Best Desserts - 2013
La Belle Vie
You may not be aware that every stomach comes equipped with two compartments — a regular savory compartment plus a special dessert compartment. No matter how full you think you may be, the dessert compartment always remains empty, ready for something sweet. La Belle Vie continues to be the crème de la crème of the Twin Cities dining scene, and the desserts are no exception. Pastry chef Diane Yang is a master at taking her sweets to the precipice of savory, then finishing with a sweet flourish. From the tiny bites that cap the tasting menu, to a collection of cookies and simple chocolates, to the full dishes filled with perfectly executed components, her desserts are astonishing culinary feats. Just as it's acceptable to pop into the Lounge for just one cocktail or a small plate of food, your dessert compartment would really appreciate a little drive-by fill-up.