Tampa’s food scene is a thing of beauty — and it continues to grow year after year. While we love to enjoy a fine meal, we’re almost always in business for dessert. Where do you go when you need something sweet in the city? These local hotspots, according to Yelp.
Is it any surprise that the brand new edible cookie dough spot downtown tops the list? Dough Nation is making some of the most crave-worthy desserts and they’re doing it for a great cause. The social enterprise from Metropolitan Ministries has delighted foodies since its inception with treats like the cookie melt ice cream sandwich.
Other cookie dough flavors include Reese’s Piece with PB Fluff, Red Velvet, M&M, S’mores and Vegan Coconut Macaron. Dough Nation, 505 North Tampa Street.
The Dessert Spot at Toffee to Go
The Dessert Spot (featured in the header image of the article) serves up sweets that are almost too pretty to eat. After 15 years, Toffee to Go added The Dessert Spot so visitors could sit down and enjoy a pastry and a cup of coffee. The confections this spot whips out are next level good.
They make everything from apple crisp pie to peanut butter stuffed chocolate cookie sundaes. You can even go simple with a slice of New York Cheesecake. Their list of rotating specials and insane custom orders are all beyond droolworthy. The Dessert Spot, 3251 West Bay to Bay Boulevard.
Tiny Bites makes some of the most adorable desserts in Tampa. Their basically dessert shots that double as delicious decorations. The creme brulee and s’mores bites are our personal favorites, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their flavors. Each treat is situated inside a sweet graham cracker cup so it all holds together in your hands.
You can also celebrate special occasions at the Tiny Bites shop. Visitors are invited to craft their own instagrammable bites by choosing the shell, the filling, the topping and the sweet garnish. Good luck resisting it while you try to get the perfect picture.
They even make chocolate strawberry Stiletto bites and super sweet cake pops. Tiny Bites, 14398 N Dale Mabry Highway Suite 104.
As if this is surprise at all, Bake’n Babes is basically thee dessert epicenter of Tampa. What they create is basically edible art. You have not lived until you’ve sipped and savored a freak shake.
What is a freak shake? It’s a tower of tender sweetness, and they feature new specials each and every month. Some will feature full on slice of cake covered in chocolate chips, cookies and whipped cream orbiting like a dessert moon over your vanilla or chocolate shake.
Think wild Bloody Marys but for dessert. They also serve up treats like Key Lime Cold Brew, double decker cheesecake, and probably the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever had. Bake’n Babes at The Hall on Franklin, 1701 N. Franklin Street.
Harry Waugh Dessert Room
This dessert room is a Tampa icon. Many know Bern’s Steakhouse for its expansive wine cellar and prime cuts of meat, but Tampa residents know the real gem of Bern’s is the famous dessert room. The dessert menu is basically a book, and many reviewers recommend asking the knowledgeable waitstaff what they would recommend.
The chocolate mousse is decadent, the dessert cheese plate is phenomenal, the dessert liquers are outstanding and the atmosphere is unlike anything else in the city. Go here, explore the dessert menu, you’ll thank us later.
Pro tip: The Banana Cheese Pie and the flaming baked Alaska are essential dishes to sample. Harry Waugh Dessert Room, 1208 South Howard Avenue.
What’s your favorite dessert spot in Tampa? Let us know in the comments!