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Seven Exceptional Dessert Restaurants List

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In four years of writing restaurant reviews in Southern California, especially around the Anaheim area, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting many exceptional desserts. So each of these six restaurants had something extra and special that elevated them to being considered exceptional for this list.

Seven Exceptional Dessert Restaurants in Southern California

  • Cheesecake Factory, Anaheim
  • Claim Jumper, Santa Ana
  • Farrell''s Ice Cream Parlor, Rancho Cucamonga
  • Ghirardelli's, Disney California Adventure
  • Las Brisas, Laguna Beach
  • Polly's Pies, Whittier
  • Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, Downtown Disney, Anaheim

Now there are numerous restaurants that serve delicious pies and ice cream desserts as well as specialty items that deserve at least being considered worth an honorable mention:

  • Coco’s
  • Denny’s
  • Marie Callendar’s
  • Carthay Circle, Disney California Adventure

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Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory, Anaheim
Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory, Anaheim John R. Aberle

Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory, Anaheim

The Cheesecake Factory ranks among the seven exceptional dessert restaurants on this list from John Aberle’s pictures and restaurant reviews of Southern California restaurants, especially around Anaheim The Cheesecake Factory offers 35 cheesecake choices for dessert. They offer seasonal desserts such as their pumpkin related flavors as well as signature desserts like the Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake (shown in this picture). In additional, they have a Low Carb Original Cheesecake. Review: The Anaheim Cheesecake Factory Dishes up Fantasy Dining Experience

Mini I Declair at Claim Jumper, Santa Ana
Mini I Declair at Claim Jumper, Santa Ana John R. Aberle

Mini I Declair at Claim Jumper, Santa Ana

Although the Claim Jumper, Santa Ana originally joined the Seven Exceptional Dessert Restaurants on this Examiner.com list because of its famous Chocolate Motherlode Cake, its other desserts are also excel. John Aberle drew this picture of the Mini I Declair from his pictures and restaurant reviews of restaurants in Southern California, especially around Anaheim. Review: Stake your claim for a great meal at the Santa Ana, CA Claim Jumper

Gold-Digger at Farrell''s Ice Cream Parlor, Rancho Cucamonga
Gold-Digger at Farrell''s Ice Cream Parlor, Rancho Cucamonga John R. Aberle

Gold-Digger at Farrell''s Ice Cream Parlor, Rancho Cucamonga

The Gold-Digger consists of two Farrell’s sized scoops of butter pecan ice cream with banana ‘nuggets’ (a full banana sliced into chunks) with hot butterscotch sauce topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Out of the seven exceptional dessert restaurants on this Examiner.com list, Farrell''s Ice Cream Parlor stands out as having the most incredible ice cream dishes. As I long since quit eating anything as outrageous as the Pig’s Trough, Dorothy and I enjoyed sharing the Gold Digger. This list uses pictures and restaurant reviews of restaurants in Southern California, especially around Anaheim. Review: Farrell’s in Rancho Cucamonga returns you to the fun of old fashioned ice cream parlors

Banana Hot Fudge Sundae at Ghirardelli, Disney California Adventure
Banana Hot Fudge Sundae at Ghirardelli, Disney California Adventure John R. Aberle

Banana Hot Fudge Sundae at Ghirardelli, Disney California Adventure

Ghirardelli’s ice cream parlor also has fabulous ice cream dishes. Unlike Farrell’s, though, it only serves ice cream and their world famous chocolates from San Francisco. It is one of the Seven Exceptional Dessert Restaurants on this Examiner.com list. Besides its chocolates and ice cream dishes, it is a fascinating place with architecture typical of the Pacific Wharf area of Disney California Adventure. John R. Aberle used his pictures and restaurant reviews of restaurants in Southern California, especially around Anaheim for this list.

Flan with flair at Las Brisas, Laguna Beach
Flan with flair at Las Brisas, Laguna Beach John R. Aberle

Flan with flair at Las Brisas, Laguna Beach

Few restaurants can compete with Las Brisas for having it all: extraordinary dishes, fabulous ambiance, and generally outstanding service. While lots of restaurants in Southern California, especially around Anaheim, serve flan, Las Brisas in Laguna Beach elevated it to an art form earning it a position on this list of Seven Exceptional Dessert Restaurants, Examiner.com. Review: Las Brisas brings Mexican Riviera cuisine to Laguna Beach

No Sugar Added Olallieberry Pie at Polly's Pies, Whittier
No Sugar Added Olallieberry Pie at Polly's Pies, Whittier John R. Aberle

No Sugar Added Olallieberry Pie at Polly's Pies, Whittier

There are thousands of restaurants around Anaheim and the rest of Southern California where you can get a pie. There’s only one chain I know of where you can get a piece of the exceptional No Sugar Added Olallieberry Pie (seasonal pie). Just be sure to go early or to call ahead in late May or early June. This is the sixth of seven exceptional dessert restaurants for Examiner.com list. Restaurant review: Polly’s Pies, Whittier

Bananas Foster flames it up at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, Downtown Disney, Anaheim
Bananas Foster flames it up at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, Downtown Disney, Anaheim John R. Aberle

Bananas Foster flames it up at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, Downtown Disney, Anaheim

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen lights up its position on the Seven Exceptional Dessert Restaurants list for Examiner.com with Bananas Foster. What a delight to watch them flame it at your table.  I took this picture from my photos and restaurant reviews of restaurants in Southern California. Review: Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Dished Up a Memorable Special Event

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