I happened to be motoring around Midtown Mobile between appointments earlier this week. I was just starting to think about lunch when I spotted Delish’s Dessert’s on Upham Street. I’d never really heard anything about the place, but an inner voice beckoned me to pull in anyway for a quick “look-see.”
This (above) is the A-Frame that truly grabbed my attention. A bakery also offering traditional “meat and three” plate lunches??? Hmmmm, I thought … very intriguing! The price ($7.98 including iced tea) was right, so I quickly ducked into the cool, white lace-curtained dining room. Check that — let’s call it a tea room. It had that kind of homey, Grandma’s place vibe going on.
The aroma eminating from behind the front counter was quite appetizing. So was the glass dessert case filled with fresh baked cookies, lemon bars, and heaping cake squares of various colors and flavors. And the vision of two plump black ladies working hard in the kitchen proved to be yet another welcome beacon.
Trust me, people. It tasted a lot better than it looks.
My lunch special, served in a sturdy styrofoam box, was a weighty thing of joy. Homemade meatloaf and “smashed potatoes” bathing in a good (not gummy) brown gravy, earthy field peas, a boxy chunk of yellow cornbread, and a generous portion of mayo-soaked Waldorf Salad. Leave it to us Southerners to take something healthy like chopped apples and grated carrots and then drown them all in some fatty white goop. Hey, don’t get me wrong! I can truly appreciate a well-made Waldorf Salad, but a little bit goes a long way — especially on a steamy summer’s afternoon. The meatloaf and chunky taters were the obvious stars of this shindig … or at least I thought so. That all changed when I took a closer gander at the dessert case.
What you see above is, simply put, the cake that dreams are made of. This glistening beauty is a glorious slab of Delish’s Mandarin Orange Cake. The magical creation was the featured dessert this day and I promptly caved into temptation. My personal slice of heaven proved to be moist and as light as a poofy little cloud. I suspect Cool Whip was somehow involved in the making of the mini orange-flecked icing. The taste made me think of pineapple-riddled Hummingbird Cake — or perhaps a fluffy homemade Angel Food cake topped with a mountain of rich whipped cream. It was easily one of the best things I ate all week.
My first visit to Delish’s Desserts was a very pleasant surprise.
And, oh yes, I will return for seconds!
23 Upham Street, Mobile, AL 36607
251 473 6115