Best of Philly

Best Dessert

2017 Best Dessert

Nutty Buddy at Wister

Imagine if the Little Debbie chocolate wafer bar was homemade. Now stop imagining and go taste chef Benjamin Moore’s version for yourself. It has Franklin Fountain ice cream, chocolate peanut ganache, caramel, and broken shards of homemade cone.

26 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-239-5900 | Website

2015 Best Dessert

Lemon Pistachio Parfait at Fond

1537 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

The chilled melange of Meyer lemon curd, honey frozen yogurt and pistachio dacquoise tastes like the first dazzle of sunshine after a cold gray winter. Read more »

2014 Best Dessert List

Le Virtu

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best Pie

Charlie Mayfair Pie at Pizza Brain

2313 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2012 Best Dessert

Hot Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough at Ela

627 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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. […] Read more »

2012 Best Comfort-Food Dessert

Brownie Waffles at Soup Kitchen

2146 East Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2011 Best Dessert


110 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 Website

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 […] Read more »

2009 Best Dessert

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

700 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »