Top Ten Places for Dessert and Coffee
Last week I suggested as a Top Ten Tuesday topic for Sugar Week either places to go for dessert and coffee or bakeries known for their great sweets. As Good Eater John so wisely pointed out, the two lists would probably intersect.
And so they did. I tried to give a range of experiences to try if you're in the dessert-and-coffee mode. Plenty of restaurants with wonderful desserts would probably be happy to serve you if you stopped in just for a sweet treat, but I tried to pick fairly casual places where you know you'll be welcome.
I didn't put this on my list, but I thought it was interesting. When I called the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis to see if they did the dessert thing, the woman I spoke to told me a lot of people she knows go to the Melting Pot for dessert (chocolate fondue with fruit and pound cake for dipping).
Here's my list: ...
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*Bonaparte in Fells Point (903 S. Ann St., Fells Point, 410-342-4000) doesn't have late hours, but the beautiful French pastries and fruit tarts with a cup of good coffee make an excellent afternoon "tea."
*Bonjour in Mount Washington (6070 Falls Road, 410-372-0238) is another fine French patisserie that has decadent desserts, a few tables and coffee -- but, alas, isn't open late enough to qualify as an after-dinner place.
*Cafe de Paris in Columbia offers two possibilities for dessert and coffee. You can stop in the main dining room for housemade desserts like creme brulee and profiteroles, or you can visit the relatively new crepe cafe.
*Cafe Hon in Hampden has homemade pies, homemade hot fudge sauce, homemade bread pudding -- all the comfort desserts you'd expect at this Hampden eatery. And as of right now, you can get eats in the Hon Bar until 1 a.m.
*City Cafe in Mount Vernon has a coffee bar as well as a dining room where they serve coffees from around the world and desserts like strawberry shortcake and cookies that are made in house. (Others are from good bakeries.) A useful post-theater or post-symphony place to know about.
*Desert Cafe in Mount Washington was, in a previous incarnation, called the Dessert Cafe. The name still fits. Sweets like berry tarts, baklava and cheesecake are homemade by the owner/chef, Blake Wollman; and specialty coffee drinks are available.
*Donna's, area locations, has the best of about three worlds: Its own baker for specialties like bread pudding, a large, warm brownie, and chocolate mousse cake; good coffee; and late hours at some locations on the weekends. (Hours vary, so check the Web site.)
*Stone Mill Bakery in Lutherville is busy and pricey, but it's worth it for desserts like Valrhona brownies, mini key lime pies, and almond linzer torte. If the weather is nice, make sure you get a seat on its charming patio.
*Vaccaro's has many locations, but I recommend the one in Little Italy for atmosphere. The Italian pastries -- cannoli, tiramisu and rum cake -- are so well known (and served at so many local restaurants) I don't have to tell you about them.
*XS in Mount Vernon has everything for dessert from warm pecan pie to banana tempura. The edgy breakfast-sushi-dessert restaurant is good to know about after a Meyerhoff or Lyric event. It's open later than most places. (Hours vary.)