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, 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, 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)