Two of St. Louis’ most well-known food items happen to be dessert: Gooey butter cake and frozen custard. We’ve included some of the best dessert places in St. Louis, alongside some individual dessert dishes that are true standouts. From the best Gooey butter cake in St. Louis, to cannolis, cookies, and concretes, the gang’s all here.
Crème brûlée is our favorite dessert. Period. If it's on a menu, we order it, so it’s safe to say we've had 95% of the crème brûlées in this town. Billie | Jean’s version is out of this world. If you are a fan of this dessert, head to Clayton ASAP for a dessert experience. Pro tip: If you can't get a reservation, just go for crème brûlée and a nightcap.
Ever since the captain of the St. Louis Blues shared with us his favorite dessert was the bread pudding at Cyrano’s, we had to see what all the hype was about. Ladies and gentlemen, the man knows what he’s talking about. The caramel brioche bread pudding is served with a housemade cherry bourbon sauce and freshly whipped cream. As one of our readers pointed out, you can be the star of any gathering by ordering a pan or half pan (sauce on the side) of this decadent dessert.
This beautiful monster of a cookie is what dreams are made of. Made from scratch daily, these extra-large cookies are have the perfect chocolate chip-to-batter ratio. No matter how stuffed you are on their delicious pizza or sandwiches, this cookie is a non-negotiable part of eating at Union Loafers. Grab it to-go and eat it later; you will never regret this dessert decision.
These cannolis are just as good as anything you can find in NYC's Little Italy, and the best in St. Louis. Head to the Loop when your sugar craving hits for the perfect treat. Piccione serves up authentic Italian pastries from 9am-11pm; all made from scratch in small batches. Come for the cannoli—we recommend the pistachio or chocolate chip, but they also offer tiramisu, cheesecake, and even gelato. If you need some caffeine to go with your Italian cookies, they have a full coffee bar too. Ciao!
How lucky are we to have a gem like Chef Nathaniel Reid churning out some of the best desserts in the country?! Yelp recently ranked Nathaniel Reid Bakery as one of the top 10 bakeries in the country, and Chef Reid was nominated as a James Beard semifinalist for "Outstanding Baker" in 2019. His pièce de résistance is the Guyana cake. The brown sugar cocoa sponge cake is encased in a thin chocolate glaze, layered with dark chocolate cream, served on a bed of crunchy caramelized rice that is mixed with milk chocolate streusel and hazelnuts, and topped off with a salted chocolate crumble. This beauty is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.
The winner was a bit shocking to us too, but researching this article meant we tried eight(!) different Gooey butter cakes around town. While all of them were delicious, the best was found at none other than our local Schnucks. It was a chance meeting during grocery shopping, and while our expectations weren’t high, the mouthwatering results blew us away. Next time you are doing your weekly grocery shopping, grab a single square and try it out; you won’t be disappointed.
This St. Louis institution has been a dessert mecca since it opened back in 1930. You can come for a variety of dessert creations like their malts, shakes, sundaes, or floats; but the concretes are the true MVP of the menu. The quality of the custard is so good that it doesn’t need a lot of toppings, so ordering plain vanilla or chocolate custard is always a good choice. But the menu item we have ordered approximately 845 times over the last 10 years is the Cardinal Sin. Served with tart cherries and hot fudge, this is the most-ordered concrete creation on the menu. Don't let standing in line stand in your way. It’s so darn good, it’s worth the wait!
When first-time owner Joy Grdnic tried Cedar Crest Ice Cream from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, she knew she needed to bring it to St. Louis. What makes Cedar Crest SO good it's high-quality ingredients, lack of additives (no high-fructose corn syrup!), and it's made in small batches to give the ice cream more flavor and creaminess. All this translates into some of the best ice cream in St. Louis, and at The Fountain on Locust, there are plenty of ways to get your ice cream fix.
They offer over 26 different ice cream martinis, as well as sundaes, floats, malts and milkshakes, scoops and cones, and ice cream desserts. All the toppings, sauces, and cakes are made in-house with extreme attention to flavor and quality. The Fountain on Locust is one of the best restaurants in town for sweet stuff, and our advice is to start with one of their delicious sundaes, or try the supreme cream puff made with Vanilla Deluxe ice cream (or flavor of your choice), alongside a baked cream puff shell, and topped with hot fudge or caramel sauce and real whipped cream.