There are those who would argue that nothing beats a piece of fruit or a bowlful of berries at the end of a meal. On the other hand, many an ingenious pastry chef might be able to convince you that gilding the lily isn't such a terrible thing.
Here are some fruit desserts that would add weight to that argument.
The homey skillet apple pie at this Mexican restaurant is topped with vanilla ice cream and the restaurant's own caramel and chocolate sauce. ($7)
At this comfortable bistro, chef and co-owner Brian Shuren's flaky blackberry lemon tarte Tatin puts two types of fruit to irresistible use. ($8)
This coal-oven pizzeria-ristorante puts its own spin on the traditional banana split with a sundae featuring bananas, ice cream and Tuaca, a citrus-vanilla brandy. ($9.95)