It may seem like only yesterday the weather was nice enough for Atlantans to sit outside and eat frozen treats from Morelli's or King of Pops, but that was a whole week ago. It's cold now, and it's time for desserts that can hold up to the blustery temperatures. It's also Halloween, which means everyone is basically required to eat something sugary— but before breaking into a loved one's candy stash, remember that "sugary" doesn't have to mean processed or fun-sized. Here's a list of nine desserts better than anything the kids in your neighborhood are getting tonight, and you won't even have to reach into a hollowed-out gourd or tell a bad joke to get them. Bonus: Not a single one has anything to do with pumpkin.Read More
Nine Atlanta Desserts Better Than Halloween Candy
1. The Shed at Glenwood
Homemade ding dongs at The Shed at Glenwood are the perfect dessert for Halloween since their devil's food cake, chocolate icing, and white cream filling are so reminiscent of childhood.
2. West Egg Cafe
Traditional Southern fare isn't expected at a restaurant called West Egg, but the Coca-Cola cupcake is one of the breakfast spot's most popular desserts.
3. La Tavola Trattoria
The entrees La Tavola shine in their own right, but they're basically just on the menu to prep appetites for the espresso-soaked, dark chocolatey tiramisu.
Cacao has gone all out for Halloween and is offering dark chocolate-filled skulls, monster cookies, and something called a "Frankenpop," which is a chocolate-coated, graham cracker-infused marshmallow (with a face, naturally) on a stick. Swing by while bar hopping in VaHi for some Halloween-esque fun.
5. Miller Union
Okay, this one is frozen. But the lunch-only ice cream sandwiches at Miller Union, which come in flavors like butterscotch-marshmallow, Mexican chocolate, Earl Grey, and candied ginger, are the perfect afternoon sugar fix.
6. The Optimist
The desserts that pastry chef Taria Camerino makes for Ford Fry's restaurants— The Optimist, JCT Kitchen, and No. 246— are creative, but they also use fair trade and locally-sourced (sometimes foraged) ingredients. Get the citrusy tart at the Optimist, which is lemon and lavender topped with fresh honeycomb in its current incarnation.
7. Bantam & Biddy
This is the restaurant's third day in business, but already people are talking about the seasonal pies that make up the dessert menu. Skip the duck fat fries (or don't) and try one (or two) of the individual pies. 'Tis the season for indulgence.
8. The Spence
Atlanta, GA 30308
Andrea Litvin's innovative desserts at The Spence are one of the strongest parts of a meal at restaurant. Try the pineapple upside-down cake with foie caramel when it's on the menu.
The Tollhouse Pie at Murphy's has an Oreo crust and dark and white chocolate cookie batter, making it the perfect wish-I-was-a-kid-again dessert for Halloween.