Elizabeth Large's top 10

Taste

December 09, 2009

I was thinking recently about how expensive desserts are these days, often out of proportion to the rest of the meal. Sad to say, $8 is pretty much the norm in nice restaurants.

Anyway, I thought I would do a Top 10 Tuesday of expensive desserts that are worth the cost. Of course, there are plenty of fine local restaurants that might have even better desserts than these, but I haven't been to them lately. For those, I had to rely on readers of my blog at baltimoresun.com/diningatlarge to tell me.

Here's my list in alphabetical order:

The pretty tiramisu with a demitasse cup of bittersweet homemade hot chocolate sauce at Alizee near the Johns Hopkins University.

The chocolate-studded bread pudding with black pepper ice cream at B&O American Brasserie downtown.

A warm chocolate pudding/souffle that comes with vanilla gelato at Bistro Blanc in Glenelg.

The chocolate silk pie with a chocolate cookie crumb crust. It's so dense the softly whipped cream actually cuts the richness. At Blue Hill Tavern in Brewers Hill.

The "strawberry shortcake" at Marie Louise Bistro in Mount Vernon. A fabulous combination of spongecake, cream and fruit with fondant on top.

A simple but delicious tres leche cake at Pairings Bistro in Bel Air.

The bread pudding, warm, moist and bourbon-scented, at the Prime Rib downtown.

One of the best Key lime pies I've had with the texture of a chiffon pie at Real Seafood Co. in Annapolis.

Busby's Orange Cake, actually two small sponge cakes, or babas, soaked in orange syrup rather than rum at Restaurant Sabor in Lutherville.

A "banana split," at Volt in Frederick, with a ribbon of banana and white chocolate ganache and three little ovals of house-made ice cream.

Readers talk back
The best restaurant dessert I've had this year was the coconut cake at Clementine's.

Posted by: Leonora

The Belgian Chocolate Pots de Creme from Peter's ... was decadent.

Posted by: Odie B

I'm surprised nothing from Ze Mean Bean made this Top Ten. They have some of the best desserts hands down! ... I believe all desserts are made in-house.

Posted by: BaltBabs

My favorite restaurant dessert ... the vanilla panna cotta with salted caramel at Cinghiale - their pastry chef is a genius!

Posted by: boogadog

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