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The Best Desserts In All Of L.A.
We frequently go out of our way to hunt down the nearest cold-pressed juice spot. We'll drive to the ends of the earth to test out the latest burger to generate buzz. And, we'll even wake up extra-early on the weekend, just to make sure we get the good flowers at the farmers' market. But, when craving a sweet treat, we often settle for less than average.
We're guessing it has something to do with the overwhelming power of the sweet tooth. Think about it: How often does a sugar craving come into your head and almost instantaneously cause you pull into the nearest 76 store to buy yourself some Sour Patch Kids or stop at the overcrowded, not-so-good fro-yo spot on the corner?
But, like many things in life, a little planning can make all the difference. On that note, we've rounded up the absolute best desserts in Los Angeles. Print this out. Save it to your Evernote. Do whatever you need to in order to make sure you have this list handy the next time an unexpected, sugar-coated craving comes along.
The Pop Pies At Cake Monkey Bakery At Cake Monkey Bakery, everything feels like a throwback. In the dessert world, this means handmade versions of Hostess-inspired treats and, our personal favorite, the toaster pastry-inspired Pop Pies — in particular, the ones with a sweat and seasonal cherry filling.
Pies At The Pie Hole Have you ever had an Earl Grey pie? How about Maple Custard? Or Cereal Pie? The made-from-scratch masterpieces at The Pie Hole are anything but ordinary — and that's a very, very good thing.
The Pie Hole, 714 Traction Avenue (at South Hewitt Street); 213-537-0115.
Doughnuts At Birdies Birdies in downtown L.A. serves up more than just coffee and doughnuts — the hip sweets spot is famous for wildly inventive doughnut flavors (e.g. the $100 gold-glazed doughnut, pictured right) and savory-sweet sandwich mashups.
Birdies, 314 W. Olympic Boulevard (at Midway Place); 213-536-5720.
Soft-Serve At Drips & Swirls Drips and Swirls is a walk up counter service dessert joint dishing out an array of creative soft serve ice cream flavors — try a lick of anything from the "Charcoal Crispy Rice" dipped in toasted rice puffs to a "Korean Melon Bar".
Drips & Swirls, 3076 W. 8th Street (at S. Berendo Street); 213-568-3021.
Ice Cream Sandwiches At Milk Forget about doughnuts and cookies, the Milk shop in sunny L.A. dishes out the next best trend in summer ice cream sandys. Meet the macaron ice cream sandwich; Take your pick of flavors from mint chocolate chip to cereal milk dipped and dunked in crunchy fruity pebbles.
Milk, 7290 Beverly Boulevard (at N. Poinsettia Place); 323-939-6455.
Soft-Serve At Bumsan Organic Milk Bar Bumsan swirls out creative soft-serve ice cream cones that have been sourced from an organic Korean dairy producer — if that's not enough to peak your interest, check out a few of the stellar flavors: dragonfruit, lychee, and taro (pictured right).