Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Would Anyone Care for Dessert?"


During the holiday season, most diners throw caution to the wind when it comes to money spent, drinks imbibed, and calories consumed.  If there ever is a time to splurge and order dessert, that time is now.

Which got me to thinking: What is the best dessert in the city? Last week I made a strong case for the Peanut Butter Cup Pie at Cochon, with it's rich chocolate ganache and creamy peanut butter mousse. Turns out that dish may have been bested just a few days later, with another grown-up version of a classic kid's favorite.

As Rene put it, the Smores dessert at La Petite Grocery, "Rules my face." This dessert has a graham cracker crust, rich chocolate filling, and a layer of toasted marshmallow on top. The best part is cutting through the Smore with a spoon and then dragging it across the plate to the scoop of slowly melting chocolate ice cream on the opposite side. Absolutely delicious.

I must confess that I do not normally order dessert when I dine, not so much because I don't like dessert but rather because I figure that I should skip the extra calories. But when I do order dessert, 99 times out of 100 the concoction will predominantly feature chocolate. I am not big on fruit desserts.

So which restaurant makes your favorite dessert? Is it a special version of bread pudding, banana cream pie at Emeril's, or the dulce de leche crepes at La Boca?  Willy Wonka, our requisite Sultan of the Sweet Tooth, lays claim that the seasonal blueberry crumble at Herbsaint takes the cake.

What say you?

9 comments:

Moe said...

The Root Beer "Float" at MiLa. Dessertgasm times a thousand.

Leigh C. said...

Still love the white chocolate bread pudding at Commander's - and my husband loved the Chocolate Sheba that came out of Jamie Shannon's kitchen over there, but that dessert hasn't been seen on their menu in a long time.

robert said...

Great photo.

My personal favorite are the fritters at Domenica.

Rene said...

The best dessert I ever remember eating was a peanut butter pie from Emerils on Decemeber 26, 2005. It came with a caramelized marshmallow of some sorts and I think a subscription to Playboy. It was that good that I can barely remember anything more about it.

Bonus, Emeril was expediting on the line that night.

jshushan said...

I'm very fond of the chocolate hazelnut"dessert cookies" at Jackson on Magazine. Up north they're called "Whoopie Pie" It's just excellent chocolate chip cookies with chocolate hazelnut something or other sandwiched in between. Simple, elegant but to die for.

Jonathan

Awren said...

Man, I think the best dessert that I've ever had was at Nobu 57 a few years ago with the family. Then again that might have been the best meal that I've ever had ever. In fact, the meal was so good that I barely remember it.

That brings up a point, actually. I know that you take pictures of your food and such, but do you find that some absolutely stellar meals are hard to recall? It's happened to me a handful of times now. Maybe it's Alzheimer's of Food. But then again I'm 18. Hmmmm...

Next point: Do you find yourself consistently ordering the same type of dessert? I don't mean like always ordering a dessert souffle, but rather flavor combinations. Whenever the dessert menu is passed 'round, I tend to find myself ordering the combinations of rich chocolate/berry as opposed to my cousin and mother who order fruit/creme. And my dad who just orders something and takes large bites of ours. Thoughts?

Good Eater said...

One Restaurant & Lounge has the best flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream in the world. It comes out fresh from the oven.

Thomas said...

If they're selling it, you've got to try the Tiramisu at Domenica. Talk about a swift espresso/kahlua kick to the face. Maybe its so good because I had a little hand in its creation. Who knows...but try it.

Cathy said...

Have to agree, the s'mores tarte at La Petite Grocery is some kind of fine. Also want to pay tribute to the pecan pie at Brigsten's. I usually don't care for pecan pie, but I can see why this one regularly makes it onto the list of foods to eat before you die.