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Where are the good fruit desserts?

Market1Some dessert menus skew toward chocolate — a basic flavor pole around which the ancillary flavors of nuts, butterscotch and marshmallow revolve. If there is a fruit dessert, it will likely be something heavier, such as pear-caramel cake, or a chocolate and banana confab.

I find these kinds of desserts easy to pass on after dinner. I love them, but really think such dense sweets taste better in the afternoon with a cup of coffee than following a big meal.

But I am a sucker for fruit-based desserts. When I went to Market Buckhead recently to write up a burger of the week, I couldn’t resist this concoction. It’s a coconut flan with candied kumquats, lime whipped cream and toasted coconut. What an amazing combination of flavors! I particularly loved the way the barely sweetened cream flecked with lime zest added such a sparkly top note.

True, it was pretty rich. I either resisted eating it all or thought about resisting it all, but this was one of the better desserts I’ve encountered in a long time.

Where are some other great fruit desserts to try around town?

11 comments Add your comment

Vivian Fonger

April 26th, 2010
1:54 pm

Alons – they have the best desert and fruit desert.


April 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

At Taste of Marietta a Brazilian place called Minas Emporium had a sensational passion fruit mousse. It won Most Unque Taste.
Website says they have a store and cafe on Delk Rd. and on Roswell Rd. in Sandy Springs.

JIMBOB (aka James Robert)

April 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

Do jelly donuts count?

Banana with nutella on it is pretty good. Cheap too!

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Chicken lover

April 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

The banana pudding at HAVEN is great!


April 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

Try the Mango Pavlova at JOEL – very light and delicately delicious and I know back in the fall H&F had an apple empanda of sorts that was fantastic, though not exactly light.

Sean M

April 26th, 2010
3:10 pm

I had a strawberry fool at Cakes and Ale that was pretty nice a few weeks back…

Roswell Gal

April 26th, 2010
3:26 pm

Fried peach pie with vanilla ice cream at Relish in Roswell. (Their pear and almond tart is also yummy!) Yet one more reason you need to get there, John! : )


April 26th, 2010
7:50 pm

I’m not a real big dessert person (which folks who have actually seen how fat I am will find hard to believe lol) but I like the Fogo de Chão Signature Papaya Cream. I don’t know though if it really classifies as a dessert like you are talking about John.

Fogo tasted much better until their meals got over 50 bucks lol, but that dessert….. shake? is simply awesome. I need to go there and belly up to the bar just to get one of those now that I think about it………..


April 27th, 2010
3:07 pm

Try the fresh strawberry shortcake at The Taste of Dixie. An old classic with a subtle twist. Everyone who tries it has raved about it, and they’re right. It’s sinfully delicious.


April 29th, 2010
3:45 pm

I second ATLFoodie’s mango pavlova at Joel recommendation. It popped into my head the minute I read the title of this entry. One of the best desserts ever. And I don’t even usually go for dessert.

Try it.