October 10 2008 by Matthew Clyde
For those who embrace the "life's too short, eat dessert first" mantra, traveling just provides another reason to please the pallet. I scoured the 50 states for the best pastry shops and came up with a handful that you won't want to miss. Who knows, you may even need to plan a vacation around them.
Chocolate Pink Pastry Cafe on 905 Juniper Street NE in Atlanta, Georgia
While brides may flock here for architectural wedding cakes, the rest of us come to savor Pastry Chef Christian Balbierer's signature chocolate mousse. Seconds? I do!
Hollin Hall Pastry Shop on 7920 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria, Virginia
Forget the pork. Bring home pastries from Hollin Hall and this constituent will vote to re-elect. Located in Alexandria's historic Old Town; this Beltway establishment is known for its triple chocolate Bavarian mousse cake.
Weber Bakery on West Archer Avenue in Chicago, Illinois
South Side of Chicago's best kept secret. Weber's kolacky are tender and hand-cut. Plus, since they are made with real sour cream, the dough literally melts in your mouth.
Ted's Bakery on Kamehameha Highway; North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
The only thing more breathtaking than dusk at Sunset Beach is the chocolate haupia cream pie.
Magnolia Bakery on 401 Bleecker St., New York City, New York
While this Greenwich Village bakery has brought cupcakes back in vogue, the locals stand in line for banana pudding.
Rosie on 27 Elm Street in New Canaan, Connecticut
Rosie may be a tad more expensive than other pastry shops in the area, but I can't resist the carrot cake. A slice is as big as a house and frosted to the moon.
7620 E. Indian School Rd. Scottsdale, Arizona
The owners of this small café and bakery left a glamorous life in Paris to put all of their artistic passion into making pastries from scratch in Scottsdale. Favorites include delicate croissants, raspberry tarts and an Irish Crumble layered with sweet biscuit, chocolate and Baileys cream.
Shirley's Homemades Bakery on 684 N. Freedom Boulevard in Provo, Utah
Whether you hike or ski, it's hard to find a reason to come down from the Wasatch front. Here's mine: the orange rolls from Shirley's.
If I missed your favorite pastry shop, do share! Post your comment and be sure to include enough information about your recommendation so we can find it.