thinking that we will stay at Michael's for dessert - then maybe just walk the streets of South Beach. I really don't mean to offend anyone here - and am greatly appreciative of how we all share with each other.

                1. re: smilingal
                  tpigeon Apr 17, 2012 11:35 AM

                  You can also do both, get dessert at michaels and come down for south beach for more if you want. That is how I usually solve these problems. When in doubt, be a glutton.

                  1. re: smilingal
                    mattstolz Apr 17, 2012 12:20 PM

                    i'm with tpigeon. two desserts solves this problem rather easily. but the second dessert will probably not be as good as the one at MG anyways.

                    can always take in the scene of south beach with after-dessert drinks, coffee, or walking.

                    1. re: mattstolz
                      smilingal Apr 17, 2012 02:39 PM

                      it seems that that has now become our new plan! anything in particular in south beach to visit? can you give me certain parameters for walking? I know, put one foot in front of the other...... but referring to specific geographic locations.

                      1. re: smilingal
                        mattstolz Apr 17, 2012 04:45 PM

                        well, if its people watching you want, more or less just set up anywhere along collins and you will get a pretty good show. most of the places have outdoor seating. if im just wanting to relax and focus on the people going by, i normally set up at News Cafe with a coffee or Mangos (for some very interesting outfits). but those are more out of tradition than food... and i have never actually gotten dessert right by the beach.

                        1. re: smilingal
                          tpigeon Apr 17, 2012 05:10 PM

                          I would do one of the lincoln rd places
                          Frieze -grab and walk
                          Shake Shack - grab and walk
                          Alta Mare
                          Serendipitdy 3
                          Ice Box - you can grab and walk or sit down here

                          I would much rather walk lincoln than collins.

                          1. re: tpigeon
                            mattstolz Apr 17, 2012 05:45 PM

                            i guess it depends on if youd rather do more WALKING and seeing, or more people watching. Lincoln road is much better for a nice relaxing walk while eating dessert for sure, but IMO Collins at night has some of the most.... interesting people watching anywhere ive ever been

                            Edit: depending on how long you wanna be walking, it really wouldnt be a huge stretch to grab shake shack at one end of lincoln, walk to the other, and then cross to collins for people watching.

                            1. re: mattstolz
                              tpigeon Apr 17, 2012 07:37 PM

                              I guess we will agree to disagree on where the best people watching is.

                              1. re: tpigeon
                                mattstolz Apr 17, 2012 09:30 PM

                                interesting! admittedly, i havent been on lincoln past 6pm... so that could skew my view a little bit

                                sounds like thats something that should change... cuz i do love my people watching

                                1. re: mattstolz
                                  tpigeon Apr 18, 2012 04:46 AM

                                  News Cafe and Mangos are on Ocean not Collins. Lincoln is better than Ocean as Blind Mind says below.

                                  1. re: tpigeon
                                    mattstolz Apr 18, 2012 05:36 AM

                                    well, then. maybe i just need to spend more time on miami beach in general eh? haha

                              2. re: mattstolz
                                Blind Mind Apr 17, 2012 09:09 PM

                                people watching on Lincoln > people watching on Ocean

                                1. re: Blind Mind
                                  smilingal Apr 18, 2012 06:00 AM

                                  but it seems to me that the buzz is always about South Beach???

                                  1. re: smilingal
                                    tpigeon Apr 18, 2012 06:49 AM

                                    Both lincoln rd and ocean drive are in south beach.

                                    1. re: tpigeon
                                      smilingal Apr 18, 2012 07:37 AM

                                      oh -I hadn't realized lincoln rd was considered south beach! i remember it from 100 years ago - my aunt used to own a children's clothing shop there - i realize it has changed dramatically - the shop and she are long gone!

                                      1. re: smilingal
                                        taiga Apr 18, 2012 09:26 AM

                                        Ocean Drive is as fun to walk around on as Disneyworld.

                                        1. re: taiga
                                          smilingal Apr 18, 2012 08:55 PM

                                          ocean drive in your opinion is better than Lincoln rd?

                                          1. re: smilingal
                                            kennyr Apr 19, 2012 04:27 AM

                                            To me Collins is a street I use to get somwhere (walking or dirving) Lincoln Rd and Ocean Dr are destinations.You might want to walk a few blocks on Collins, especially very late but you should find a table or a spot at a bar and watch the world go by on Lincoln Rd and on Ocean Drive. It's all SoBe.

                                            1. re: smilingal
                                              taiga Apr 19, 2012 03:04 PM

                                              My apologies for any confusion. For me, Ocean Drive is a like a cheap cruise, only the crowd is less refined. I am not a fan of anything there save for the historical aspects. I find it a punishment. Lincoln Road suits me more.

                    2. taiga Apr 16, 2012 07:23 PM

                      The Frieze - get a sorbet and float to heaven where you can look down upon those frolicking on Lincoln Road.

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                        miamicurated Oct 10, 2012 08:13 PM

                        Try the deep fried oreos sundae with cookies n cream ice cream, hot fudge and marshmallow sauce at Serependity 3 on Lincoln Road. It's downright decadent. The oreos taste like warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies, the best you've ever eaten, and it contrasts with the cold ice cream. They also have a dozen other sundaes, each with a wedge of home made cake.

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