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Area Four’s skillet cookie
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Where to Eat Skillet Cookies in Boston

Here are seven restaurants that serve the classic hot-meets-cold chain restaurant dessert

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Area Four’s skillet cookie
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It’s a chain restaurant dessert staple: a warm, gooey, giant cookie baked directly in a cast-iron skillet, topped with ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge, and perhaps a variety of other toppings. Places like Chili’s, Uno, and Outback have been serving skillet cookies for years.

Here are seven Boston restaurants (that aren’t Chili’s, Uno, or Outback) where you can get that classic hot-meets-cold dessert.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Trade

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540 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 451-1234
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With ties to Saloniki and Porto, Trade serves a Mediterranean-inspired menu that extends to dessert: The cast-iron cookie is chocolate tahini, served with vanilla ice cream and sesame tuile.

2. Joe's American Bar & Grill

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181 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-4200
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Casual mini-chain Joe’s American — which is under the same ownership as fellow skillet cookie destination Abe & Louie’s (see below) — serves its cookie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauces, and glazed pecans. There are Joe’s locations in Boston’s Back Bay and Waterfront, as well as in Dedham and Woburn, plus Fairfield, Connecticut.

3. Max Brenner

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745 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 274-1741
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Max Brenner, an international chocolate-centric restaurant chain with a location in Back Bay, serves some non-dessert food, but the focus is very much on dessert — milkshakes, “choctails,” chocolate fondue, crepes, and lots more. Hidden among the huge number of options is the “baked cookie dream,” a milk chocolate chunk cookie in a skillet, topped with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate crunch shell. Sure, it’s not the most exciting option on the wide-ranging menu, but some days you don’t want to go all in on churros fondue or a waffle with 10 sweet toppings.

4. Blue Dragon

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324 A St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-8585
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Chef Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon, open in Fort Point since 2013, is a popular spot for tiki-inspired cocktails and a menu that plays with pan-Asian flavors. Save room for the single dessert on the menu, simply named “the cookie.” The deep-dish chocolate chip cookie (served warm, of course) is topped with ice cream and soy caramel sauce. Note to those with allergies: Blue Dragon is entirely nut-free and is also known for catering especially carefully to other allergies.

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The chocolate chip cookie at Blue Dragon, topped with ice cream and soy caramel sauce
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5. Abe & Louie's

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793 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-6300
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Mainstay Back Bay steakhouse Abe & Louie’s (which has one sibling location down in Florida) keeps the dessert menu pretty simple and classic, with options like key lime pie, creme brulee, and a seven-layer chocolate cake. There’s also the skillet cookie: a warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and candied pecans.

6. Area Four

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264 E Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 317-4805
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Known for — but not limited to — its excellent wood-fired pizza, Area Four (in Boston’s South End and in Cambridge) serves a skillet cookie in a rotating assortment of flavors and with various ice cream options.

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A skillet cookie at Area Four Boston
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7. The Blarney Stone

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1505 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 436-8223
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The Blarney Stone, a decades-old Dorchester institution, has a giant skillet cookie (double chocolate chip) meant for two or more people. It’s topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel, and it takes 15-20 minutes to cook, so patience is a virtue.

1. Trade

540 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210

With ties to Saloniki and Porto, Trade serves a Mediterranean-inspired menu that extends to dessert: The cast-iron cookie is chocolate tahini, served with vanilla ice cream and sesame tuile.

540 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210

2. Joe's American Bar & Grill

181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Casual mini-chain Joe’s American — which is under the same ownership as fellow skillet cookie destination Abe & Louie’s (see below) — serves its cookie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauces, and glazed pecans. There are Joe’s locations in Boston’s Back Bay and Waterfront, as well as in Dedham and Woburn, plus Fairfield, Connecticut.

181 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

3. Max Brenner

745 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Max Brenner, an international chocolate-centric restaurant chain with a location in Back Bay, serves some non-dessert food, but the focus is very much on dessert — milkshakes, “choctails,” chocolate fondue, crepes, and lots more. Hidden among the huge number of options is the “baked cookie dream,” a milk chocolate chunk cookie in a skillet, topped with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate crunch shell. Sure, it’s not the most exciting option on the wide-ranging menu, but some days you don’t want to go all in on churros fondue or a waffle with 10 sweet toppings.

745 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

4. Blue Dragon

324 A St, Boston, MA 02210
A cookie served in a cast-iron skillet is topped with a scoop of ice cream and drizzled with caramel
The chocolate chip cookie at Blue Dragon, topped with ice cream and soy caramel sauce
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater Boston

Chef Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon, open in Fort Point since 2013, is a popular spot for tiki-inspired cocktails and a menu that plays with pan-Asian flavors. Save room for the single dessert on the menu, simply named “the cookie.” The deep-dish chocolate chip cookie (served warm, of course) is topped with ice cream and soy caramel sauce. Note to those with allergies: Blue Dragon is entirely nut-free and is also known for catering especially carefully to other allergies.

324 A St
Boston, MA 02210

5. Abe & Louie's

793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Mainstay Back Bay steakhouse Abe & Louie’s (which has one sibling location down in Florida) keeps the dessert menu pretty simple and classic, with options like key lime pie, creme brulee, and a seven-layer chocolate cake. There’s also the skillet cookie: a warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and candied pecans.

793 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

6. Area Four

264 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118
A cookie baked in a cast-iron skillet is topped with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel
A skillet cookie at Area Four Boston
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Known for — but not limited to — its excellent wood-fired pizza, Area Four (in Boston’s South End and in Cambridge) serves a skillet cookie in a rotating assortment of flavors and with various ice cream options.

264 E Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02118

7. The Blarney Stone

1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

The Blarney Stone, a decades-old Dorchester institution, has a giant skillet cookie (double chocolate chip) meant for two or more people. It’s topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel, and it takes 15-20 minutes to cook, so patience is a virtue.

1505 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122

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