LI desserts that are berry good

Bistro 25 chef and co-owner Brian Shuren's blackberry Bistro 25 chef and co-owner Brian Shuren's blackberry lemon tarte Tatin. Photo Credit: Doug Young

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Believe it or not, dinner doesn't always have to end with chocolate. Berries, sweet and tart, show up inside and/or on top of all manner of great desserts.

Here are four places making the most of the fresh and colorful fruit.

CARACARA MEXICAN GRILL

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, 354 Main St., Farmingdale

This popular Mexican spot serves a moist and fruity berry tres leches cake made with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. The same berries are pureed for a sauce. ($7)

BISTRO 25

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, 45 Foster Ave., Sayville

At this comfortable bistro, chef and co-owner Brian Shuren's flaky blackberry lemon tarte Tatin puts a fresh spin on a French classic usually made with apples. ($7)

RAGAZZI ITALIAN KITCHEN & BAR , 2950 Middle Country Rd., Nesconset

Dessert is a forte at this busy Italian spot. Try the clean-tasting panna cotta, an Italian pudding served with Cointreau-steeped blueberries and strawberries. ($7)

JOE'S GARAGE & GRILL , 40 Peconic Ave., Riverhead

Chef Brian Burner, who cooks from scratch and slow-smokes barbecue on premises. But you'll want to save room for Burner's flaky-crusted wild berry pie with black cherry-vanilla ice cream. ($7)

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