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What Is Your Favorite Restaurant Dessert?

Post #1  Postby John Liotta » April 8th 2010, 12:21pm

I am not a big dessert person. In fact I am not a big fan of sweets in general. I get my sugar from things like sweet tea. However, occasionally I feel like getting dessert when I go out to a nice meal. My choices are almost always the same. If there is something involving apple or pear that is probably first. Next is probably something like creme brulee. After that maybe some other fruit concoction (minus banana or coconut which I abhor). And after that, much farther down on the list are things like chocolate, peanut butter, etc. (unless I have had the place's dessert and it rocks).

Long story short . . . what do you guys like? Why?

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Post #2  Postby Tyler Rico » April 8th 2010, 12:26pm

My go to is usually creme brulee with a selection of fresh berries, pots de creme or an assortment of cheeses. I most always finish with a bottle of sauternes so these selections work well for my tastes.
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Post #3  Postby Robert.Fleming » April 8th 2010, 12:40pm

Seldom order dessert - unless there's bread pudding or panna cotta on the menu, both of which which I find nigh impossible to resist. Also a bit of a sucker for the unusual-to-bizarre, like the (Japanese fermented) red bean (paste) ice cream at Repast or the black (Forbidden) rice pudding at Shaun's.
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Post #4  Postby John Liotta » April 8th 2010, 12:53pm

I'm with you on the dessert at Repast Bob. MF has some excellent desserts as well. Lisa is a very gifted pastry chef. I really love the black sesame/green tea ice cream parfait thingie she does.
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Post #5  Postby Brian G r a f s t r o m » April 8th 2010, 12:57pm

creme brulee
panna cotta

If neither of those are on the dessert menu I find it very easy to pass on dessert (I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but do have an insatiable salt tooth). If either of those are on the dessert menu, it's virtually impossible for me to pass. I like that both of these options aren’t heavy, and I am a sucker for vanilla.

Or I’ll go with a cheese plate.
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Post #6  Postby Jorge Henriquez » April 8th 2010, 12:58pm

Cheese plate! If there's a fig involved (or a medjool date) that's a bonus.
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Post #7  Postby Bob Hughes » April 8th 2010, 6:17pm

I'll join the crowd and also nominate a well-done cheese plate. Some restaurants really get into putting together nice selections of cheeses, whether from local farms & dairys or imported, and I almost always like to finish a meal like that.
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Post #8  Postby Glenn L e v i n e » April 8th 2010, 6:29pm

Big sweet tooth here but not a chocolate fan. Baked Alaska or Bananas Foster or Pineapple Upsidedown Cake or Bread Pudding or well-made Souffle will all get my attention.
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Post #9  Postby Joe_Perry » April 8th 2010, 8:09pm

My wife usually goes for the triple-chocolate-lava-molten-eruption-thingie.

I go one of two ways. If there is a house pastry chef, I'll order the things I can't create: Mille-feuille, Tiramisu, Strudel, etc.

If there isn't a pro on board, I pick the cheese plate.
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Post #10  Postby M. Dildine » April 8th 2010, 8:34pm

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Big sweet tooth here but not a chocolate fan. Baked Alaska or Bananas Foster or Pineapple Upsidedown Cake or Bread Pudding or well-made Souffle will all get my attention.


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Post #11  Postby Josh Beck » April 8th 2010, 10:28pm

Best desert I've had in a good while are some hazelnut meringue cookie jobbers with burnt caramel and seasalt gelatto enjoyed with Madeira or Vin Santo.

Regularly on the menu at Perbacco. If it sounds at all good to you, do yourself a favor and try it. Two people can split it it, not too big, and damn, it's that f*ck good.
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Post #12  Postby Mark Hubbard » April 8th 2010, 10:57pm

1) Creme Brulee
2) Creamy (not dry) Cheesecake (just plain - no funky flavors or swirls or toppings!)
3) Grand Marnier Souffle
4) if the above aren't on the menu, a dish of vanilla ice cream will do just fine, thank you!

All of the above go well with Sauternes, Muscats or Tokay, which I most often finish a meal with.

If I'm having a vintage port at the end of the meal, nothing beats rich chocolate truffles!
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Post #13  Postby Veronica Castro » April 8th 2010, 11:28pm

It used to be stuff like Chocolate Souflee, or crepes w nutella and strawberries. But then last year I had really good flan, and now that has become my favorite... And before I used to despise flan. It was life-changing flan! Go figure.

Also, am a fan of specialty ice creams. There's a restaurant that makes their own Caramel/ Fleur de Sel ice cream, and another that makes Spearmint Ice Cream with Vanilla bean. Pretty awesome.
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Post #14  Postby C Fu » April 9th 2010, 12:26am

Robert.Fleming wrote:Seldom order dessert - unless there's bread pudding or panna cotta on the menu, both of which which I find nigh impossible to resist. Also a bit of a sucker for the unusual-to-bizarre, like the (Japanese fermented) red bean (paste) ice cream at Repast or the black (Forbidden) rice pudding at Shaun's.


do you enjoy it more because it is forbidden
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Post #15  Postby Robert.Fleming » April 9th 2010, 5:16am

Charlie Fu wrote:do you enjoy it more because it is forbidden
Don't know. Might be just as good, even better, if made with purple sticky rice or Himalayan red rice.

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Post #16  Postby Dick Krueger » April 9th 2010, 9:36am

A cheese platter with Sauternes or Port.

Occasionally a rich chocolate or fruit dessert.

It really depends a lot on the restaurant.
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Post #17  Postby Lisa Lovullo » April 9th 2010, 10:35am

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:creme brulee, panna cotta... or I’ll go with a cheese plate.


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Post #18  Postby davetong » April 9th 2010, 11:44am

Whatever they have that goes with Sauternes.
Creme Brulee and cheese are usually my go-tos too.
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Post #19  Postby Anthony Agrella » April 9th 2010, 11:59am

I don't have a sweet tooth and almost never order dessert. That being said, there are two that stick out:

A mango creme brulee we had at The Beach House in Kauai while sipping on a '95 Yquem, and the truffled popcorn at The Kitchen in Sacramento.
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Post #20  Postby John Liotta » April 9th 2010, 12:00pm

I am not a Sauturnes guy. I would rather have Port or a dessert wine from somewhere like Austria or Germany. And any of those in lieu of dessert honestly.
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Post #21  Postby Glenn L e v i n e » April 9th 2010, 12:11pm

And I detest port. At least we can eat Ham & Cheese together though!
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Post #22  Postby Bob Wood » April 9th 2010, 12:46pm

I rarely order creme brulee in restaurants because they almost always f*ck it up - usually by caramelizing the sugar in advance and letting it get soggy. I make my own because it's easy.

I'll generally get whatever looks creative if they have a real pastry chef, which is how I ended up with the lemon gelato and custard "pillows" at Al Forno in Providence. Still the best dessert I've ever eaten out.

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Post #24  Postby Steve Saxon » April 9th 2010, 1:54pm

1. creme brulee
2. NY cheese cake
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Post #25  Postby gene keenan » April 9th 2010, 7:12pm

Brown Butter Banana Tart from Herbsaint in NOLA

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caveat: I don't even like dessert/sweet things but this dessert makes me swoon. Tres Leches too.
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Post #26  Postby Bob Summers » April 10th 2010, 7:35am

Thai dessert: Mango, warm sticky rice, and coconut ice cream.

I like a lavender creme brulee too.
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Post #27  Postby Chris White » April 10th 2010, 10:50am

Banana's Foster! Made tableside and flaming. Tooo good. flirtysmile
Creme brulee.
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Post #28  Postby M. Dildine » April 10th 2010, 8:20pm

Bob Wood wrote:I rarely order creme brulee in restaurants because they almost always f*ck it up - usually by caramelizing the sugar in advance and letting it get soggy. I make my own because it's easy.


My initiation of creme brulee was in Paris (the one in France). I must admit I haven't tasted its equal yet.
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Post #29  Postby Glenn L e v i n e » April 10th 2010, 8:32pm

gene keenan wrote:Brown Butter Banana Tart from Herbsaint in NOLA

recipe here:
http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/579350 ... utter-Tart

caveat: I don't even like dessert/sweet things but this dessert makes me swoon. Tres Leches too.


I have had this, tremendous use of sugar for sure.
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Post #30  Postby C. Bowman » April 10th 2010, 8:38pm

We used to have an Italian restaurant in Yountville that made the best Tiramisu, I haven't found one I like as well. Other than that, a warm bread pudding w/warm caramel sauce and a little Crème anglaise, just a bit underneath, also a good chocolate dessert but really depends on the restaurant.
Sometimes I will ask for a small chunk of chocolate & some raspberries to have w/my port.
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Post #31  Postby Mark Hubbard » April 11th 2010, 1:16pm

C. Bowman wrote:We used to have an Italian restaurant in Yountville that made the best Tiramisu, I haven't found one I like as well. Other than that, a warm bread pudding w/warm caramel sauce and a little Crème anglaise, just a bit underneath, also a good chocolate dessert but really depends on the restaurant.
Sometimes I will ask for a small chunk of chocolate & some raspberries to have w/my port.


Carrie, the next time you're in SoCal, let me know and I'll direct you to a place with outstanding Tiramisu!
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Post #32  Postby C. Bowman » April 11th 2010, 1:26pm

Mark Hubbard wrote:
C. Bowman wrote:We used to have an Italian restaurant in Yountville that made the best Tiramisu, I haven't found one I like as well. Other than that, a warm bread pudding w/warm caramel sauce and a little Crème anglaise, just a bit underneath, also a good chocolate dessert but really depends on the restaurant.
Sometimes I will ask for a small chunk of chocolate & some raspberries to have w/my port.


Carrie, the next time you're in SoCal, let me know and I'll direct you to a place with outstanding Tiramisu!

direct me? If I'm there you better plan on being there too so I can bash you in person about your baseball team neener
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Post #33  Postby Mark Hubbard » April 11th 2010, 1:32pm

C. Bowman wrote:
Mark Hubbard wrote:
C. Bowman wrote:We used to have an Italian restaurant in Yountville that made the best Tiramisu, I haven't found one I like as well. Other than that, a warm bread pudding w/warm caramel sauce and a little Crème anglaise, just a bit underneath, also a good chocolate dessert but really depends on the restaurant.
Sometimes I will ask for a small chunk of chocolate & some raspberries to have w/my port.


Carrie, the next time you're in SoCal, let me know and I'll direct you to a place with outstanding Tiramisu!

direct me? If I'm there you better plan on being there too so I can bash you in person about your baseball team neener


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Post #34  Postby C. Grimm » April 11th 2010, 1:34pm

Depends on the restaurant, but I tend to like citrus-y desserts.
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Post #35  Postby Poppy Davis » April 11th 2010, 3:02pm

All over desserts that are hot & cold (i.e. molten lava cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream). Also into anything creamy like puddings and mousses. The chocolate souffle at Press in Napa is really, really good.
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