Our Five Faves

Best Desserts

Posted December 5, 2011
Updated January 13, 2012

I am a huge fan of dessert! But to stay healthy, I try only indulge once a week. So, I am constantly on the lookout for the best places to treat my sweet tooth. 

Here are my five favorite restaurant desserts in no particular order: 

The Pit (Raleigh) - I can't eat here without getting their banana pudding. Even if I am full, I get it to go. It is that good. Vanilla pudding layered with bananas, wafers and marshmallow fluff topped with meringue = joy in your mouth.  

Angus Barn (Raleigh)- Their chocolate chess pie, topped with vanilla Häagen-Dazs ice cream, has gotten recognition from the LA Times. It melts in your mouth. With your bill, they do give you the recipe, but it never seems to come out the same when you make it at home. 

Shuckers Grill & Oyster Bar (Wake Forest) - If you are looking for the ultimate chocolate brownie dessert, you need to check out Shuckers. Their Double Chocolate Brownie is made with buttershots liqueur, topped with vanilla ice cream, warm cinnamon sauce and candied pecans.

518 West (Raleigh) - This Italian restaurant boasts several great desserts, but it makes the list for its Fresh Banana Brioche Pudding (carmelized bananas baked between custard soaked layers of brioche and topped with cinnamon ice cream, toasted walnuts and caramel sauce) and its Tiramisu.

Cafe Capistrano (Raleigh) - This restaurant boasts a sweet delight for dessert - Mexican Wedding Cake. The moist, white cake is soaked in sweetened creams, topped with real whipped cream and drizzled with raspberry sauce.

Honorable mentions: Winston's (Raleigh) for its homemade ice cream and chocolate souffle, Battistella's (Raleigh) for its bread pudding, Andy's Burgers, Shakes fries (Raleigh, various locations) for its amazing frozen custard, Piebird (Raleigh) for basically all of its pies and Twisted Fork (Raleigh) for its Whoopie Pies.

I will definitely be breaking these into Five Fave categories in the coming weeks - pies, cakes, chocolate, ice cream, etc. 

I couldn't possibly name every place I love. So, what places and desserts did I miss? Tell me in the comments section below. 


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  • itsmebaby Dec 16, 2011

    I heard the desserts at Namoli's in Apex were excellent, but I have yet to try. Has anyone else tried?

  • itsmebaby Dec 16, 2011

    Green tea ice cream at Genki in Apex. Yum!

  • Frizz Dec 7, 2011

    St. Jacques makes a Chocolate Bomba served in a pool of Creme Englaise with just a hint of Grand Marnier in it.

    It's better than sex!

  • PRGuy Dec 7, 2011

    Just had the Angus Barn's chocolate chess pie on Monday. I've also made it at home and haven't achieved the same result. Maybe it's the quality of ingredients or warm freshness of the pie when you eat it at the Barn.

  • kwiddersmith Dec 7, 2011

    Can't go wrong with anything on the dessert menu at Daniels Pizza Pasta on Hwy 55 in Apex/Cary...

  • no taco p Dec 7, 2011

    Asuka Resturant in Wake Forest. Fried ice cream with a chocolate candy center. It has a tempura like crust that goes great with the vanilla ice cream.

  • Khanrahan Dec 6, 2011

    Ya'll are making me hungry! Keep 'em coming! I am getting ideas for our future five faves!

  • cheldouglass Dec 6, 2011

    Ever try the Bailey's Irish creme mousse from Tir-na-nog? It is wonderful.

  • Zelda Dec 5, 2011

    Anything from Guglhupf in Durham.

  • ruckuscary Dec 5, 2011

    Ruckus Pizza Pasta & Spirits Key Lime Pie, hands down the best you have ever had..http://www.carymagazine.com/restaurant-row/exclusive-dish-tuckers-key-lime-pie