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Fall and winter months are the perfect time for hot desserts. Restaurants seek out warm spices and flavorings to complement seasonal ingredients. While a scoop of ice cream, a piece of chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies are dessert favorites, Los Angeles restaurants and cafes are creating some of the best sweet grand finales for diners this year.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 352-9300
www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

Blue Ribbon Sushi is known for its delicious and fresh sushi, but they also offer some great desserts. The sushi bar serves a one-of-a-kind ginger bread pudding. Decadent in every way, this bread pudding dessert is topped with crystallized ginger and a luxurious warm caramel sauce. Blue Ribbon, which lauds from NYC, found inspiration for this dessert when the east coast Blue Ribbon Bakery Market had too much of a good thing – leftover bread. Since then, the ginger bread pudding dessert has become a staple (created by owner/chef Bruce Bromberg) for the restaurant and is the perfect way to end a Blue Ribbon Sushi experience. Blue Ribbon Sushi is located at The Grove, and treats patrons to family-style Japanese fare. Another great option is their banana-split. Made with red bean caramel, hot fudge, macadamia nuts and lychee, it’s a must order and one you won’t want to pass up. If you’re wondering what dessert to get, just sample both!

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Barton G. LA
861 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 388-1888
www.bartongtherestaurantla.com

Self-described as West Hollywood’s “culinary theatery,” Barton G. LA is able to translate decadence through its dessert creations in its “ever-evolving” and playful menu. This winter season, guests will discover a classic dessert favorite, churros and hot chocolate, turned up a few notches. Mercadito churros are fried-to-order, have a golden crunch and are dusted with the warm notes of cinnamon and a specially-concocted Chinese spice sugar. Churros are served with a pot of spiced hot chocolate (with a Chinese five spice and also with cinnamon) that is frothed up with a molinillo whisk.

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FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
www.figandolive.com

Founder Laurent Halasz draws inspiration for FIG & OLIVE’s seasonal menus from his idyllic upbringing in Mougins. One dessert men you’ll definitely want to try out is their caramelized apple tart. One of the more popular desserts, this tart is a crisp puff pastry with caramelized apples and is topped with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream. Also, a favorite in the South of France, the restaurant’s poached pear dessert is presented in a spiced orange juice, featuring autumn flavors at their best. Citrus, honey, vanilla and cinnamon and rosemary come together beautifully for the pear. Topped with lightly whipped mascarpone and crushed pistachios, the poached pear plate comes with a crisp ginger biscuit. Pears are seasonal gifts, which have distinct textures depending on the variety, and are perfect candidates for poaching.

Related: Pick Your Own Fruit And Veggies At Underwood Farms

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Amorino
9605 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(424) 335-0317
www.amorino.com

Amorino, the Ile St. Louis Parisian-born gelato shop, has taken center stage in Beverly Hills. Combining the hot cold sensory experience, Amorino makes fresh-to-order traditional Belgium waffles, which is topped with the gelato that has made Amorino an international favorite. Fans love biscotto gelato, which is made from Belgian biscuits, caramelized sugar cane, cinnamon and nutmeg – a unique flavor perfect for cooler fall and winter months. Strawberry or apricot jam, chocolate, caramel, gianduja (similar to Nutella) and Chantilly cream also make delicious toppings.

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The Little Door
246 26th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 310-8064
thelittledoorsm.com

Along with its counterpart in West Hollywood, The Little Door Santa Monica is a charming nook for dining. While here, you’ll want to make sure to experience the excellent California cuisine influenced by French-Mediterranean flavors and ingredients. Executive Chef T. Nicolas Peter masters the celebrated and not-to-be-missed French classic dessert – chocolate soufflé. Baked to order, this not too sweet genius is created with decadent chocolate. Warm and molten in the middle, chocolate soufflé is served with the traditional accoutrements of crème anglaise, warm chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

Related: Best French Cafes, Bakeries And Restaurants In And Around Los Angeles

Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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