Survey 2011: Best Desserts

Paley's Place Dessert. Photo John Valls

I split this category into two parts: restaurant desserts, and places that primarily serve desserts.

Out of 924 votes:

Restaurants were a fairly tight vote:

  1. Paley’s PlaceI agree.  1204 Northwest 21st Ave. Portland, OR 97209 Map (503) 243-2403 My review.
  2. Nostrana – 1401 Southeast Morrison St. Portland, Oregon 97214 (503) 234-2427 Map. My review
  3. Castagna – 1752 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214. Map (503) 231-7373

Honorable mention: Tabla


Amelie at Pix Patisserie

Dessert focused businesses:

  1. Pix Patisserie – 3901 North Williams Ave. Portland, OR 97227 (503) 282-6539 and 3402 Southeast Division St. Portland, OR 97202 (503) 232-4407 Map
  2. Papa Haydn -701 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR (503) 228-7317 and 5829 Southeast Milwaukie Ave., Portland, OR 97202 (503) 232-9440‎. Map
  3. The Sugar Cube – This is a cart. Closed at the moment, but supposed to pop up at the 43rd and Belmont at the Good Food Here food cart spot. @TheSugarCube

Honorable mentions: Two Tarts, Random Order (both advertisers here, but that didn’t make any difference in the score)

You can see all of the 2011 poll results here.

Your thoughts are welcome

  1. pdxyogi says

    Papa Haydn? Sure, they’d deserve a top spot, were this 1989. They haven’t gone down, it’s just that everyone else has risen above them.

    Should have a “breakfast pastry” category. Ristretto would win.

    • JDG says

      Is Ristretto doing their own pastries now? I thought they brought them in from Nuvrei.

      Speaking of Ristretto, seems like it’s been a while since Ms. Rommelman has chimed in around these parts…

  2. OzziePDX says

    There is nothing, no dessert in Portland that is as wonderful as the banana cream pie at ThreeDoorsDown Cafe in SE Portland. Hands down, the best dessert in town. Huge banana chunks, fresh whipped cream piled high with drizzled caramel on top and the graham cracker crust. Unbelievable!

  3. Michelle says

    I would just like to give a shout out to the pastry chef at Spints. Laurie’s desserts are well executed, balanced, seasonal, and a steal at $5 each.

    • hydrocracker says

      Agreed – I had the most wonderful frozen sabayon dessert at Spints a few months back. Papa Haydn and Pix typically leave me disappointed with overly sweet, boring flavors.

  4. Timothy Lehman says

    Unrelated to the survey but related to responses, Nancy Rommelmann will be reading from her book, “The Bad Mother”, tonight at Ristretto Roasters, 3808 N. Williams Ave. at 7 pm

  5. Deanne says

    Agree w/Spints- also, if you can save room, you MUST try the desserts at Screen Door. They are sooooo good now (than when first open)! Yum.

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