Where to Get Dessert in Pittsburgh

Originally published September 15th, 2017.

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This was another question posed to me recently:

Where should I get dessert in Pittsburgh?

Really? Gosh, you guys. Food blogging is so tough, but I guess someone has to do it. 

Luckily for yinz, dessert is not only something cherish, but something I take part in at least once a day.

Yes, you read that correctly.  I didn't mean to say almost every day - I meant to say at least once a day. Ask anyone who has ever been frightened by my diet - I start every morning with chocolate and coffee.

So, what am I getting at here? I take dessert seriously, and I refuse to recommend anything that isn't worth your time, money, and, of course, calories.

You're in good hands. 

Where to Find Kick-ass Dessert in Pittsburgh:

Spork

Spork does most things right (ie: their bread and butter is out of this world), but they particularly know what the fuck is up with dessert and cocktails.  I had a top-notch meal there last spring, and just when I thought it couldn't get better... dessert was served.

I indulged in the "Charlotte," comprised of strawberry, rhubarb, pretzel, iced sour cream, and basil.

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Their desserts are unique, but will still satisfy your sweet tooth. You're not going to find something bland and boring like "cheesecake" on their menu.... though you will find their interpretation of the classic Pittsburgh Cookie Table.

Spork is a great place to visit for a drink and dessert, because their cocktail menu is da bomb.

(also.... side note from a freelancer in her early twenties: it ain't cheap)

Union Standard

Awkward - I haven't been back to the Union Standard since opening weekend... but I haven't stopped thinking about their desserts. 

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I had a German chocolate doughnut topped with Millie's caramel ice cream.  It is no longer on the menu, but I just took a look at what is. Holy crap. 

Currently on their dessert menu:

Vanilla Dutch Baby
pistachio honey ice cream, honeycrisp apples, marshmallows

Walnut Dulce de Leche Pie
espresso streusel, toasted oat & maple ice cream, gooseberries

Uhhhhh allow me to say one more time.... WALNUT DULCE DE LECHE PIE! 

The Frick

One of the best pastry programs in the city? You bet. One of the best patios in the city? Also, you bet. 

The Frick only serves dinner on Fridays, so you better be a dessert-at-lunch type of person... also, if you're reading my blog, you should probably be a dessert-at-lunch person.

The dessert change very frequently and are very seasonal, but they are always delicious. They also have a great lunch prix-fixe where you get a soup/salad, half an entree/sandwich, and a dessert. 

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The ground at the Frick are stunning and the perfect for an out-of-town guest - enjoy!

Honorable mentions:

These aren't "desserts" to me, but they are damn tasty and definitely will fulfill any caloric requirements:

Burgatory Milkshakes

I have spent a lot of time researching milkshakes in Pittsburgh. Do you know what researching milkshakes is like? 😋 It is pretty great.

However, my Pittsburgh milkshake opinion has not changed since high school - Burgatory serves the best milkshakes in Pittsburgh. Moreover, the S'mores milkshake at Burgatory is top dog.

You're welcome. 

Antney's Ice Cream

Anteney's serves best ice cream in Pittsburgh with the most unique flavors. Hoho, S'mores, Burnt Almond Torte?? Antney's!! 

Grant always complains that ice cream in Pittsburgh sucks. He even goes as far to say Cold Stone is the best ice cream in the city. 

Luckily for us, he isn't the food writer and had no clue what he is talking about.  For ice cream in Pittsburgh, Antney's is it. Case closed. 

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Dessert at Home:

La Gourmandine

Get some pastries (like the lemon tart) in the morning and take them home for later.

Gilligan's Sorbet

I don't even like sorbet, but I tried this stuff a few months ago and I can't stop thinking about it. Sugar, water, and fruit - that is it. Great recipe, and great flavors. It is sold in many small markets around the city. Find out more information online

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