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October 14, 2021 — Celebrate National Dessert Day (October 14) by satisfying the ultimate sweet tooth with decadent, creative takes on the after-dinner pick-me-up. From classic cakes to dessert cocktails, Philadelphia premier restaurants A Mano, Fond, Forsythia, Oloroso, and Royal Boucherie have the perfect sweet treat in-store for the sweets enthusiasts.


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A Mano, the acclaimed seasonal Italian BYOB from the Townsend Wentz Restaurant Group (TWRG), offers delightful after-dinner dishes, using locally-sourced ingredients prepared artfully with an Italian-inspired flare.

Foodies can indulge in seasonal desserts including Tiramisu Semifreddo ($9) crafted with dark chocolate and hazelnuts, Honey Panna Cotta ($9) prepared with peach preserves and almond crumble, and Lemon Olive Oil Cake ($9) topped with fresh blueberries and buttermilk cream.

Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 5 – 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 5 – 10:30pm, and Sunday from 5 – 9:30pm.

2244 Fairmount Ave | (215) 236-1114 |

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Fond, Chef Lee Styer’s acclaimed French-focused restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue, is no stranger to superb, flavorful baked goods and sweet treats, crafted by Co-Owner and noted Pastry Chef Jessie Prawlucki-Styer.

The ever-evolving menu currently features three rich, delicious dishes to cap off the meal, including Vanilla Caramel Crème Brûlée ($12) crafted with ginger poached pears, cinnamon shortbread, and whipped cream, Warm Apple Tart ($12) composed of cardamom whipped cream cheese and orange crème anglaise, and Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake ($12) prepared with hazelnut coffee ice cream espresso butterscotch and crisp meringue.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10 pm.

1537 S 11th St. | 215.551.5000 |

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Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, boasts elevated, silky-smooth culinary creations ideal for devouring post-meal including Basque Style Cheesecake ($12) crafted with apricot granita, sunflower seed, and Madeira, and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse ($12) prepared with currant parfait.

And for a dessert in a glass, try 3rd Times A Charm ($14) composed of Faber Cold Brew Vodka, a single shot of Rival Bros. signature espresso, and finished with spiced simple syrup.

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10pm.

233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 |

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Oloroso, Philadelphia’s premier Spanish restaurant, is a go-to for traditional tapas-style dishes and provides foodies an authentic taste of Spain with the crispy, perfectly-balanced Churros ($9) covered in smoked cinnamon sugar and served with chocolate sauce, and the seasonal Basque Cheesecake ($11) served with PX apricots, rosewater caramel, and pistachio.

In addition, imbibers can select from an extensive array of dessert wines and Sherry for sipping as a sweet and satisfying nightcap.

Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 5 – 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5 – 11pm, and Sunday from 5 – 9pm.

1121 Walnut Street | 267-324-3014 |

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Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively neighborhood bistro, offers guests a bevy of dessert fare and cocktails including the artfully-plated Crème Caramel ($9) and Peanut Butter Cheesecake ($9) prepared with chocolate and meringue.

As for libations, imbibers can sip on three savory and sweet tipples, featuring Peaches & Smoke ($16) with Lilet Rosè, cognac, crème de peche, laphroaig, and lemon, Café et Tonic ($12) with spiced rum, cold brew, simple syrup, and tonic, and Bittersweet Endings ($14) with Averna, coffee liqueur, and crème de cocoa.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday from 4 – 10 pm.

52 S. 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 |  

-Nicole Schofield