Sweet 16: The Downtown St. Louis Dessert Edition

Do you wish the Sweet 16 of March Madness were a little more, ya know, sweet? We’re swapping schools for shakes, s’mores and other sugar-focused menu items available in Downtown St. Louis. We want to hear your favorites, so give us a shout on social media using @downtownstlouis to tell us which dessert would win in your bracket!

Pie Shake at Sugarfire Smokehouse

This dessert sounds confusing, but it’s actually quite simple. A full slice of pie—you can choose between Mississippi Mud, Apple, Key Lime, Sugar, and Pecan—is blended into a milkshake for the double dessert you never knew you needed.

Sugarfire Smokehouse, 605 Washington Ave.,


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S’more Crepe with Ice Cream at Rooster

Dark chocolate and marshmallow pair perfectly with cookie crumbs and a scoop of vanilla ice cream in this sweet crepe.

Rooster, 1104 Locust St.,


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Slice of Pi at Pi Pizza

A cornmeal-crust apple pie, covered in a crumb topping, pairs perfectly with the optional (but, in our opinion, necessary) scoop of ice cream.

Pi Pizza, 610 Washington Ave.,

Earl Grey Frozen Yogurt at Bella’s Frozen Yogurt

Take your love of tea to a new level with this small-bath Earl Grey-flavored frozen treat.

Bella’s Frozen Yogurt, 1021 Washington Ave. Ste. 100,


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Strawberry and Nutella Bread Pudding at Lucas Park Grille

Served warm à la mode, this tempting twist on bread pudding might make you want to skip dinner and go straight for the dessert menu (it’s ok, we won’t judge you.) 

Lucas Park Grille, 1234 Washington Ave.,


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Black Humor at Snow Factory

With brownie and Oreo flavors mixed with chocolate syrup and pure vanilla, it’s no surprise this chocolate-filled ice cream treat is a favorite—apparently it has been the most popular flavor since opening in 2016.

Snow Factory, 600 Washington Ave.,


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MoonPie Split at Tin Roof

Factory-fresh MoonPies pair perfectly with banana pudding, butter pecan ice cream, bourbon caramel and chocolate syrup at this late-night establishment.

Tin Roof, 1000 Clark Ave.,

Bread Pudding from Broadway Oyster Bar

Dessert and live music? What a great combination. Warm up with the classic and comforting Bread Pudding, a staple on the Broadway Oyster Bar menu.

Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway,

Strawberry Cheesecake Makimono at Drunken Fish

You love sushi for dinner. Have you tried it for dessert? This tempura-fried treat includes New York-style cheesecake and strawberries, wrapped in pink soy paper and paired with sundae toppings like nuts and chocolate sauce.

Drunken Fish, 601 Clark Ave.,

Lemon Sponge Cake at Blood and Sand

This is Blood and Sand’s “newest guilty pleasure:” a bright, moist lemon sponge cake topped with a berry compote made from blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries and lemon “snow.” Pair it with a glass of dessert wine for a perfect end to any evening.

Blood and Sand, 1500 St. Charles St.,

Mom’s Traditional Gooey Butter Cake at Park Avenue Coffee

Why mess with a perfect recipe? While ample flavor variations are also available, this customer favorite is focused on one flavor: that delicious butter.

Park Avenue Coffee, 417 N. 10th St.,

Extraordinary Chocolate Fudge from The Fudgery

This handmade-from-scratch fudge is everything a chocolate lover could want—and its convenient location inside Ballpark Village makes it even easier to grab.

The Fudgery, 601 Clark Ave.,

Glazed Donut at Pharaohs Donuts

Who says dessert has to come after dinner? Pick up the most popular flavor at this Downtown donut shop in the morning for a sweet treat that will turn your day around.

Pharaohs Donuts, 200 N. 7th St.,

Triple Play at Cardinals Nation

Local favorite Hank’s Cheesecake makes this Cardinals-themed sweet treat any fan has to try. Chocolate, red, and traditional cheesecake are layered under a chocolate ganache for a festive and fun dessert.

Cardinals Nation, 601 Clark Ave.,

Bacon Pancake Boozy Milkshake at Start Bar

This 21-plus dessert pairs bacon bourbon with maple syrup vodka, as well as vanilla ice cream and pancake batter, for a tipsy treat unlike any other.

Start Bar, 1000 Spruce St.,

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup at Insomnia Cookies

This oversized peanut butter cookie is stuffed with broken Reese’s peanut butter cups for a chocolate and peanut butter explosion, available until 3 a.m.

Insomnia Cookies, 1136 Washington Ave.,


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