Best of Philly

Best Dessert

2014 BEST Dessert List

Le Virtu

Pastry chef Angela Ranalli’s seasonal, Italian-leaning desserts are both rustic (blueberry olive oil cake) and polished (topped with mascarpone thyme cream) but never cloying or expected.

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-5626 | Website


2013 BEST Pie

Charlie Mayfair Pie at Pizza Brain

2313 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Paper-thin slices of apples and sweet potatoes overlap beneath dollops of honey goat cheese in what could be eye-catching modern art, but is actually a pizza sweetened with brown sugar and inflected with pie spice. Save this one for the end of your meal. Read more »

2012 BEST Dessert

Hot Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough at Ela

627 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Remember when you were a kid and your mom let you eat the raw cookie dough straight from the bowl? This is just like that. Only better, ’cause it’s warm. Consider this an official demand, Jason Cichonski: You took it off the menu. Put it back. Read more »

2012 BEST Comfort-Food Dessert

Brownie Waffles at Soup Kitchen

2146 East Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Even if you don’t eat them, the smell alone would be worth the trek to Fishtown. And since you’re not eating them, you won’t mind if we just let our fork wander over ? Read more »

2011 BEST Dessert

Barbuzzo

110 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

It’s just pudding, people,” says chef Marcie Turney. Luckily, we know better. We know it’s bliss. And now you do, too. Read more »

2010 BEST Desserts

Bistrot La Minette

623 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA

This is not the place for abstaining from a final course; chef/owner Peter Woolsey is a classically trained pastry chef who studied at Paris’s Le Cordon Bleu. You’ll want to try his tarte au citron served with house-made cassis sorbet; his gteau l’opra with 11 immaculate layers of almond sponge cake, chocolate ganache and coffee… Read more »

2009 BEST Dessert

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

700 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

It’s a dessert for the masses. Literally. Just one slice a roughly two-by-four-by-eight-inch slab of Famous 4th Street’s checkerboard cake (moist chocolate and vanilla squares bound with a creamy mocha mousse) will both feed and please your whole party. Cake ain’t your thing? How about the three-to-an-order cheese-and-sour-cherry blintzes, the New York-style cheesecake, a black-and-white… Read more »