For Dessert

The Friday issue of USA Today had a feature on the best desserts in Chicago, New York, and the South.

From the South, the writer recommended:.

Allen & Son Bar-B-Que in Chapel Hill, NC; Magnolia Grill in Durham, NC; Jestine’s Kitchen in Charleston, SC; Peninsula Grill in Charleston, SC; Village Bakery Cafe in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Wilson’s Soul Food in Athens, GA; The Yesterday Cafe in Rutledge, GA; Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta; Helen’s Place in Clanton, AL; The Smokehouse in Greenville, AL

Cochon in New Orleans; Commander’s Palace in New Orleans; Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House in Gulfport, MS; and The Carriage House in Natchez, MS

We’ve been to three of the places he listed, although we skipped dessert at The Carriage House when we were there. We have had both things that the writer listed for Mary Mac’s, though – peach cobbler and peanut butter pie:

He’s right about those.

…and the bread pudding souffle with whiskey sauce at Commander’s:

…and their Creole cream cheese cheesecake:

…he’s right about those too.

If I had to put together a short list of the one or two best desserts in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, I’d have to say:

A slice of coconut meringue pie from the Twix ‘n Tween in Centreville, Alabama:

A slice of coconut meringue (or any other flavor really) from The Crystal Grill in Greenwood, MS:

and the cheesecake and bread pudding at Joe’s Dreyfus Store in Livonia, Louisiana:


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