OK, we’ve got a soft spot for sweets, we won’t deny it. So we’ve searched Foursquare far and wide to find the best fixes for what you crave. (Your dentist can thank us later…)!
Some say cupcakes are a dessert fad, but they’ve been going strong since your Kindergarten days. Taste why Molly’s won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” last year: Feel like a kid again with a raw cookie dough centered Cookee Monster and take a seat on a swing at the counter, or a bit more grown up (but a bit whimsical) with a peanut butter filled Ron Bennington or cake batter flavor, washed down with Intelligentsia coffee (they’re our pick for a Chi-town caffeine fix).
Bonus: Vegan cupcakes, too!
9. Capogiro – Philadelphia
You’ll never look at ice cream the same way after you’ve sampled their inspired flavors like Thai coconut milk, Nutella banana or sea salt gelato on brioche. Try their warm pastries or go dairy free and Romanesque with their sorbettos like Mojito or fresh lemon spiked with Italian Limoncello.
8. Lola – Seattle
This “Greek spirited” vision by Iron Chef winner Tom Douglas offers something to satisfy any craving. Made to order donuts please any time of day. Other favorites are apple streussel with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce, a “decadent and delish” chocolate cream pot with toffee, and the “best coconut cream pie we’ve ever had…flaky crust, coconutty texture, just creamy deliciousness! Ridiculously good.”
7. Highland Bakery – Atlanta
Some say the perfect afternoon pick-me-up is an “iced espresso with a chocolate éclair”, but others go for the pink mimosa cupcake, and the red velvet cupcakes stand up to the most discerning sweet tooth. No matter: you’re at “the best place to ‘carb out’ in Atlanta”.
6. Alcove Café & Bakery – Los Angeles
Alcove Café has one of the nicest outdoor patios in LA, and a magical ambiance to match their bakery alchemy. People like the peanut butter mousse chocolate tart, huge slices of red velvet cheesecake, princess cake and the pop tart (“flakey, buttery goodness!”) If you experience the rare sighting of banana toffee pie, grab a piece!
Top secret: “Go in the back, sit at the checkers table against the wall. Three little drawers on each side of the table will uncover little secret moments of people’s lives… Amazing!”
5. Mike’s Pastry – Boston
This pastry shop is a must if you’re in the North End. Don’t let the long line deter you – the giant chocolate chip cannoli is “well worth the wait” and the tiramisu is “to die for”. Although it’s “never not crowded”, you’ll find your wait time investment paying off quickly with a bite of a pistachio macaroon or Boston Cream Pie. Patrons also like it as a date spot.
First timer tip: “There are no lines here, just head for an open space at the counter.”
4. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill – Austin
You can well imagine that the portions are “massive” (we’ll spare you the Texas clichés), but you’ll want to save room for “scrumptiously addictive” white chocolate bread pudding with raisins and bourbon sauce, or red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.
3. Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop – San Francisco
We wouldn’t be surprised if a bar of Ghiradelli chocolate would be next to the word “chocolate” in the dictionary – so not surprisingly, people rave about the chocolate, the sea salt caramel hot cocoa and the bottom-up cookie sundae, a heavenly mix of a classic chocolate chip cookie crushed and topped with a few generous scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream and super rich chocolate.
Chocoholics can get their fix every day with free samples in the upper café and in the store leading into the café.
2. Founding Farmers – Washington, DC
Yes indeed, organic and sustainable cuisine can be so sweet! Top picks are beignets that “make you feel like you’re in New Orleans”, with chocolate, caramel, and strawberry dipping sauces, and chocolate mousse. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the strawberry basil sorbet.
1.Momofuku Milk Bar – New York, NY
Key sweets here: Cereal Milk-flavored soft serve ice cream and the Compost Cookie (a standard chocolate chip with potato chips and other unexpected crunchy ingredients. People magazine says it’s a “salty-sweet revelation!”. Their Crack Pie is truly addictive with chunks of pretzels and brownies.