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Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant.
Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant
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Save Room For These 14 Signature Desserts in Los Angeles

Don’t forget to close out the meal with one of these sensational sweets

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Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant
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It’s easy to fill up on savories and pass on the sweet stuff when going out for a meal. And truth be told, that’s usually not a terrible call, because desserts can be an afterthought for some chefs and restaurants. However, the places celebrated on this list devote as much care and creativity to the end of the meal as they do to the start. Here now are 14 sensational desserts worth saving room for in Los Angeles.

Removed: Cake of the Month at The Arthur J, Souffle at Tesse, Butterscotch Budino at Pizzeria Mozza, Strawberry Parfait at Here’s Looking At You, Milk & Honey at NoMad Los Angeles, Coconut Mousse at Nightshade, St. Honoré at Bon Temps, Kakigori at Majordomo

Added: Tarte Tatin at Perle, Chocolate Souffle at Pasjoli, Apple Pain Perdu at Bar Restaurant, Hazelnut Dacquoise at Merois, Hibiscus Meringue at Damian

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant

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43 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 460-8819
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It’s imperative to save room for Perle’s apple tarte tatin. The warm-from-the-oven tart boasts caramelized pastry edges, plenty of tender apples, and a tangy cinnamon-labneh cream that mellows out all that sweetness.

Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant.
Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant
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2. Hakka Mochi at Joy

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5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 999-7642
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With noodles, rice bowls, and thousand-layer pancakes to be had, it’s no wonder that most folks stumble out of Joy properly stuffed and likely without dessert. But hold back a little on the savories because the hakka mochi is worth saving room for. Served alongside mugs of warm tea, the mound of mochi arrive dusted in peanut and black sesame powders.

Hakka Mochi at Joy
Hakka Mochi at Joy
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3. Apple Pain Perdu at Bar Restaurant

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4326 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 347-5557
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Chef Doug Rankin serves breakfast for dessert at Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake. A creative take on French toast, the sweet-savory apple pain perdu is topped with a brie anglaise and a cool apple sorbet.

Apple Pain Perdu at Bar Restaurant.
Apple Pain Perdu at Bar Restaurant
Cathy Chaplin

4. Hazelnut Dacquoise at Merois

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8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 918-3410
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The decadent hazelnut dacquoise served at Merois is pure Puck with its dark chocolate ganache, molded chocolate ring, and gold leaf accents. A scoop of hazelnut ice cream brings home the cake’s rich and nutty flavors.

Hazelnut dacquiose with dark chocolate ganache and coffee hazelnut ice cream.
Hazelnut Dacquoise at Merois
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5. Apple Pie at Jones Hollywood

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7205 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 850-1726
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Made with a flaky crust and fresh apples, Jones’s apple pie arrives on a sizzling platter with rich caramel and a mound of vanilla ice cream. This is comfort food at its finest.

6. Blondie Sundae at Connie and Ted's

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8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 848-2722
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Pack up the chowder or take the lobster roll to-go because the blondie sundae at Connie & Ted's is worth saving room for. The warm blondie comes topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the whole shebang is doused in a fabulously gooey caramel sauce.

Blondie Sundae at Connie and Ted’s.
Blondie Sundae at Connie and Ted’s
Cathy Chaplin

7. Napoleon at Petit Trois

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716 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 468-8916
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From its impressively light pastry cream to its bountiful layers of puff pastry, there’s something about the napoleon at Petit Trois that transports Angelenos straight to Paris.

8. Rice Cakes at Sichuan Impression

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1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 283-4622

Following a Sichuan feast of garlicky ribs and hot pot, order the fried rice cakes served in a puddle of dark palm sugar. This sweet finish has the impressive ability to calm even the most spice-ridden of bellies.

Rice cakes in a sugary syrup on a plate.
Chewy Rice Cakes at Sichuan Impression
Cathy Chaplin

9. Soft Serve at Angler

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8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(424) 332-4082
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Angler proves that dessert does not have to be fussy to be memorable with its straightforward milk soft serve ice cream topped with smoked caramel, cacao nibs, and salt. Sometimes it’s the simplest compositions that prove to be most effective.  

10. Halo Halo at Sari Sari Store

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(323) 320-4020
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Everyone knows that chef Margarita Manzke has a way with sweets. Here at Sari Sari Store inside Grand Central Market, she serves up a refreshing halo halo with watermelon granita, leche flan, fresh berries, coconut tapioca, and coconut ice cream. It’s hard to say which layer is most delightful — just eat them all.

11. Bar au Chocolat Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart at Bestia

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2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
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There’s no arguing that Genevieve Gergis knows how to construct an irresistible dessert. With its Valrhona chocolate base, the chocolate budino tart balances sweet, salty, and bitter with aplomb, providing a rich finish at this always-bustling Arts District restaurant.

Chocolate Budino Tart at Bestia.
Chocolate Budino Tart at Bestia
Cathy Chaplin

12. Hibiscus Meringue at Damian

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2132 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

This local version of chef Enrique Olvera’s cornhusk meringue dessert gives a nod to the city’s love of jamaica (a popular hibiscus drink found at Mexican restaurants and taco stands). The meringue tastes more tart than the original one served at Cosme in New York City, but a strawberry puree provides a sweet lift.

Hibiscus Meringue at Damian.
Hibiscus Meringue at Damian
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13. Rose Petal Pie at Birdie G's

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2421 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 310-3616
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A slice of Deanie Hickox’s rose petal pie graces every table at Birdie G’s. The picture perfect dessert brings together a crumbly pretzel crust with the jiggliest of rose-kissed fillings. Every slice is finished with candied flower petals.

14. Soufflé Au Chocolate at Pasjoli

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2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(424) 330-0020
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It doesn’t get any better than the soufflé au chocolate at Pasjoli. Served tongue-searingly hot from the oven, the towering bitter chocolate soufflé is served with vanilla ice cream and a warm chocolate sauce.

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1. Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant

43 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant.
Tarte Tatin at Perle Restaurant
[Official Photo]

It’s imperative to save room for Perle’s apple tarte tatin. The warm-from-the-oven tart boasts caramelized pastry edges, plenty of tender apples, and a tangy cinnamon-labneh cream that mellows out all that sweetness.

43 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

2. Hakka Mochi at Joy

5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Hakka Mochi at Joy
Hakka Mochi at Joy
@GastronomyBlog

With noodles, rice bowls, and thousand-layer pancakes to be had, it’s no wonder that most folks stumble out of Joy properly stuffed and likely without dessert. But hold back a little on the savories because the hakka mochi is worth saving room for. Served alongside mugs of warm tea, the mound of mochi arrive dusted in peanut and black sesame powders.

5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

3. Apple Pain Perdu at Bar Restaurant

4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Apple Pain Perdu at Bar Restaurant.
Apple Pain Perdu at Bar Restaurant
Cathy Chaplin

Chef Doug Rankin serves breakfast for dessert at Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake. A creative take on French toast, the sweet-savory apple pain perdu is topped with a brie anglaise and a cool apple sorbet.

4326 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

4. Hazelnut Dacquoise at Merois

8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hazelnut dacquiose with dark chocolate ganache and coffee hazelnut ice cream.
Hazelnut Dacquoise at Merois
Wonho Frank Lee

The decadent hazelnut dacquoise served at Merois is pure Puck with its dark chocolate ganache, molded chocolate ring, and gold leaf accents. A scoop of hazelnut ice cream brings home the cake’s rich and nutty flavors.

8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

5. Apple Pie at Jones Hollywood

7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Made with a flaky crust and fresh apples, Jones’s apple pie arrives on a sizzling platter with rich caramel and a mound of vanilla ice cream. This is comfort food at its finest.

7205 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

6. Blondie Sundae at Connie and Ted's

8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Blondie Sundae at Connie and Ted’s.
Blondie Sundae at Connie and Ted’s
Cathy Chaplin

Pack up the chowder or take the lobster roll to-go because the blondie sundae at Connie & Ted's is worth saving room for. The warm blondie comes topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the whole shebang is doused in a fabulously gooey caramel sauce.

8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

7. Napoleon at Petit Trois

716 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

From its impressively light pastry cream to its bountiful layers of puff pastry, there’s something about the napoleon at Petit Trois that transports Angelenos straight to Paris.

716 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

8. Rice Cakes at Sichuan Impression

1900 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803
Rice cakes in a sugary syrup on a plate.
Chewy Rice Cakes at Sichuan Impression
Cathy Chaplin

Following a Sichuan feast of garlicky ribs and hot pot, order the fried rice cakes served in a puddle of dark palm sugar. This sweet finish has the impressive ability to calm even the most spice-ridden of bellies.

1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

9. Soft Serve at Angler

8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Angler proves that dessert does not have to be fussy to be memorable with its straightforward milk soft serve ice cream topped with smoked caramel, cacao nibs, and salt. Sometimes it’s the simplest compositions that prove to be most effective.  

8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117
Los Angeles, CA 90048

10. Halo Halo at Sari Sari Store

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Everyone knows that chef Margarita Manzke has a way with sweets. Here at Sari Sari Store inside Grand Central Market, she serves up a refreshing halo halo with watermelon granita, leche flan, fresh berries, coconut tapioca, and coconut ice cream. It’s hard to say which layer is most delightful — just eat them all.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

11. Bar au Chocolat Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart at Bestia

2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Chocolate Budino Tart at Bestia.
Chocolate Budino Tart at Bestia
Cathy Chaplin

There’s no arguing that Genevieve Gergis knows how to construct an irresistible dessert. With its Valrhona chocolate base, the chocolate budino tart balances sweet, salty, and bitter with aplomb, providing a rich finish at this always-bustling Arts District restaurant.

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

12. Hibiscus Meringue at Damian

2132 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Hibiscus Meringue at Damian.
Hibiscus Meringue at Damian
[Official Photo]

This local version of chef Enrique Olvera’s cornhusk meringue dessert gives a nod to the city’s love of jamaica (a popular hibiscus drink found at Mexican restaurants and taco stands). The meringue tastes more tart than the original one served at Cosme in New York City, but a strawberry puree provides a sweet lift.

2132 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

13. Rose Petal Pie at Birdie G's

2421 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

A slice of Deanie Hickox’s rose petal pie graces every table at Birdie G’s. The picture perfect dessert brings together a crumbly pretzel crust with the jiggliest of rose-kissed fillings. Every slice is finished with candied flower petals.

2421 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

14. Soufflé Au Chocolate at Pasjoli

2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

It doesn’t get any better than the soufflé au chocolate at Pasjoli. Served tongue-searingly hot from the oven, the towering bitter chocolate soufflé is served with vanilla ice cream and a warm chocolate sauce.

2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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