The 10 Best Places for Dessert in North Dakota!

The best part of a meal is the dessert, so make sure you’re getting only the highest quality! With chocolate lava cake, crème brulee, cheesecakes, tiramisu, and much, much more, these 10 North Dakota restaurants have just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

1. The Starving Rooster, Bismarck and Minot, ND

This friendly and inviting establishment has an industrial and modern vibe with warm and welcoming staff. They offer a large selection of beers, wines, mixed drinks, and pub food, as well as decadent desserts like chocolate molten lava cake, carrot cake, double chocolate chip brownie, and candied maple bacon ice cream.

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2. Maxwells Restaurant & Bar, West Fargo, ND

Maxwell’s Restaurant & Bar in West Fargo is well known for their award-winning cuisine served up in a hip, contemporary atmosphere. The menu has salads, soups, fish, tenderloin, pasta, and burgers, but their best plates are on the dessert menu such as their famous chocolate lava cake, banana chocolate chip bread pudding, creme de menthe cheesecake, passion fruit crème brulee, and homemade artisan ice cream.

3. Little Blue Elephant, Minot, ND

Make sure to bring a big appetite to the Little Blue Elephant so you can try the delicious Asian cuisine and still have room for dessert! One of the best sweet treats is the banana rolls drizzled with honey, but there are plenty other options to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

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4. Hot Cakes Cafe, Hankinson, ND

The charming small town of Hankinson is perfect for the quaint Hot Cakes Cafe, loved by locals. Their menu favorites are the homemade burgers, baskets, and comfort food. Make sure to ask about their daily specials! They have plenty of dessert options but the best is the made-from-scratch pies!

5. Deaner’s Diner, West Fargo, ND

This friendly neighborhood diner treats its customers like family with unbeatable service and huge servings, all at great prices. The best part is that breakfast is served all day! After your meal, make sure to try a dessert like homemade pies, cookies, apple crisp, rhubarb crisp, bread pudding with caramel sauce, and ice cream!

6. Primo at Grand Hotel, Minot, ND

This elegant restaurant offers Italian-inspired cuisine in a luxurious environment. Primo supports North Dakota business by sourcing as many ingredients as possible locally. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but no matter the time of day, you’ll want to take a look at the dessert menu! It features favorites like apple caramel bread pudding, deep dish apple pie, milk chocolate and caramel galaxy cake, salted caramel brownie sundae, lemon berry mascarpone cream cake, and wild strawberries and cream cake.

7. Porter Creek Hardwood Grill, Fargo, ND

Fargo’s Porter Creek Hardwood Grill specializes in contemporary American cuisine and takes inspiration from California and Mediterranean influences. The cornerstone of the restaurant is the wood-fire oven where temperatures reach nearly 600 degrees, allowing them to perfect their signature dishes. Their dessert menu is also to die for and includes items like apple cranberry bread pudding, banana ice cream cake, chocolate molten cake with salted caramel, goat cheese cheesecake, and lemon custard.

8. Santa Lucia, Fargo, ND

Since 1970, Santa Lucia has served up delicious Greek and Italian cuisine for Fargo. This restaurant’s specialty is their gourmet pizzas that customers can customize with a host of toppings. The dessert menu has classics as well as Greek and Italian dishes like baklava, galaktoboureko, New York cheesecake, crème brulee, tiramisu, cannoli, and baklava cheesecake. Pair your dessert with a sweet dessert wine!

9. Souris River Brewing, Minot, ND

Sure, a burger goes great with a cold beer. But make sure you don’t forget the best part—dessert! This friendly, authentic brewing company has a huge selection of both classic and creative brews. Their dessert menu has favorites like ice cream sundae, root beer float, homemade cheesecake, and whole cheesecakes made to go.

10. Fried’s Family Restaurant, Mandan, ND

This quaint cafe serves up home cooked German and American cuisine with huge servings and reasonable prices. Try some of their German inspired daily specials like schoop noodle, knoephla and kraut, rahm noodle, and cheese buttons. While they serve up delicious meals like homemade buns, huge breakfast plates, chicken fried steak, among many other classics, the real crown jewel is their dessert menu which has cheesecake, sundaes, cookies, or pies in flavors like pecan, apple, blueberry, pumpkin, chocolate cream, coconut cream, sour cream and raisin, lemon meringue, rhubarb, and banana cream. You’re going to want to try them all!

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