It's been a pretty excellent year for Portland's sugar fiends:
But in the search for our favorite dessert, we found ourselves returning to the classics. Our favorite by far is a flourless chocolate cake with sage ice cream and whiskey-caramel sauce that recently debuted on the menu at
It's been on the menu for years, but the pain d'epice with honey and goat cheese hasn't received nearly the recognition it deserves. A dense slab of dark, mysteriously spiced bread is grilled, smeared with fatty chèvre and drizzled with honey. Pair it with a glass of muscat or sweet port.
There's a lot to love among the updated classic American desserts at this new Pearl
The Sugar Cube
We're infatuated with the intoxicating Amy Winehouse cupcake from Kirsten Jensen's all-sweets cart: a liquor-soaked yellow cake with a hint of orange zest, dipped in a thick chocolate ganache. It's a fruity, woozy chocolate knockout. 901 SW Alder St., 890-2825.