Deserve-Worthy Desserts

baklava_darkI scream, you scream… sometimes we all scream. Oftentimes it’s for ice cream, or other treats you love to sorta-maybe-perhaps but not quite regret eating. Corvallis has a number of delicious guilty pleasures at your disposal, and lucky for you we’ve got a selection prepared. How’s that for convenience?

Yogurt Extreme,  2001 NW Monroe Ave. and 922 NW Circle Blvd.
Do you have a sweet tooth and a DIY attitude? If you love a plethora of toppings and building your own sundaes, Yogurt Extreme could yield a satisfying treat. Prices vary depending on how much your treat weighs, but if you’re up for the challenge of creating your own flavor combinations, this could be the perfect remedy for that stressful work day or midterm.

Dulce del Alma, 136 SW Washington Ave.
Del Alma is one of the swankier restaurants in town, but if you really want to impress your date, suggest dining at the restaurant’s wine and dessert bar, Dulce del Alma. Dulce offers the same tasty food and cocktails in a more intimate setting where you’ll feel less obligated to splurge on a spendy main course. Instead, sample the restaurant’s range: order some tapas and a fundido (kind of like fondue) or a Spanish flatbread, and sip the mescal-based Sangre y Arena or a Pisco Sour.

Francesco’s, 208 SW 2nd St.
This downtown spot boasts a welcoming interior and a case of 24 rotating gelato flavors, including non-dairy options. Try maple cinnamon or spice cake for fall or ginger citrus or lemon poppy seed for traditional with a twist. If cool treats aren’t your jam, Francesca’s also has coffee—the 12-ounce Americano is a steal at $2—and lunch. Pro tip: There’s plenty of table space for studying upstairs.

New Morning Bakery, 219 SW 2nd St.
New Morning Bakery has been making fresh-baked bread, pastries, cakes, and other desserts since the 70s. This versatile bakery also offers up made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner. NMB has a classic bakery feel and roomy, comfortable seating that makes it hard to leave once you’ve eaten your fill of their delicious, affordable food.

Bursts Candies, 353 SW Madison Ave.
Bursts’ chocolate is handmade in the basement and proudly displayed behind glass. The salted caramel is a customer favorite, but their specialty is velvet—and trust me, it is to die for. This cozy shop feels like home. Between candied apples, jelly beans, lollipops, and killer chocolate, it’s hard to leave without a smile. This place has been gourmet since 1938, so check ‘em out!

Baklava Mediterranean Café, 453 SW Madison Ave.
Baklava is one of those perfect comfort foods with all the important attributes. It’s flaky, nutty, sweet, and delectably glazed—no wonder Baklava Mediterranean Café’s namesake dish is such an Advocate staff favorite. Halva, nut rolls, and chocolate fudge cake are all great dessert options, too. Go for the great Mediterranean food; you’ll be back for the friendly staff and atmosphere—and definitely more baklava.

Le Patissier, 956 NW Circle Blvd.
This French-inspired gem is tucked away on Circle Avenue next to Jo-Ann Fabrics, a 24-hour gym, and PetSmart. If you’re craving flaky, buttery croissants, dainty and sweet crepes, or fine and fancy pastries, look no further. Le Patissier probably has something you’ll want. You’d be foolish not to try an almond croissant—it’s not too pricey and definitely worth the indulgence. Coffee and espresso drinks and specialty cakes are also available for purchase.