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The sugar cream pie at Redbird
Ryan Fleisher

19 Desserts to Try Right Now in Atlanta

From simple and succinct to completely mind-blowing, end the meal on a sweet note with these desserts

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The sugar cream pie at Redbird
| Ryan Fleisher

Dessert may be the last course of the meal, but it’s certainly not the least important. Fortunately, Atlanta is chock-full of delicious dessert options that are anything but boring. Here are the restaurants around metro Atlanta in which to grab desserts ranging from simple and succinct to completely mind-blowing.

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Disclaimer: A number of restaurants on this map have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the Georgia Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Spring Restaurant

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83 Church St
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 540-2777
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Seasonally-inspired eating still reigns supreme at this restaurant in Marietta, even with the dining room currently closed. Chef and owner Brian So’s curbside-only menu changes often and typically features just one dessert. Whether the dessert is an in-season fruit tart or gianduja (chocolate-hazelnut) custard with preserved cherries, do not skip the desserts at Spring. Order online for curbside pick-up.

2. Porch Light Latin Kitchen

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300 Village Green Cir SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(678) 309-9858
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Andre Gomez currently offers a takeout menu and limited patio seating at his Smyrna restaurant. Fortunately, he still has tres leches on the menu made by local dessert company Sugar Spun Fun. Orders must be placed between 1pm and 4pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Call to order takeout. Mask highly encouraged.

3. Muss & Turner's

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114
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These sandwich wizards in Smyrna happen to also know a thing or two about sweets. The restaurant’s most unique treat is the goat cheesecake with seasonal compote. Don’t let the small, individual-sized portion fool — it’s rich and totally shareable. Open for dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

4. Canoe

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4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 432-2663
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The popcorn sundae has been a mainstay at this riverfront restaurant since it opened, but pastry chef Jessica McKinney recently introduced a new treat: tableside s’mores. Presented in a smoke-filled cloche, the dessert is composed of an almond and chocolate cremeux, house-made toasted marshmallows, graham cracker, and salted caramel sauce. Open for dine-in service. Masks highly encouraged. Read more about Canoe’s COVID-19 precautions here.

5. Marcel

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1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 665-4555
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After a hearty dinner at this Ford Fry-backed steakhouse, there may not be enough room for dessert. Go ahead and order the baked Alaska anyway. It’s a showstopper. Cake and ice cream (the flavors change frequently) are covered in marshmallow, doused in liquor, and torched tableside. If ordering takeout, try the 12-layer chocolate cake. Open for dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout or delivery via Doordash.

6. Redbird

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1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 900-5172
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It’s simple, but the sugar cream pie at Redbird is a standout on the menu at the Westside Provisions District restaurant. The dessert is a tribute to chef Zeb Stevenson’s mother, and also happens to be the state pie of his home state of Indiana. It’s custardy and dusted with cinnamon, a nice complement to Stevenson’s vegetable-heavy menu. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

7. Aziza

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1170 Howel Mill rd Suite P10b
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 968-9437
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Pastry chef Zibaa Sammander keeps the dessert menu fresh at the Israeli-inspired restaurant at Westside Provisions District. Popular items on the rotating menu include Sammander’s take on the krembo. Traditionally a chocolate-covered marshmallow, Sammander’s version is a carrot cake and labneh mousse with a chocolate shell served alongside carrot sorbet. Another seasonal standout at Aziza is the honey apple cake made with white chocolate and labneh sherbet. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for curbside pick-up. Family meals available.

8. Lyla Lila

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693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 963-2637
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There are many worthy desserts on the menu at chef Craig Richards’ Italian gem in Midtown. However, the tiramisu here stands out above the rest. Bonus points for its easy portability, making it a great takeout option for dessert. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

9. Joy Cafe

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1100 Peachtree St NE #110
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 996-1377
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This Midtown restaurant is best known for its brunch, but don’t sleep on the desserts at Joy Cafe. The cookies and milk pie is a creamy, decadent mess of milk-soaked chocolate chip cookies topped with whipped cream…and more cookies. Open for dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

10. Tiny Lou's

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789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(470) 485-0085
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With a pastry program helmed by chef Claudia Martinez, there’s no wrong dessert order at Tiny Lou’s. However, the best bet on the menu is the Ode to Blondie. The dessert is Martinez’s homage to Atlanta’s most revered adult entertainer, Blondie, who dances nightly crushing beer cans between her breasts at the Clermont Lounge beneath the French restaurant. The dessert features a brown butter blondie with curried bananas flambé, buttermilk ice cream, and hazelnut crémeux. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout or curbside pick-up.

11. Southern Belle

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1043 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 698-3961
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Located in Poncey-Highland, Southern Belle is currently only open for brunch and takeout (or patio and dining room service in the evenings, when the restaurant transforms into Georgia Boy.) Regardless, don’t forget to order dessert here: fig newton cake with orange creamsicle mousse, fig jam, and Biscoff cookies. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

12. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

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1238 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-4030
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The bustling Candler Park barbecue joint makes a killer banana pudding for dessert. It’s a must-order every time. For those people headed to grab takeout from the Fox Bros. “que-osk” on Ottley Drive, make sure to grab whatever is on the dessert menu there, too. Open for dine-in service. Masks required. Call to order for pick-up. Delivery available via DoorDash.

13. Lazy Betty

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1530 DeKalb Ave NE ste f
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 975-3692
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No meal would really be complete without dessert, and that is especially true at Lazy Betty in Candler Park. The four-course menu here includes dessert from pastry chef Carelys Vazquez, like the chocolate mousse with orange coulis, sesame tuile, and soy caramel ice cream. Open for limited dine-in and patio service. Masks required. Reservations required. Order online for takeout.

14. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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Chocolate cake lovers will want to bookmark this next dessert from the General Muir. The rich and decadent Brooklyn blackout is filled with layers of dark chocolate cake, a salted caramel filling, ganache frosting, and chocolate cookie crumbs on the exterior for that extra crunch factor. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout or delivery via Doordash.

15. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

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1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 744-5638
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Buena Gente Cuban Bakery brings a taste of Miami to a Decatur shopping center. It’s only fitting that the shop offers a decadent key lime pie on its menu. Get there early, as this dessert quickly sells out. Order at the counter. Masks required.

16. Iberian Pig

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121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-8800
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The Iberian Pig takes a modern approach to Spanish cooking, but the churros on the menu here are as traditional as it gets. The tubular dough fritters are crispy on the outside and airy on the inside with just the right amount of cinnamon sugar. This fried dough treat is perfect for dunking in the accompanying chocolate sauce. There’s also an Iberian Pig location open in Buckhead. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout or delivery.

17. LEON's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Rachel Wright oversees the pastry program at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur. Though it’s best known for pub grub and great cocktails, Wright’s desserts are always worth ordering. Try the grown-up version of a candy bar made with a peanut butter cookie crust, banana caramel, dark chocolate ganache, and sea salt garnish. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for curbside pick-up.

18. Snackboxe Bistro

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6035 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30360
(770) 417-8082
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Doraville’s Laotian street food restaurant doesn’t have an extensive dessert menu, but don’t entirely overlook it. For instance, try the nam van — a blend of coconut milk, water chestnut tapioca jelly, jackfruit, longan, corn, honey dew, cantaloupe, and sweet basil seeds. A straw and a spoon are both needed for this dessert. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

19. Zyka

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1677 Scott Blvd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 728-4444
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An Atlanta-area institution since 1997, Zyka on Scott Boulevard in North Decatur serves up delicious Indian fare, ranging from halal meats to vegetarian options, in a no-frills dining room setting. Ordering kulfi — a dense frozen dessert — is a must here. The dessert comes in a variety of flavors, including pistachio and mango, and is served in a little clay pot. There’s also a location open in Alpharetta. Order online for takeout.

1. Spring Restaurant

83 Church St, Marietta, GA 30060

Seasonally-inspired eating still reigns supreme at this restaurant in Marietta, even with the dining room currently closed. Chef and owner Brian So’s curbside-only menu changes often and typically features just one dessert. Whether the dessert is an in-season fruit tart or gianduja (chocolate-hazelnut) custard with preserved cherries, do not skip the desserts at Spring. Order online for curbside pick-up.

83 Church St
Marietta, GA 30060

2. Porch Light Latin Kitchen

300 Village Green Cir SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

Andre Gomez currently offers a takeout menu and limited patio seating at his Smyrna restaurant. Fortunately, he still has tres leches on the menu made by local dessert company Sugar Spun Fun. Orders must be placed between 1pm and 4pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Call to order takeout. Mask highly encouraged.

300 Village Green Cir SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

3. Muss & Turner's

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309, Smyrna, GA 30080

These sandwich wizards in Smyrna happen to also know a thing or two about sweets. The restaurant’s most unique treat is the goat cheesecake with seasonal compote. Don’t let the small, individual-sized portion fool — it’s rich and totally shareable. Open for dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080

4. Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

The popcorn sundae has been a mainstay at this riverfront restaurant since it opened, but pastry chef Jessica McKinney recently introduced a new treat: tableside s’mores. Presented in a smoke-filled cloche, the dessert is composed of an almond and chocolate cremeux, house-made toasted marshmallows, graham cracker, and salted caramel sauce. Open for dine-in service. Masks highly encouraged. Read more about Canoe’s COVID-19 precautions here.

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

5. Marcel

1170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

After a hearty dinner at this Ford Fry-backed steakhouse, there may not be enough room for dessert. Go ahead and order the baked Alaska anyway. It’s a showstopper. Cake and ice cream (the flavors change frequently) are covered in marshmallow, doused in liquor, and torched tableside. If ordering takeout, try the 12-layer chocolate cake. Open for dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout or delivery via Doordash.

1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Redbird

1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

It’s simple, but the sugar cream pie at Redbird is a standout on the menu at the Westside Provisions District restaurant. The dessert is a tribute to chef Zeb Stevenson’s mother, and also happens to be the state pie of his home state of Indiana. It’s custardy and dusted with cinnamon, a nice complement to Stevenson’s vegetable-heavy menu. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Aziza

1170 Howel Mill rd Suite P10b, Atlanta, GA 30318

Pastry chef Zibaa Sammander keeps the dessert menu fresh at the Israeli-inspired restaurant at Westside Provisions District. Popular items on the rotating menu include Sammander’s take on the krembo. Traditionally a chocolate-covered marshmallow, Sammander’s version is a carrot cake and labneh mousse with a chocolate shell served alongside carrot sorbet. Another seasonal standout at Aziza is the honey apple cake made with white chocolate and labneh sherbet. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for curbside pick-up. Family meals available.

1170 Howel Mill rd Suite P10b
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. Lyla Lila

693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118, Atlanta, GA 30308

There are many worthy desserts on the menu at chef Craig Richards’ Italian gem in Midtown. However, the tiramisu here stands out above the rest. Bonus points for its easy portability, making it a great takeout option for dessert. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308

9. Joy Cafe

1100 Peachtree St NE #110, Atlanta, GA 30309

This Midtown restaurant is best known for its brunch, but don’t sleep on the desserts at Joy Cafe. The cookies and milk pie is a creamy, decadent mess of milk-soaked chocolate chip cookies topped with whipped cream…and more cookies. Open for dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

1100 Peachtree St NE #110
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Tiny Lou's

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

With a pastry program helmed by chef Claudia Martinez, there’s no wrong dessert order at Tiny Lou’s. However, the best bet on the menu is the Ode to Blondie. The dessert is Martinez’s homage to Atlanta’s most revered adult entertainer, Blondie, who dances nightly crushing beer cans between her breasts at the Clermont Lounge beneath the French restaurant. The dessert features a brown butter blondie with curried bananas flambé, buttermilk ice cream, and hazelnut crémeux. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout or curbside pick-up.

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

11. Southern Belle

1043 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Located in Poncey-Highland, Southern Belle is currently only open for brunch and takeout (or patio and dining room service in the evenings, when the restaurant transforms into Georgia Boy.) Regardless, don’t forget to order dessert here: fig newton cake with orange creamsicle mousse, fig jam, and Biscoff cookies. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

1043 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

12. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

The bustling Candler Park barbecue joint makes a killer banana pudding for dessert. It’s a must-order every time. For those people headed to grab takeout from the Fox Bros. “que-osk” on Ottley Drive, make sure to grab whatever is on the dessert menu there, too. Open for dine-in service. Masks required. Call to order for pick-up. Delivery available via DoorDash.

1238 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. Lazy Betty

1530 DeKalb Ave NE ste f, Atlanta, GA 30307

No meal would really be complete without dessert, and that is especially true at Lazy Betty in Candler Park. The four-course menu here includes dessert from pastry chef Carelys Vazquez, like the chocolate mousse with orange coulis, sesame tuile, and soy caramel ice cream. Open for limited dine-in and patio service. Masks required. Reservations required. Order online for takeout.

1530 DeKalb Ave NE ste f
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329

Chocolate cake lovers will want to bookmark this next dessert from the General Muir. The rich and decadent Brooklyn blackout is filled with layers of dark chocolate cake, a salted caramel filling, ganache frosting, and chocolate cookie crumbs on the exterior for that extra crunch factor. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout or delivery via Doordash.

1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

15. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

1365 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

Buena Gente Cuban Bakery brings a taste of Miami to a Decatur shopping center. It’s only fitting that the shop offers a decadent key lime pie on its menu. Get there early, as this dessert quickly sells out. Order at the counter. Masks required.

1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

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16. Iberian Pig

121 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

The Iberian Pig takes a modern approach to Spanish cooking, but the churros on the menu here are as traditional as it gets. The tubular dough fritters are crispy on the outside and airy on the inside with just the right amount of cinnamon sugar. This fried dough treat is perfect for dunking in the accompanying chocolate sauce. There’s also an Iberian Pig location open in Buckhead. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout or delivery.

121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

17. LEON's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Rachel Wright oversees the pastry program at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur. Though it’s best known for pub grub and great cocktails, Wright’s desserts are always worth ordering. Try the grown-up version of a candy bar made with a peanut butter cookie crust, banana caramel, dark chocolate ganache, and sea salt garnish. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for curbside pick-up.

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

18. Snackboxe Bistro

6035 Peachtree Rd, Doraville, GA 30360

Doraville’s Laotian street food restaurant doesn’t have an extensive dessert menu, but don’t entirely overlook it. For instance, try the nam van — a blend of coconut milk, water chestnut tapioca jelly, jackfruit, longan, corn, honey dew, cantaloupe, and sweet basil seeds. A straw and a spoon are both needed for this dessert. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Order online for takeout.

6035 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30360

19. Zyka

1677 Scott Blvd, Decatur, GA 30033

An Atlanta-area institution since 1997, Zyka on Scott Boulevard in North Decatur serves up delicious Indian fare, ranging from halal meats to vegetarian options, in a no-frills dining room setting. Ordering kulfi — a dense frozen dessert — is a must here. The dessert comes in a variety of flavors, including pistachio and mango, and is served in a little clay pot. There’s also a location open in Alpharetta. Order online for takeout.

1677 Scott Blvd
Decatur, GA 30033

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