When your sweet tooth strikes, where do you go? Hollywood residents and visitors have plenty of options to choose from to satisfy their cravings. Whether you want a lighter dessert or a diet-starts-tomorrow treat, the city’s offerings cover all the bases. Here are four dessert menus worth your while – and the calories:
The light-hearted name hides some serious desserts – specifically, Hong Kong egg waffles. Pick your waffle flavour – original or chocolate – and then pick your ice cream. There are traditional flavours like vanilla, strawberry and chocolate alongside more creative selections like sea salt caramel truffle, mint chocolate chunk and NY cheesecake; based on our experiences here, there’s no wrong choice.
The final step to a decadent dessert is the toppings. You can choose up to three, including items that will remind you of your childhood. Fruity Pebbles, graham crackers and rainbow sprinkles are just a few of the toppings available that’ll take you back to the good ol’ days. Our favourites are the Strawberry and Chocolate Pocky and the tried-and-true Oreos.
Can’t make up your mind? Don’t worry about it. Signature creations take out all the guesswork. The aptly named Death by Chocolate is a chocolate bomb: chocolate waffle, chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup, M&M’s, Oreos and chocolate Pocky. It sounds like a lot, but it’s surprisingly not overwhelming. Wash everything down with a bubble tea. Just don’t tell your doctor you were here.
If Hong Kong waffles aren’t your style, stick to something a little more familiar at Midnight Cookies. As the name suggests, this is predominantly a cookie shop (although they also serve a few shakes). The menu runs the gamut from basic to innovative. Your standard chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies can be found here, but they’re joined by the likes of Nutter Butter, birthday cake, sea salt caramel, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Nutella-stuffed varieties. Prices are typically in the $3-$4 range, which allows you to order a bunch without breaking the bank.
Take your cookies to the next level by transforming them into one of Midnight Cookie’s ice cream sandwiches. Mix and match with a ton of toppings and fillings or swap the cookie base for a doughnut or waffle. Should you feel lazy, have your cookies delivered. They deliver through a range of services like UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash and Postmates. Best of all, they’re open late so you can get your fix at all hours of the night.
If you’re not careful, your sweet tooth can get the best of you and your scale. At Pink Pie, you can get your fill without filling out. Pink Pie specializes in mini-pies that are just as decadent as their full-sized siblings. The single-serving pies also allow you to try different flavours without overdoing it with the calories; guilt doesn’t exist here. While the new Wynwood store shop has more options, this original Yellow Green Farmer’s Market location still provides a lot of selections (and saves you the trip down south). Fair warning: This location is open only on weekends from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. or sold out.
Flavours can rotate regularly, but mainstays like the key lime pie and Oreo Nutella will – hopefully – never go away; they should be the first flavours you try if you’re new to the concept. On the current menu, you’ll also likely encounter churros, pistachio and guava cheese variations.
Fun fact: They also do custom orders and catering. If you have an event coming up, consider them for a sweet, diet-friendly dessert – you and your guests won’t regret it. Just make sure you give them enough notice. Despite their size, creating these pies is no easy feat.
The places we’ve listed so far tend to specialize in a certain item. At La Bonne Adresse, there’s a little bit of everything. It’s essentially “Paris in Hollywood,” so expect to find French desserts galore. Eclairs and other puff pastries are a must, and they are all reasonably priced. The more you buy, the more of a discount you’ll get; it might be worth it to take some to your office or workplace.
Tarts are another highlight here, and they change weekly; you never know what you’ll find. Sweets aren’t the only things they serve; sandwiches are a big part of their savoury program, which includes lunch specials. In fact, the lunch specials are probably the best value here. Not only do you get a savory dish, but you get a dessert too. It’s the best of both worlds.
Like Pink Pie, they take custom orders. So if you need a cake for an upcoming event, give them a try; take a look at their Yelp profile to see some of their impressive work. Don’t miss out on their coffee, either. Nothing pairs better with a pastry than some espresso here.
Geoffrey Anderson Jr.