10Best calorie-worthy dessert indulgences in New Orleans

New Orleanians have had a sweet tooth for more than 200 years. Sugar made millionaires in this city back in the day, and its power to please has never been questioned.

New Orleans is also a place where if you want to eat dessert first, or for breakfast, nobody raises an eyebrow. Although some traditional treats are informed with an achingly sweet sensibility - pralines come immediately to mind - the historic influence of French pastry chefs left an indelible imprint on the food culture.

As with every course of a good New Orleans meal, dessert is expected to be something special, whether you're talking bread pudding, bananas foster,  multiple layers of ethereal Doberge cake or Italian gelato infused with local seasonal fruit.

Come Carnival time, innovative pastry chefs make King Cake more than just about the baby, riffing off of the traditional pastry with flavors like banana and peanut butter, Meyer lemon, goat cheese and apple. chocolate pecan and strawberry.

Flaming desserts are always a crowd pleaser and bananas foster is synonymous with New Orleans - the dish was dreamed up at Brennan's in 1951 by chef Paul Blangé. New Orleans, being a port city, was a major entry point for bananas and the chef created a dessert with rum, butter, bananas and vanilla ice cream that is still wonderful to this day.



French Quarter


Bananas Foster is a must eat dessert and the best place to get it is where it was first flamed, the redone Brennan's. A theatrical presentation of caramelized banana fragrant with cinnamon and plenty of rum, it's a treat that never goes out of...  Read More



From the moment you step through the wooden screen doorsat Hansen's uptown, you'll be struck by the relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. The snoballs at Hansen's Sno-Bliz are a local legend, dripping with handmade syrups in flavors like...  Read More



For a taste of what some might call the best confections in New Orleans, head over to the Garden District and drop by Sucre, Tariq Hanna's sweet retreat filled with gossamer macarons, Italian gelatos and chocolates that stand up to the best in...  Read More



This popular New Orleans landmark in Mid-City maintains a comfortable, neighborhood vibe, thanks in part to an exceptionally courteous staff and a steady stream of local families wandering by for an Italian-flavored treat. A family business...  Read More

Jack Rose
Photo courtesy of Randy Schmidt


Jack Rose is the newish eatery that reinvigorates what used to be the Caribbean Room in the Pontchartrain Hotel. Jack Rose, run by the locally based QED Hospitality Group from chef/co-owner Brian Landry and his partner Emery Whalen, virtually...  Read More



Stellar cuisine and a hip cocktail bar make this a sexy destination for twentysomethings or anybody looking for a romantic date night setting. Tempting bites " like eggplant crisps with skordalia, oven-dried roma tomatoes, basil and oil cured...  Read More



Opened by chef Mike Stoltzfus and his wife Lillian Hubbard in December 2008, Coquette is a Garden District stunner, from its gleaming floors and crisp linens to its architectural details and warm exposed brick walls. Chef Stoltzfus proffers...  Read More



Pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt creates poetry on a plate. Whether that has anything to do with her degree in English from Tulane or not, her lyrical desserts spin quite a tale. Wyatt came back to New Orleans in 2011 to develop the pastry program at...  Read More

Emeril's New Orleans
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Chef Emeril Lagasse is personally supporting banana growers all over the world. And it's because of the banana cream pie that has been on the menu at Emeril's, his flagship restaurant that is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, for each of...  Read More

Bakery Bar/Debbie Does Doberge
Photo courtesy of Debbie Does Doberge


Doberge cake is the stuff of legend in New Orleans. Created in the 1930s by Beulah Ledner, doberge (say dough-bash) is a riff off the Hungarian dobos torta, a heavy layered cake filled with buttercream. Ledner, taking the local climate into...  Read More


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