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Valentine's To-Go Dessert
updated: Feb 13, 2013, 12:57 PM

I'm making a romantic homemade Valentine's Day dinner but I won't have enough time to make dessert. Which downtown restaurant provides a to-go dessert that I can pick up early Thursday evening? I called Palace Grill about their souffle but they won't be able to do it.


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 COMMENT 374050 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:12 PM

Not sure about restaurants (and looking forward to reading others comments!), but you could always pick something up from a bakery or Whole Foods (their desserts always look yummy) or some place like that. Did you want something specific, like a souffle, or just any fancy/decadent/special dessert?

 

 COMMENT 374055P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:16 PM

Baskin Robins, Trader Joes frozen section has some great desserts, Jeanine's, Gelsons, Whole Foods

 

 ECHO agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:28 PM

The bakery counter at Gelsons has yummy dessert! There is also Crushcakes, they have yummy cupcakes! Or, if you don't have time to make something fancy, maybe get ice cream and fixings to make sundaes at home!

 

 COMMENT 374060 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:30 PM

Xanadu in Montecito - they have the most beautiful and delicious deserts!

 

 COMMENT 374061 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:30 PM

Rori's ice cream!

 

 COMMENT 374064 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:34 PM

fresco 5 points has some good options

 

 COMMENT 374065 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:35 PM

I've called my favorite restaurant and asked for deserts to go before and they've all been happy to accommodate. Valentine's might be tough for this though because many only offer limited, special menus.

If you have time you can always make something. Little chocolate lava cakes are actually easy to make, but a bit messy. So yummy though!!

 

 COMMENT 374066P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:38 PM

How about Trader Joe's?

 

 COMMENT 374068 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:41 PM

Andersons Bakery is by far the best in the area. A slice of the double chocolate cake is divine.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:45 PM

Run, don't walk to Paradise Cafe and get thee some slices of Paradise Pie....

I've ordered a whole pie/cake from them before...the best!

 

 COMMENT 374070 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:46 PM

Whole Foods, Sojourner Restaurant, Fresco....all good choices!

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:46 PM

The coconut cake from Montecito Cafe might be a close second....

 

 GREG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:53 PM

Coconut cake from Montecito Cafe or its sister restaurant Jane - terrific, light, not cloyingly sweet, creamy - unusually good.

 

 COMMENT 374079P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:56 PM

Crushcakes makes all kinds of custom creations

 

 COMMENT 374083 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 02:00 PM

Hate to highjack this but, I was wondering the same thing except in the Goleta area. Does anyone know of any good bakeries or restaurants out my way?

 

 COMMENT 374087 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 02:17 PM

Simply Pies in Goleta
Trader Joes on Calle Real
I like CostCo desserts but I know not everyone on here agrees.
Ralphs on Hollister in Magnolia center has nice desserts.

 

 COMMENT 374089 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 02:19 PM

Lazy acres has some delicious treats. The strawberry short cake is wonderful!

 

 COMMENT 374090 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 02:24 PM

Andersen's on State.

 

 COMMENT 374092 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 02:33 PM

Ana's Bakery in Camino Real Mktplace

 

 COMMENT 374093 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 02:35 PM

I'm getting my dessert at Simply Pies!! Yum!

 

 COMMENT 374096 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 02:39 PM

Chocolate dipped strawberries. Whole Foods has them or if you are at all handy in the kitchen, make your own. Dip in dark chocolate (Whole Foods has bulk for melting by their cheese dept) and drizzle with white chocolate.

That would be my choice for Valentine's day desert. Supplement iit with some petite fours or other small treats.

 

 COMMENT 374106 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 03:19 PM

Andersen's Danish Bakery & Restaurant on State st. near Figueroa.

Oh no, now I'm going to have to there. No bakery in town matches Andersen's for European quality confection perfection. Look at the website and you can see for yourself.

 

 COMMENT 374119P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 04:00 PM

Via Maestra adjacent to the Post Office in San Roque for the Tiramisu!

 

 COMMENT 374147 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 05:43 PM

Here are my 3 favorite "I'd go to war to defend my right to eat" desserts in town:

1. Louie's on Sola/De La Vina. Peanut Butter Pie. Don't know when they open for dinner. Call first.

2. Lazy Acres/Mesa: Whiteout Cake

3. Stella Mare's/Bird Refuge: Lemon Cake. Call first to make sure they still make it. It's been awhile since I've been there. (This is the most sophisticated/romantic one on my list, btw)

 

 COMMENT 374150P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 05:58 PM

Just bought a "Karat" cake from Trader Joe's today and it was better than expected - light, not too sweet, reasonably priced. Simply Pies may be pretty good, just out of my price range. Lemon bars at Lazy Acres good.

 

 COMMENT 374154 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 06:08 PM

Anderson's Bakery has amazing desserts unlike Trader Joe's.

 

 COMMENT 374162 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 06:37 PM

Andersen's is set up to help you with to-go desserts - they have everything - I just got some apple strudel, meringues and a marzipan heart. Their service is a little hit and miss but their desserts are lovely. Enjoy.

 

 COMMENT 374172P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 07:25 PM

Very fond memories of Brigitte's /Opal's nut (hazelnut? walnut?) and chocolate confection... Opal is good but Brigitte's was better -- oh their bread! Got a nut chocolate tart or whatever it's properly called for Tuirkey Day years ago. Sorry, just reminiscing.

I too would to to Anderson's or Fresco. Possibly Reynaud's, but I don't want to start that battle again. :-)

 

 COMMENT 374194 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 08:45 PM

Fresco 5 Points. We go there and let each family member pick a dessert to bring home on special occasions. I like baking, but I don't make Tiramisu and my daughter loves their Tiramisu, and I like having other people bake for me sometimes.

 

 COMMENT 374209P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 10:16 PM

Key Lime Pie from Palace!!

 

 COMMENT 374220P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 11:11 PM

Fresco desserts are excellent and the prices are reasonable.

 

 COMMENT 374227P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 03:30 AM

Nothing beats See's Candies.

 

 COMMENT 374232P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 06:11 AM

Charlottes had the best Napoleans.

 

 COMMENT 374233P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 06:36 AM

Renaud's! Renaud's! Renaud's! Nothing BEATS RENAUD'S!!!!!

 

 COMMENT 374237P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 07:01 AM

Sojourner Cafe on Canon Perdido

 

 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 07:39 AM

Jeannine's downtown has a delicious mousse cake. Can't remember the name but they sell slices for$5. Heavenly! That might even be the name.

 

 COMMENT 374259 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 08:09 AM

I know Rori's Ice cream is my pick for my Valentine!! The Milk Chocolate chunk is my fave!!!

 

 COMMENT 374266 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 08:54 AM

Andersen's! Andersen's! Andersen's!

Also, Jessica Foster truffles, sold at Whole Foods and Lazy Acres, are the best truffles in the world. I don't think your honey would have any complaints if you brought them a box of those.

 

 COMMENT 374296 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 09:52 AM

Gelson's has yummy chocolate dipped strawberries AND desserts from Renaud's - either way you can't go wrong - or go directly to Renaud's - real French pastry.

 

 COMMENT 374297 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 09:57 AM

You can't go wrong with Reynaud's! They also sell their baked goods at nearby Gelson's.

 

 BILLY BOB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 10:02 AM

I go with Sojourner's. They have the best desserts I have had in this city.

 

 COMMENT 374331 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 10:49 AM

If you're considering chocolates, try out Chocolats du Cali Bressan (in Carp & on State in La Arcada). The salted caramel buddas are my fav, but the french kisses are divine, too, and perfect for VDay.

 

 COMMENT 374348 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 11:45 AM

tiramisu from trader joes!

 

 COMMENT 374391P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 01:25 PM

Chocolate mousse.

Completes me.

(rare beef or lamb, or seafood, is good too)

But that's just me.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 05:06 PM

For Goleta resident, Trader Joe's on Calle Real has a wonderful frozenchocolate /chocolate cake. Just thaw it out and slice it - deliciously decadent.

 

 

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