Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013)
Mon, 12/16/13 9:23 AM
Did you know that there are other desserts besides pie? Yeah, I was shocked to find that out, too. Top 10 Desserts (Non-Pie Division) 10. Al's Corner Restaurant - Barberton, OH I was the first customer to walk through the door when Al's opened on a blustery January morning. Even though it was listed on the board as being available, I was told the cherry strudel was still in the oven. Like magic, they brought it to my table just as I was finishing the chicken paprikash. Perfectly tart cherries in a still hot, flaky crust, this was the perfect ending to a first-class Hungarian meal. 9. Florentine Pastry Shop - Utica, NY You can buy your pusties with different fillings, like the vanilla shown in the photo, but it is the buttery crust that envelops the custard that puts it on this list. 8. Wayside Restaurant - Berlin, VT Wayside restaurant makes some fine pies, including a terrific maple cream, but it is the grape nuts pudding that always shines for me off the dessert menu. 7. Bette's Oceanview Diner - Berkeley, CA I don't drink coffee, so there was doubt if the famous chocolate espresso twinkie would appeal to me, but it is dark and delicious, obviously using high quality ingredients. 6. Germantown Commissary - Germantown, TN Although the bbq at Germantown Commissary paled in comparison to some of the others enjoyed on the Roadfood bus tour, the banana pudding was a star! Very fresh tasting, with just the right mix of custardy pudding, vanilla wafers and cut up banana slices. 5. Palateria Michoacana de Paquime - Albuquerque, NM We made multiple visits to this Albuquerque dessert store that specializes in paletas, which are basically Mexican popsicles. My choice of grape was certainly good enough, but my girlfriend went with a combination, which included fresh kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango and cherry. You could clrealy taste each fruit as you bit into. 4. Polonia Café - Polonia, WI The motive to visit this small town café two hours north of Madison was to try their highly regarded banana cream pie, but I came away most impressed with the pistachio torte, a Wisconsin only dessert. It was light, with a real whipped topping, a strong pistachio flavor and a graham cracker bottom layer. 3. Isaiah's - Montgomery, AL This great little soul food restaurant, attached to a bed and breakfast, closed down in 2013. A great loss for sure, especially for that peach cobbler in a tulip glass. I really liked the mix of fresh peaches, lots of breading and a strong cinnamon flavor. 2. Le Churro - New York, NY Just a few doors down from the Lexington Candy Shop, this was one of the highlights of the New York City get together in October. The churros themselves were wonderful, but when covered in the high quality, not too sweet chocolate, it was truly something special. They use that same chocolate in the hot cocoa, which my girlfriend is still talking! 1. Jeni's Fresh Ice Cream - Nashville, TN Two of my favorite things are dark chocolate and peppermint and Jeni's puts them together as a Christmas time special. It is outrageously good!
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