What could be a better finale to a romantic dinner than a sinful dessert with your loved one? Restaurants listed below offer many choices for those with sweet tooths. Price ranges and specialties are noted.
AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa) and C (Choice). "Free parking" indicates that the restaurant has a parking lot; otherwise expect street and commercial parking. "Full bar" indicates the restaurant is licensed to sell liquor, wine and beer.
Claude's Restaurant, 9021 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. 258-0405. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, 5:30 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch and 4:30 to 9 p.m. for dinner Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Desserts range from $2.50 to $9.25. Specialties: French pastries, such as strawberry and apple tarts, napoleons, chocolate cakes, cream puffs, chocolate mousse, cream caramel, peach melba, cherry and strawberry jubilee, ice cream and sherbet.
Gabriel's French Provincial Inn, 4730 Ijamsville Rd., Ijamsville. 301-865-5500. Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cards: MC, V, and personal checks drawn on Maryland banks. Free parking. Full bar. Desserts are $2. Specialties: Chocolate chambourd cake, amaretto cheesecake, Black Forest cheesecake, chocolate mousse, Saint Honore (a puff pastry filled with cream under another puff pastry filled with rum-flavored cream with melted caramel sugar poured on top), creme de menthe and Kahlua parfaits, strawberries Gran Marnier.
Maryland Inn, Treaty of Paris Restaurant, Church Circle, Annapolis. Metro number: 261-2206. Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Street or commercial parking. Full bar. Desserts are $3. Specialties: Strawberries with cream, liqueur or ice cream, New York marble cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate layer cake garnished with Bavarian chocolate cream, sponge cake, coconut custard pie, chocolate fudge pie with whipped cream, ice cream and sherbet.
Memories, 8500 Annapolis Rd.(in the Sheraton Northeast Hotel), New Carrollton. 459-6700. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Restaurant has a lounge. Desserts range from $1.50 to $5. Desserts include carrot cake, chocolate mousse cake, Gran Marnier cake, assorted sorbets and ice creams.
Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. 365-2425. Hours: noon to 2 p.m. for lunch Tuesday to Friday, 6 to 10:30 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. for lunch Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Desserts range from $3.50 to $4.50. Specialties: White chocolate mousse cake, chocolate cake with Cointreau, strawberry tart, chocolate mousse, strawberries and raspberries.
Royal Mile Pub, 2407 Price Ave., Wheaton. 946-4511. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Cards: AE, MC, V. Metered parking during day. Free parking after 7 p.m. Full bar. Dessert is $1.75 per portion. Specialties: Irish coffee, German chocolate cake, chocolate mousse cake, cherry or walnut torte.
Victoria Station, 15710 Shady Grove Rd., Gaithersburg. 948-5775. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Lounge and bar are open later. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Desserts range from $1.50 to $3. Specialties: Chocolate mousse, mud pie (mocha ice cream in a chocolate wafer crust with hot fudge) and a daily dessert special.