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any recs for dessert in South Beach after dinner?

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

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: dlgc809

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

      2. re: tpigeon

        Forgot Yardbird -particularly the beignets

      3. 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

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

        2. 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: tpigeon

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

              1. re: Blind Mind

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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

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

                          I would much rather walk lincoln than collins.

                          1. re: tpigeon

                            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

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

                              1. re: tpigeon

                                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

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

                                  1. re: tpigeon

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

                              2. re: mattstolz

                                people watching on Lincoln > people watching on Ocean

                                1. re: Blind Mind

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

                                  1. re: smilingal

                                    Both lincoln rd and ocean drive are in south beach.

                                    1. re: tpigeon

                                      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

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

                                        1. re: taiga

                                          ocean drive in your opinion is better than Lincoln rd?

                                          1. re: smilingal

                                            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

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

                      1. 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.