If you think the main course is the best part of the meal, think again. It ain’t over ‘til it’s over, and it definitely ain’t over ‘til you get to the dessert.
No matter where you end up eating, restaurants know that they need good dessert options on top of their regular offerings. Some restaurants know that some people take dessert pretty seriously, and the best desserts will make you understand why people save the best for last. It’s the cherry on top of the cake – the part everybody waits for. And no matter how “full” you think you are, you can always make a little room for dessert.
Here are 5 of the most delectable dessert finds you cannot miss:
1. Molten Chocolate Cake, Chili’s
Chili’s is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to desserts. When you think of Chili’s, you’d most likely think about its Baby Back Ribs, or its Boneless Wings, or maybe even its Quesadillas. But it’s good to know that when you eat at Chili’s you also have access to its famous signature dessert – the Molten Chocolate Cake.
With this dessert, you get moist chocolate cake that’s shaped like a volcano, and for good reason. That’s because of the molted chocolate center that mimics a volcano’s lava and erupts in your mouth as you take a bite. The chocolate volcano is then topped with vanilla ice cream and a thin chocolate shell.
2. Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake, The Cheesecake Factory
True to its name, The Cheesecake Factory knows more than a thing or two about desserts. While there are entrees and appetizers in its menu, it’s definitely known best for its delectable cheesecakes. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of cheesecake options you have, so just head straight for the one that so many are raving about – the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake.
The red velvet cake has fast gained popularity, becoming a hit among dessert fanatics. Now imagine moist layers of delicious red velvet alternating with the classic goodness of their Original Cheesecake. As icing on the cake (literally), you get the signature Cheesecake Factory cream cheese frosting. You’ll never look at red velvet the same way again.
3. Triple Chocolate Meltdown, Applebee’s
When you eat at a place like Applebee’s, chances are you’re going for the steak or the other grill combos. But Applebee’s wants you to enjoy the complete dining experience, and that is something a glorious dessert like the Triple Chocolate Meltdown can give you. Now there are many other items in Applebee’s dessert menu, but this one is the fan favorite.
Created with chocoholics in mind, the Triple Chocolate Meltdown gives you chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. It’s basically a serving of the most basic of comfort desserts – moist chocolate cake. It is covered in hot chocolate fudge, but that’s not the best part. When you bite on it, you get a taste of its chocolate fudge-filled center, which is guaranteed to bring you to chocolate heaven. To balance out the chocolate goodness, it’s served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
4. Zeppoli, Olive Garden
What Olive Garden does best is it gives you a taste of Italy, introducing your palate to the best of Italian cuisine. This is true not just for the lasagnas and gnocchis but even for the dessert. When you find yourself dining in Olive Garden, complete your dining experience by going for an authentic Italian dessert. Go ahead and try out their Zeppoli.
Zeppoli is basically an Italian pastry: soft, traditional Italian doughnuts that are deep fried to perfection. The rectangular doughnuts are then dusted with powdered sugar for a perfect touch of sweetness, and then you can dip them to a chocolate sauce. While it seems like a simple dessert, all the flavors wonderfully blend in your mouth and you are given a taste of what Italy is made of.
5. New York Cheesecake Pancakes, IHOP
IHOP has become legendary for its buttermilk pancakes, and you can’t go there without finding out for yourself why people go gaga for it. Now strictly speaking, pancakes belong to the breakfast category. But the best part about pancakes is that they can also take the form of a dessert – especially if it’s IHOP’s New York Cheesecake Pancakes.
What you get is a to-die-for stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes, together with delicious cheesecake pieces and strawberries. To complete the taste of New York, you also get powdered sugar and whipped cream. And because IHOP knows your dessert cravings all too well, for an added charge you can also add either glazed strawberries, peach or raspberry toppings, banana slices, and the best part of it all – a scoop of ice cream.