Re:My Year in Roadfood (2012)
Thu, 01/10/13 11:18 PM
Best Desserts (Non-Pie Division) 10) Bauder Pharmacy - Des Moines, IA My trip to Des Moines was in July, which meant Bauder's Pharmacy had peach and strawberry ice creams available. If I was a good friend, I would have waited for The Travelin Man, due into town later in the afternoon, before heading over to Bauder's. But the temptation was too great and I found myself at the counter eating a scoop of that creamy fresh peach. Not satisfied there, I then ordered a couple scoops of the peppermint ice cream, covered in hot fudge, trying to approximate Bauder's famous peppermint ice cream bars, which are only available at the Iowa State Fair. Once meeting up with TTM, our first stop was back to Bauder's, where I ate another couple of scoops of peach, while sampling his fresh strawberry. That was a good ice cream day! 9) Niecie's - Kansas City, MO Niecie's has so many great things on their menu, it is easy to forget about their desserts. This chocolate cake was sinfully rich and the perfect follow up to our breakfasts. They only bad thing is that I had to share it with Cousin Johnny and TTM. 8) Pie Wagon - Nashville, TN We arrived at Pie Wagon just before they closed for the day and the pie selection was picked over until there was almost nothing left. Luckily, they still had this beautiful, sugary sweet blackberry cobbler to reduce the sting. 7) Flip's - Wilmington, NC There are heavy, dense banana puddings and light, frothy ones. The version they serve at Flip's is the latter kind. It is whipped to the point where there is nothing to chew on. The owner told us he just made it that morning and tasted wonderfully fresh. 6) Josie's German Cakes & Market - Mechanicsburg, PA A small store that serves divine German plate lunches, Josie's was the best Roadfood place I found on my own in 2012. The desserts weren't as good as the other food we sampled, but still plenty good enough to be on this list. The soft, sweet apple streudel was a German classic, but it was the plum cake that really won my heart. 5) Dr. Mike's - Bethel, CT The rich chocolate and seasonal pumpkin flavors were the best ice cream we had all year. 4) Meers Store - Meers, OK If we were grading on size alone, the gargantuan desserts served at Meers Store would easily be #1. The banana pudding is the heavy, dense version, with a dozen or more vanilla wafers mixed in. The cherry cobbler has four scoops of made-in-house vanilla ice cream on top. Neither Cousin Johnny or I came close to finishing these, despite how good they were. 3) Stroud's - Kansas City, MO These cinnamon rolls are so good, especially when served hot from the oven, that they can sometimes outshine the pan fried chicken, which only happens to be the best in the country. 2) El Mago de las Fritas - Miami, FL The flan is not a dessert than I typically like, but I have sampled quite a few over the years since Cousin Johnny is a fan and orders it often. This version, with everything including the caramel sauce made-in-house, has made me a flan fan. 1) Hominy Grill - Charleston, SC It is undoubtedly boring to sometimes see the same names on these lists year after year, but the chocolate pudding at Hominy Grill never lets me down. It is none too sweet and tastes like the pure essence of chocolate. Believe it or not, (divert your eyes now CajunKing!) I would choose this over any pie out there.
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