One of the great things about fall is dessert, a whole slew of fall-themed heaven in a dish sure to perk you up when the weather gets you down. Don’t miss out on everything from uber-indulgent pumpkin pie to healthy figs … well, they’d be healthy if they weren’t in a delicious sticky toffee pudding from The Playground. Dieting is for after the holidays. Dig in guilt free while you can.
Bonert’s Slice of Pie
2727 South Susan St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
If it’s autumn dessert you’re looking for, go to the place that specializes in pie. Bonert’s knows what it’s doing — it has garnered 59 awards from the American Pie Council. For your autumn dessert fix, it offers both pecan pie and pumpkin pie. What’s more, both pies are available with no sugar added, so you can indulge without getting all the sugar. At $11 for a pumpkin pie or $12 for a pecan pie, the prices aren’t bad either.
3333 Bristol St. Suite 2802
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
You won’t find desserts on the Seasons 52 menu. Instead, the restaurant serves mini-indulgences, with the idea that small portions allow you to get your dessert without feeling you’ve overindulged. This fits into the Seasons 52′s overall health-forward policy: No item is more than 475 calories. In the fall, Seasons 52 not only carries the standard pumpkin pie (smaller, of course), but also offers a gingersnap dessert. Seasons 52 goes easy on the calories and on the cost. Each of these mini-indulgences is only $2.75.
The Playground DTSA
220 E. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
One of the great things about fall is that figs, truly one of the best ways to give yourself a healthy treat, are in season. The Playground does autumn desserts up right, even though it’s not as healthy when served in a sticky toffee pudding. A sticky toffee pudding made with black mission figs definitely deserves to be in your dessert line up this season. This dessert that sounds too good to be true is also very reasonably priced at $7.
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Free Soul Caffe
191 E. Main St. Suite 1B
Tustin, CA 92780
Maybe a vegan restaurant isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of dessert. If that’s the case, you’d be missing out on a good one. In fact, if you wanted to do such a thing, you could make an entire seasonal meal at this place. Start with a pumpkin Belgian waffle, a pumpkin muffin and finish it all off with a pumpkin cheesecake. An entire pumpkin cheesecake costs only $5.93.
24031 Marguerite Parkway #C
Mission Viejo CA 92692
Rhubarb pie is one of those things that not everyone likes and maybe it depends on what part of the country you called home when you were growing up. Well, if you are looking for rhubarb pie, check out Nirvana Grille, where the pie is baked in-house. It just might take you back to your childhood (which is priceless) for the price of $9.
Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.