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If you’ve never had a “Dessert Night Out”, it’s time to truly satisfy your sweet tooth. Instead of only getting one choice for dessert, grab a couple of friends and head on over to these tasty dessert havens and prepare to indulge yourselves. The idea is to order 6-8 desserts and let everyone sample from the plates, allowing you to taste more than one dessert, which is something you usually don’t get to do.
Green Earth Vegan Cuisine offers heavenly carrot cake, chocolate cake, almond chocolate cake, cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, green tea cheesecake and Thai banana rolls with ice cream ($4.50 to $5.95). All of these are made without dairy products, but you’d never know by their rich flavor. Green Earth Vegan Cuisine is located at 37 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena CA 91105, tel# (626) 584-0268. They’re open Sunday-Thursday from 11:30am-9pm, and Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm. To read the complete menu, visit the website at www.greenearthvegan.com.
Coco's Bakery Restaurant is definitely the king of pie lovers with a selection of 14 different types of freshly baked pies (apple pie, Dutch apple pie, boysenberry, cherry, no sugar added Apple, pecan pie, cream cheese pie, 2 cream cheese pies with fruit topping, lemon meringue, banana cream, coconut cream, chocolate cream pie and a seasonal pie). They also have hot fudge sundaes and hand scooped ice cream, and a broad variety of baked goods, like cinnamon rolls, eight types of muffins, cookies, fresh baked biscuits, coffee cakes and croissants ($1.99-3.99). Coco's Bakery Restaurant is located at 77 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106 and their operating hours are Monday through Friday from 6am to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 10pm. To read the complete menu, visit the website at www.cocosbakery.com.
The Corner Bakery Café offers a stunning variety of freshly baked sweets, including: cookies (old fashioned chocolate chip, sugar cookie, oatmeal raisin, monster snickerdoodle and iced cookies); cinnamon pecan and apricot walnut rugalach (an Eastern European pastry traditionally made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling); sweet and tangy lemon bars, maple pecan bars and raspberry bars; fudge brownies and cream cheese brownies; cinnamon creme cake (a rich, golden cake swirled with ribbons of cinnamon, topped with crumbly cinnamon streusel and powdered sugar); 3 types of Bundt cakes (chocolate w/white or chocolate icing, white w/chocolate or white icing, and white baby Bundt w/ fresh berries); Whoopee Pies (their original creations of delicious vanilla, chocolate mocha, peanut butter or butter cream filling sandwiched between two rich cakes), and their rich lemon and pumpkin pound cakes. The Hastings Ranch Corner Bakery Café is located at 3807 E. Foothill Blvd. (the cross street is Michilinda Avenue) near Sears, their telephone number is 626-351-0464. Their hours of operation are: Monday–Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 7am-10pm and Sunday 7am-8pm. For the complete menu, the website is at www.cornerbakerycafe.com.
If you crave traditional French crepes, check out the Crème de la Crepe restaurant, which serves sweet dessert crepes with savory names, like; sucree, gourmande, Royale, savoureuse, fondante, coquine, splendide, douce, zidane, daph, Suzette, crème de la crepe and la guillotine (priced from $3.95 to $7.95). As if all these choices weren’t enough, you can create your own sweet crepe, adding your choice of toppings, fruit, flambé liqueurs and whipped cream. On Friday and Saturday nights between 7pm and 11pm they host jazz musicians to entertain you, and they also offer small groups cheese and wine tasting parties. Crème de la Crepe is located at 36 W. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91105, (located in Mills Alley). Their hours are 8am-10pm Monday -Thursday, on Friday and Saturday nights they are open until 1am. For more information call 626-844-0007 or visit their website to find their other locations in Culver City, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. To read the complete menu, visit the website at www.cremedelacrepe.com.
Heidar Baba is a family owned Persian restaurant right across from Pasadena City College. Their dessert choices include mouthwatering gelatos (mango, raspberry, pistachio, strawberry, chocolate, mint and vanilla), the exotic zoolbia bamia (a honey candy), falloodeh, baklava, rosewater ice cream, Mango Givre (mango sorbet served in a half mango) and a seasonal fruit plate for ($3.55). With over 10 desserts to choose from, you can top off your delicious dinner with a savory dessert and Persian coffee or tea. Visit Heidar Baba’s website at www.heidarbaba.net.
Houston's serves one of my all time favorite desserts in Pasadena, the warm five-nut brownie accompanied by a tureen of hot fudge sauce. They also offer apple walnut cobbler; a traditional hot fudge sundae, or their scrumptious key-lime pie ($8). Houston's, located at 320 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91101, is open Monday through Sunday from 11am to 10pm. There is limited parking on the premises, as well as additional parking in a lot off Del Mar Blvd., which is available after 7pm for their patrons. They have a large area that is specified for all their walk-in customers, but you can also make reservations by calling 626-577-6001 or by visiting the website at www.hillstone.com.