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What are the must-have desserts in the Seattle area?

BennyShoga Aug 7, 2012 03:47 PM

Yes, we're skipping supper so that the stomach has room for sweets. What would you recommend as the must-have desserts in the Seattle area? I want my "just desserts"!

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    PAO RE: BennyShoga Aug 7, 2012 03:54 PM

    The El Diablo at Tango. The lemon sour cream pie at B&O. Some rave about Tom Douglas' triple coconut cream pie.

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      akq RE: PAO Aug 7, 2012 06:12 PM

      TD's coconut cream pie is good, but the one at Seastar is better, imo.

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      Jeri L RE: BennyShoga Aug 7, 2012 03:57 PM

      El Diablo at Tango, the Lunar Orbiter at Sky City @ the Space Needle (for its historic and novelty value only),Bananas Dulce at Cactus.

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        sweetpotater RE: Jeri L Jun 12, 2014 04:02 AM

        We had the Lunar Orbiter today. It was ... ice cream.

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          Jeri L RE: sweetpotater Jun 15, 2014 02:40 PM

          See "for historic and novelty value only"...it's ice cream that comes in a cloud of dry ice fog!

      2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: BennyShoga Aug 7, 2012 04:17 PM

        Maybe not a dessert, but the frosted cake donuts at Top Pot are the best on the planet!


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          Jeffo405 RE: BennyShoga Aug 7, 2012 05:37 PM

          The fresh, hot beignets with salted caramel and Macallan 12 butterscotch at RN74 get my vote. As does the butterscotch budino at the Pink Door.

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            akq RE: Jeffo405 Aug 7, 2012 06:11 PM

            LOVE those beignets.

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              Booklegger451 RE: Jeffo405 Aug 8, 2012 05:01 PM

              The what, at the where-now? Excuse me, but I need to go find my car keys. That sounds incredible.

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              akq RE: BennyShoga Aug 7, 2012 06:14 PM

              Being an ice cream fan, my #1 would be a ferry ride over to Bainbridge for ice cream at Mora. YUM.

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                christy319 RE: BennyShoga Aug 8, 2012 02:07 PM

                The dessert thali at Poppy. I am not a sweets person and rarely order dessert, but I always get it at Poppy.

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                  cburnsi RE: BennyShoga Aug 8, 2012 05:17 PM

                  I second the vote for Mora and I love the boozy shakes at Hot Cakes on Ballard Ave.

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                    BennyShoga RE: BennyShoga Aug 10, 2012 06:47 AM

                    Thanks for the suggestions so far. But no fruit pies other than lemon? Rich or gooey chocolate desserts?

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                      PAO RE: BennyShoga Aug 10, 2012 09:48 AM

                      El Diablo is a rich somewhat gooey chocolate dessert. Very intense. There is a pie place called ala Mode near the zoo. http://alamodeseattle.com/ I'd rather make my own quite frankly, but given the number of people who don't bake pies, it's a nice alternative. Simply Desserts in Fremont has a serviceable berry pie. Fran's chocolates are superb.

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                        knowspicker RE: PAO Aug 10, 2012 10:21 AM

                        Moelleux au Chocolate at Ponti Seafood grill is one fo my favorite rich and gooey chocolate desserts. They also have a trio of custards which really good.

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                          PAO RE: PAO Aug 10, 2012 10:45 AM

                          Here is the El Diablo. http://www.seattlemet.com/eat-and-dri...

                          We ALWAYS share an order when we go to Tango.

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                            BennyShoga RE: PAO Aug 10, 2012 11:10 AM

                            Thanks, PAO. Actually, I've had the El Diablo...was just looking for other chocolate treats. I appreciate all of your suggestions!

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                          bighound RE: BennyShoga Aug 14, 2012 11:08 AM

                          try shoo fly pie company or sugar rush baking company both in west seattle

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                          Lauren RE: BennyShoga Aug 13, 2012 09:38 AM

                          My favs are at Boat Street; the bread pudding and the pot de creme.

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                            equinoise RE: BennyShoga Aug 14, 2012 02:54 PM

                            Strong seconds for the beignets from RN74 and the dessert thali from Poppy. The pastry chef at Canlis was the only SEA candidate for Food & Wines's top new pastry chef title, so I assume Canlis can turn out something formidable. Probably Joule or Revel will have something seasonal and good as one of the principals there has deep training. Also, not in a restaurant, but the triple chocolate cupcake from Trophy is serious.

                            1. kaleokahu RE: BennyShoga Jun 10, 2014 08:33 PM


                              Anyone have anything new add for exquisite dessert preps?


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                                EatFoodGetMoney RE: kaleokahu Jun 10, 2014 09:43 PM

                                I thought the eton mess at Whale Wins was really great.

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                                  gumption RE: kaleokahu Jun 11, 2014 10:19 AM

                                  I'm a sucker for Gâteau Basque. Sitka & Spruce serves it often, and I've seen it at Westward also.

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                                    Lauren RE: gumption Jun 11, 2014 10:41 AM

                                    Hiroki in Tangletown usually has Gâteau Basque. It's very good there.

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                                    Lauren RE: kaleokahu Jun 11, 2014 10:39 AM

                                    I'm not a big dessert fan but I've had two lately that I can't stop thinking about. One was a pastry at Aragona. It's crescent shaped, filled with cream, and dusted with truffle salt. The other is the S'more at Rock Creek. It's served in a pot, with a graham cracker bottom, then chocolate cream and caramel, topped with torched marshmallow.

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                                    mrnelso RE: BennyShoga Jun 10, 2014 10:26 PM

                                    Irwin's on N 40th or 65/Latona cooks! Bakes even. Seasonal fruit pies with yards of sweet flaky golden crust. A'la mode is gilding the lily - black coffee does it. Plan to take your sweet time and get to know the place. Blueberry muffin and any scone are Class-A.
                                    Not exactly dessert, but caramelized Hush Puppies at Rainin' Ribs do crown the meal sweetly.
                                    Ice cream is everywhere. Last evening it was lemon-marshmallow at Full Tilt.
                                    Sticky-rice of the day at Kedai Makan.
                                    Sương sa dừa trái ~ Coconut/lime gelatin served on the shell at Tamarind Tree.
                                    A box from Cafe Besalu will make you legend at the brunch, and, oh yes, twice-baked almond croissants from Bakery Nouveau will put you in a coma any time of day.

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                                      Lauren RE: mrnelso Jun 11, 2014 10:34 AM

                                      I think the Irwin's on 65th and Latona is gone. Replaced by Dish if I remember correctly.

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                                        mrnelso RE: Lauren Jun 12, 2014 03:30 PM


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                                      bourbongal RE: BennyShoga Jun 11, 2014 08:20 PM

                                      I think the bourbon caramel semifreddo at Altura is among the best desserts I have ever had. I would go back there just for that.

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                                        venice4504 RE: BennyShoga Jun 14, 2014 10:50 AM

                                        I like the Panna Cotta at the Fremont Via Tribunali. It's consistently good.

                                        1. babette feasts RE: BennyShoga Jun 14, 2014 12:12 PM

                                          Restaurant Zoe has always put more effort than most restaurants into their dessert program, usually with delicious results. They just got a new pastry chef, who has worked at Grammercy Tavern in NYC. Should continue to be good.

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                                            creepygirl RE: BennyShoga Jun 15, 2014 02:25 PM

                                            Thirding the love for Mora. The dulce de leche with shaved chocolate is amazing.

                                            I'm a big fan of the whiskey chocolate cake at Hot Cakes.

                                            I've also really enjoyed some of the desserts at Parchment, a bimonthly pop-up bakery at Brimmer & Heeltap. The items seem to change each time so I'm reluctant to recommend anything specific, since it may not be there the next time, but she does a great job using some unusual ingredients to enhance the dessert (like miso chocolate cupcakes).

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