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Sweet Stuff: Desserts in TLH

How sweet.  Summer has officially begun. What  a perfect time to indulge in fruity sorbets, luscious shortcake and over-the-top ice cream sundaes.

In Tallahassee, you can find all these treats, and lots more, whether you’re craving a gooey banana split with hot butter caramel, a pot of chocolate fondue or a refreshing chai crème brûlée. And you don’t have to miss out if you’re vegan or eat a gluten-free diet.

Our search for desserts led to ice cream and candy shops, bakeries, restaurants and even late-night delivery services. Friends and readers contributed their ideas as well, but if we’ve missed your favorite spot, let us know.

Here’s the scoop…

COOL TREATS

Big Easy Snowballs: It’s always snowball season at these two dessert shops, which create frozen treats using New Orleans-style machines. You have a choice of more than 90 flavors including the popular blue raspberry or tiger’s blood (three berries with a hint of coconut). The specialty is a “stuffed” snowball – any flavor with French vanilla soft serve ice cream in the middle. 1621 N Monroe St. (Lake Ella), 850-329-6010; 2819 Mahan Dr., 850- 999-1502.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: Wedding Cake ice cream, made with almond cake batter, and Tuxedo Strawberry, with white chocolate swirls, are the special June flavors at these two counter-serve spots, where you’ll find waffle cones, freezes, milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream and pies. Bring your own banana to Bruster’s on Thursdays and you get a banana split for half price ($3 instead of $6). 2475 Apalachee Pkwy., 850-309-0712; 1709 W. Tharpe St., 850-383-9782.

Cold Stone Creamery: Pick your favorite ice cream flavor, choice of mix-ins and it’s all melded together using two spades on a frozen granite stone, for a made-to-order confection. Centre of Tallahassee, 2415 N Monroe St., 850-553-4560; 1444 W Tennessee St., 850-425-1150.

Dairy Queen: There are three Dairy Queen shops in Tallahassee plus a spot in the Governor’s Square Mall, offering chocolate and vanilla soft-serve in a cup or cone plus varied Blizzard treats.

Fiocco at Urban Food Market: Rudy Sacchet’s family has been making gelato for more than three generations in the Dolomites in northeastern Italy, and now he’s sharing his experience at Fiocco Gelato Cafe in the sprawling Urban Food Market. Fiocco offers more than 20 flavors plus coffee drinks and bakery items, including cheesecake from Chef Alessandro Di Maggio of +39. Centre of Tallahassee, 2415 N Monroe St.; 850-765-9842.

Isabella Pizza: Along with Neapolitan pies and salads, Isabella’s offers six flavors of house-made gelato and Nutella pizza, which is stuffed with the hazelnut spread and topped with fruit. 799 W Gaines St.; 850-558-6379.

Lofty Pursuits: The venerable local ice cream shop, from owner Gregory Cohen, is a place where customers like to hang out. Watch Victorian-style candy made in-house on equipment from the late 1800s and check out retro toys and games. The ice cream menu itself is huge, offering floats, freezes, egg creams, ice cream sodas, nearly three dozen sundaes (not counting banana confections and treats like the kitchen sink, with 26 scoops in a stainless steel sink) and vegan ice cream options. Lofty Pursuits makes more than 30 syrups. Want dessert for breakfast? Order a pancake with candy, sprinkles and ice cream (regular breakfast items available as well). 1355 Market St.; 850-521-0091.

Mr. Cool: The Thai-style ice cream shop serves ice cream in six tight rolls instead of scoops. Servers mash mix-ins and a liquid ice cream base (including a basic version, vanilla, coffee, green tea or chocolate) on a pan chilled to a temperature of minus 14 degrees, then scrape the mixture into rolls, which taste a little lighter than a scoop. Pick one of the restaurant’s combos, like the Monkey Business (with bananas and Nutella) or create your own. Once the ice cream is rolled, pick three toppings. There’s one price: $5.99. 633 W Tennessee St.; 850-999-8476.

Nuberri Frozen Yogurt: The shop, with three locations, is primarily known for self-serve frozen yogurt (with no fat and low fat alternatives) but it also serves custard, gelato, sorbet and Italian ices. Dozens of toppings are available.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier: Satisfy your craving for chocolate or gelato (or both) at Peterbroke, which offers a cup, cone or pint of gelato, with 16 rotating flavors. 1817 Thomasville Rd. 850-577-3111.

Yogurt Mountain:   The yogurt shop serves more than 16 choices with nonfat, lowfat and gluten-free picks available, plus custard, dairy-free choices and tropical ice. 1801 W Tennessee St.; 850-765-0229.

CUPCAKES/PASTRIES

Au Peche Mignon: Feel like you’re in France (we can all pretend) while gobbling macarons, croissants and other pastries at the cafe, open more than 25 years. You can also get imported cheeses, salami and lunch. 1415 Timberlane Rd.; 850-668-5533.

Lucy & Leo’s Cupcakery: The local cupcake shop from owners Jean Bates and Paula Lucas, offers about a dozen cupcake varieties daily, plus macarons, cookies and cake balls (mini cupcakes available by special order). Gluten-free and vegan options are available. During the summer, cupcakes are $2 on Tuesdays. 1000 Thomasville Rd.; 850-765-0374.

Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery: The colorful cupcake shop serves more than a dozen flavors daily. You can special order medium or mini cupcakes and get cupcakes for dogs on Saturdays. 1480 Apalachee Pkwy., 850-765-2785; 3479 Thomasville Rd., 850-999-1943.

Tasty Pastry: The family-run bakery, which originated in 1963, is still run by siblings and certified master bakers Debbie and Mark Cross. It’s the source for breads, cakes, pies, cookies, bagels, pastries and take-home casseroles. 1355 Market St.; 850-893-3752.

The Cake Shop: The bakery is brimming with breads, pastries presents pies, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, baklava, quiche and specialty baked goods.. Open for breakfast. 1908 Capital Circle NE; 850-386-2253.

Treva’s Pastries and Fine Foods: In her small shop and cafe, Treva Pasquarelli offers soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees (to go) and pastries. Her specialties include Key lime mousse pie and blueberry almond croissants. She also makes ice cream for sale by the cup or pint. 2766 Capital Circle NE; 850-765-0811.

RESTAURANTS

Blu Halo: Popular desserts at the upmarket restaurant include flavored nitrogen ice creams. The chilling temperature of nitrogen renders ice cream velvety and rich. Other signature treats are blueberry cheesecake with Kahlúa chocolate sauce and Nutella soufflé or splurge or a dessert cocktail. 3431 Bannerman Rd.; 850-999-1696.

Cypress Restaurant: Pastry chef Maria Mosca and executive chef/owner David Gwynn create a changing menu of gourmet desserts. Highlights include a decadent flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache; a bread pudding made of cornbread infused with maple syrup and topped with bourbon ice cream; and chai crème brûlée. The menu also features house-made ice creams and sorbets (including vegan and gluten-free). 320 E. Tennessee St.; 850-513-1100.

Food Glorious Food: Fans rave about the three-layer, sinfully rich “Perfect Chocolate Cake” but other favorite desserts at Food Glorious Food include Key lime pound cake and baklava cheesecake. 1950 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-9974.

Habana’s Boardwalk: Savor Cuban desserts like flan (caramelized vanilla custard), tres leches (vanilla cake soaked with three milks), churros con helado (fried dough and ice cream topped with cinnamon sugar) and guava and cream cheese empanada at this homey restaurant. 2819 Mahan Dr.; 850-391-9111.

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Kool Beanz: Pastry chef Sylvia Gould is known for her imaginative desserts on a constantly changing menu. Her specialties include toasted coconut cream meringue cake, blueberry fig crostata and Thai basil panna cotta. 921 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-2466.

The Melting Pot: Fondue lovers head to The Melting Pot for this chocolate treat (with several liqueur options for added decadence), served with numerous toppings including fruit and more chocolate. 2727 N Monroe St.; 850-386-7440.

Miccosukee Root Cellar: Owner Ruben Fields presents a menu of locally-sourced foods, much of it organic, and that includes dessert. Summer favorites feature a chocolate terrine with Thai basil ice cream, bay leaf pound cake with a strawberry lavender compote, and a pecan pie made with nuts from KBH Farms. Try house-made ice cream flavors like strawberry balsamic, Turkey Hill Farm sugar cane syrup ice cream and buttermilk crème fraîche. 1311 Miccosukee Rd.; 850-597-7419.

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319 Wine & Cheese: This local cafe, owned by Bill and Lynne Edwards, features house-made cannoli, triple layer chocolate merlot cake, blueberry tarts, apple caramel bread pudding with ice cream and lots more. 6265 Old Water Oak Rd.; 850-765-7053.

DELIVERIES

Dipped:  If you’re craving chocolate-covered strawberries (and who doesn’t?), this place delivers. Cheesecake and other gourmet treats, including S’more truffles, Belgian waffles and bacon, delivered until 3 a.m. (call to check their delivery area). 2401 Pensacola St.; 850-296-7489.

Insomnia Cookies: Insomnia delivers cookies, ice cream and milk to fans anywhere within three miles of its Tennessee Street location to 3 a.m. 1525 W. Tennessee St.; 877-632-6654.

Z Baked: Find cookies and muffins as well as some comfort food, which you can pick up or get delivered (if you’re in their coverage area). Order online at zbaked.com. 2401 W. Pensacola St., 850-391-2206.

 

Late-Night Eats

Maybe you worked late, went to a concert or just got a hankering for a fat burger or a cheese omelet and everything’s closed. Or so it seems. Finding a place serving food after 9:30 p.m. is tough in Tallahassee.

Bars,  especially on the college campuses, in the All Saints Arts District and in Midtown,  are good bets to find sustenance while most folks are snoozing away (get takeout if you don’t want to stay), but there are more choices  out there. FYI, unless you’re going to a 24-hour place, call first because some venues close early if they’re empty.

If you want to pig out while staying in your jammies, you just might  be able to get cookies or mac n’ cheese delivered to your door.

Here are some choices that serve food after most places turn out their lights in Tallahassee:

Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack:  Grab one of the best grouper sandwiches or burgers in Tallahassee at this funky bar and restaurant, a local favorite which also holds trivia, comedy, open mic and karaoke nights.  Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday to Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday. Food generally served to 1 a.m. (call first, because the kitchen may close earlier, depending on the crowd). 325 N Bronough St.; 850-222-1075.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: An appealing stop post work or play, the popular chain restaurant offers its extensive menu until closing time so if you have a late-night craving for that Peruvian quinoa bowl or Pizooki cookie treat, go for it. 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 1749 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-216-2010.

Buffalo Wild Wings: This sports-minded chain offers traditional and boneless wings with 21 types of sauce. Other menu items include burgers, wraps and desserts. 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 392 S Magnolia Dr.; 850-309-0065.

Checkers: The burger chain has several locations in Tallahassee, most open to midnight or later during the week and until 3 a.m. on weekends. The branch at 802 Lake Bradford Rd. is open to 5 a.m. on weekends. Go late or have a burger for breakfast. Check the website for locations and more details on hours.

Chicago Chicken & Grill:  Chicken wings, strips and nuggets dominate but you’ll also find  tacos, shrimp  and salads on the menu at these three branches.  Open  from 11 a.m. to midnight. Delivery available. 1911 S. Adams St. , 850-765-1625; 2205 Apalachee Pkwy.,  850-727-8217; 1904 W. Pensacola St., 850-692-3744.

Denny’s: “America’s diner” is always open, and as many of us know, a Grand Slam always tastes better at 3 a.m. 2690 N Monroe St.; 850-523-4491.

Dipped: Oh man, chocolate-dipped strawberries are heavenly any time of day, but Dipped delivers them, as well as cheesecake and other gourmet treats, including S’more truffles, Belgian waffles and bacon, until 3 a.m.  It caters to the college crowd but word is spreading. You can also stop by the space, which it shares with ZBaked and Penny Delivers.  Open between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. Unit A and B, 2401 Pensacola St.; 850-296-7489.

Fourth Quarter Bar & Grille: A friend says Fourth Quarter is THE spot for a late-night omelet, but you can order anything on the menu till 2 a.m. Other breakfast items are only available on Saturday and Sunday morning at this longtime local hangout, which has been open for more than three decades. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, breakfast 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

Gaines Street Pies: Pizzas, salads, calzones and appetizers like a hummus plate and spinach-artichoke dip are available at this venue in the All Saints Arts District. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 603 W. Gaines St. 850-765-9275.

IHOP: Indulge your desire for pancakes any time at this 24-hour chain.  2225 N. Monroe, 850-385 0010; 2840 Apalachee Pkwy.;850-656 1621.

Insomnia Cookies: College students aren’t the only zany people who crave chocolate chunk cookies and milk in the middle of the night. Insomnia delivers cookies, ice cream and milk to fans anywhere within three miles of its Tennessee Street location, which includes Florida State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. There’s a $6 minimum; the delivery fee is $1.99. 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday to Friday, noon to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1525 W. Tennessee St.; 877-632-6654.

Island Wing Company: One of the few late-night restaurant choices in the Northeast, this source for baked chicken wings offers its full menu until closing, but there’s also a $5 late-night menu featuring quesadillas, jerk chicken tacos, a veggie basket, seven boneless wings and a cheeseburger and fries. 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 1370 Market St.; 850-692-3116.

Liberty Bar and Restaurant: The casual bar is known for its elevated pub food from chef/co-owner Jesse Edmunds (El Cocinero). Four entree choices are only available until 11 p.m. but you can order from the rest of the menu, which includes a Scotch egg, artisan and charcuterie boards, burgers and chocolate cake until closing. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (brunch) and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1307 N Monroe St.; 850-284-7966.

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Madison Social: The kitchen at this pub and eatery is only open late hours Thursday through Sunday, when you can load up chicken tenders, wraps, burgers and other bar bites. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Full menu available to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, to midnight or 1 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. 705 S. Woodward Ave.; 850-894-6276.

Midtown Pies: From the owners of Gaines Street Pies, this Midtown pizzeria attracts big crowds Friday and Saturday night after all the neighboring bars close at 2 a.m. so you might want to stop by earlier for pies, subs and wraps. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

Miller’s Ale House: The menu at the sports bar includes Zingers chicken tenders, salads, burgers and steaks. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; the kitchen closes at 1:30 a.m. 722 Apalachee Pkwy; 850-222-0364.

OG Subs: If you’re a South Florida transplant, you’ll be happy to learn that former employees from beloved Laspada’s Original Hoagies have opened a sub shop in Tallahassee called OG Subs. They have  meats from the same purveyor as LaSpada’s but use local bread from Tasty Pastry Bakery and local produce. Delivery service, take-out and walk-in service available. More good news: the sub shop is open late night hours a few nights a week. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.  OG stands for Outrageously Good subs, salads and wraps.  444 W. College Ave.; 850-553-1352.

Penny Delivers: The service charges one cent and offers delivery until 3 a.m. Go on their website, pennydelivers.com/, plug in your address and you’ll get a list of available places.

TGIF Friday’s:   Or TG it’s open till 2 a.m. every night. You can find  burgers, chicken, salads, steak and  plenty of appetizers at the casual, national  chain, located near Interstate 10.  11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 3390 Capital Circle NE; 850-422-8443.

Township: The beer hall-inspired space serves food until 1:30 a.m. daily but switches to a limited, late-night menu at 10 p.m., with items like cheese-drizzled fries, fried chicken thighs in a cone and Big Daddy and Big Momma pretzels. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 619 S Woodward Ave., 850-597-8075.

Village Inn: The family restaurant offers a full, large menu, with lots of breakfast items and pies. 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 1225 E Park Ave., 850- 877-8471; 3392 Lonnbladh Rd.; 850-297-0053.

Waffle House:  There are at least seven Waffle Houses in Tallahassee so there’s bound to be one in your neighborhood. You can find a pecan waffle, BLT or even a T-bone at this national chain, open 24 hours. Check the website for a location near you.

Waterworks: “Party like it’s 1965” is the slogan at this beloved tiki bar and restaurant, from owner Don Quarello. Waterworks features bar bites, sandwiches, salads and desserts. A friend raves that “the late-night Capri sammy is most restorative.” Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. 1133 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-1887.

Wendy’s: The national burger chain (with salads, chicken and wraps) has several branches, with varying hours. Most close anytime between 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Expect earlier closing hours during weekdays. Check website for locations.

Whataburger: The five locations of this retro national chain are open 24 hours. Get breakfast items including the Breakfast on a Bun from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. 1101 Thomasville Rd., 2586 N. Monroe St., 1701 W Tennessee St., 2511 Apalachee Pkwy., 815 Lake Bradford Rd.

The Wilbury: From the owners of Gaines Street Pies, this new bar and music venue serves its lineup of quirky fare including pulled jackfruit tacos, barbecue brisket sandwich and “overnight and slow” pulled pork. 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for brunch and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. dinner Saturday and Sunday. 513 W. Gaines St.; 850-320-6353.

The Wine Loft: Stop by this sophisticated space for a glass of wine and linger over items like truffle tots, Angus sliders, baked brie and meat and cheese boards. The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Bar hours: 5 p.m. to about midnight Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 1240 Thomasville Rd; 850-222-9914.

Z Baked: Find cookies and muffins as well as mac ‘n cheese, burgers, paninis and lots more at this bakery and comfort food stop (with one other location in Orlando), which offers pick-up or delivery from 5 to 3 a.m. There’s a $6 minimum and no delivery charge. The delivery area includes FSU, FAMU, Tallahassee Community College and a broader area from Monroe to Capital Circle and Interstate 10 to Orange Avenue. Order online at zbaked.com. 2401 W. Pensacola St., 850-391-2206.