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“Life is short. Eat dessert first” is a famous quote credited to Jacques Torres. The man has a point. With all the uncertainties in life, you can’t be blamed if you want to eat the most enjoyable part of a meal first. As the weather cools down, you might find that you want a hot dessert at the end of your meal. Well, whether you eat dessert first or save it until the end of the meal, these are some great warm desserts to enjoy.
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(credit: Gary Schwind)


K’ya Bistro
1289 S Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-9718
www.kyabistro.com

K’ya Bistro, located in La Casa del Camino Hotel, is one of those place that you want to tell friends about once you’ve discovered it. Everything about this place is charming – right down to the view of Coast Highway. Here, you’ll find some great warm desserts. One is a banana-pecan bread pudding served with a bourbon sauce and vanilla ice cream. It practically melts in your mouth, and you probably won’t want to share it. The other is a flourless chocolate cake that is crisp on top and moist inside. This wonderful dessert tastes like a brownie and is served with white chocolate-raspberry ice cream.

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(Credit: Erik W./yelp)


Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen
31732 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 499-6311
www.evascaribbeankitchen.com

There are lots of great reasons to visit Eva’s, from the appetizers to the rum selection to the dessert. Here you’ll find a dessert that is simply amazing. When you order the bananas flambe, the wait staff comes to the table where the bananas are doused with rum and set aflame. The server then stirs out the flame and tops it with vanilla ice cream before it’s presented to you. If you’re here with a date, order two of this amazing dessert because sharing one won’t cut it. Another great option is their chocolate bread pudding made with dark chocolate, no-fat real eggs, dried up golden grapes, currants, rum, nutmeg and cinnamon and is a must order!

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(credit: Gary Schwind)


Nick’s
213 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 481-2200
nicksrestaurants.com

You may not expect to find a great restaurant right across the street from the San Clemente Library, but Nick’s is certainly that. It’s a happening place that always seems to have a decent crowd. Dinner here is great, but you wouldn’t be wrong to just go for dessert – particularly because of the butter cake served with vanilla ice cream. Baked so it is crisp on the outside and moist and crumbly in the center, the cake is a must order. You may not know how they do it, but you’ll be glad they do.

Related: Orange County’s Best Chocolate Cake

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(credit: Jen T./Yelp)


FIG & OLIVE
151 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005
www.figandolive.com

Fashion Island might be better known for shopping, but FIG & OLIVE is proof that you can find great food at a shopping center. Olive oil is an emphasis here, but the desserts here are great too. The menu here is seasonal, so the warm desserts (like an amazing caramelized apple tart) you find will vary depending on the time of year. Rest assured that no matter what is in season, you’ll find a great warm dessert to enjoy.

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(credit: Mike C./Yelp)


TAPS Fish House
101 E Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 257-0101
www.tapsfishhouse.com

There are a lot of great reasons to go to TAPS Fish House in Brea. From the great seafood to the impressive beer selection, one of the best draws are their warm desserts. One of the best dessert options you’ll find are the S’mores Alaska that are prepared right at the table. They’re like the treats you used to enjoy by a campfire…only better. You’ll also find a chocolate souffle as well as a bananas foster bread pudding that is topped with a banana-rum sauce. So, if you’re looking to just come for dessert, you wouldn’t be blamed!

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com

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