I’m with you. In NY used to love going to Chikalicous for after dinner dessert tasting menu.
I’m not sure if they still do this but Providence used to have a dessert only tasting menu you could drop in for. I recall seeing several people come in for this dessert only tasting towards the end of my meals ~9pm.
If you are going late night I would add in Pizzeria Mozza - might be able to sit at the bar.
– Northgate Market (They have the best Chocoflan)
– Kings Hawaiian (Paradise Cake continues to amaze)
– Phoenix Bakery. (totally worth the PITA to get there… although I always find parking just going down Broadway)
– Westchester Bakery (always comes through in a pinch)
Cakes you wish were better but just aren’t…
The afformentioned Portos and along with it… La Monarca.
Susie Cakes (Although it’s still my go to for Pie)
Paris Baguette (They taste off)
We are a strict no Costco Cake zone. Even with a Staff of 15… not everyone eats cake and so a your standard birthday cake size will do. Better you snooze you loose than be left with a giant waste of cake!
Just a tiny amount of thread drift, but… What do you like there? We live relatively close to the SaMo location, and we tried it once (a few pastries, not any cake, IIRC). I don’t remember exactly what we got, but I thought it was very… meh.
Hah! I’ll keep it short, I promise. I like most of their savory items for a few reasons. I like that you can get their (decent) tortillas as something prepared or in a pack, the sandwiches are cheap and a nice snack and it’s cool they offer pretty solid vegan options. That said, they’re not my go-to and I tend to only go there if I’m nearby.
You’re asking for Top 3 Cake Shops to pop into without reservations. I presume this is for an after-dinner dessert and not to buy a whole cake? I ask because my Top 3 for a slice of cake after dinner and my Top 3 cakes, period, aren’t the same.