These unconventional desserts are just what the doctor ordered.


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1. Almond Joy Brownie
$9, Bacar, San Francisco
Bacar offers 65 wines by the glass, but why sip when you can gorge on the decadent Almond Joy Brownie? Salted caramel serves as a foundation for a two-layer delight (fudge brownie on the bottom and coconut macaroon on top) that’s glazed with bittersweet chocolate and topped with almond toffee. 448 Brannan, (415) 904-4100, www.bacarsf.com

2. S’mores Tableside
$13, Tillman’s Roadhouse, Dallas
Forget the mosquitoes! At this contemporary version of a classic Texas roadhouse, you get to cook your s’mores indoors, at your own table. The gourmet rendition of the classic dessert includes your choice of homemade maple, orange, or coffee marshmallows; cinnamon graham crackers; and dark-chocolate bark. 324 West Seventh Street, (214)942-0988, www.tillmansroadhouse.com

3. Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée
$10, Melange, at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Creole cooking meets Asian fusion in this fantastical creation by executive pastry chef Simone Fleming. A celestial layering of white lychee pannacotta is topped with ginger-infused mango and pineapple chutney, and then it’s garnished with a sweet Thai basil tuille. 921 Canal Street,(504) 524-1331, www.ritzcarlton.com

4. Decadent Dessert Flights
$2 each, Chi Bar at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel
When your sweet tooth calls, skip the decision making and try the mix-and-match dessert flights. After all, who wants to have to decide between guilt-free shot glasses filled with dreams like Strawberry Margarita, Lemon-cello, Pina Colada, Chocolate Mousse, Pistachio, and Baileys Crème Brûlée? 301 East North Water Street, (312) 755-2227, www.chibarchicago.com

5. Jelly Doughnut Munchkin Holes
$8, Stack Restaurant at the Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas
Evocative of  those carefree days of childhood when calories didn’t count, these lemon poppy-seed babies, drizzled with vanilla-bean anglaise, are served in their own take-home box with two dipping sauces -- chocolate and caramel. Just don’t let the sugar high go to your head when you play the slots. 3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard, (702) 791-7111, www.lightgroup.com

6. Hamburgers
$12, Keystone Ranch (and other Keystone Resort Restaurants), Keystone, Colorado
These bite-size dessert versions of the real thing may fool you -- until you take a taste. Food artist and pastry chef Ned Archibald uses vanilla cupcakes for buns, chocolate cupcakes for the meat, apricot and raspberry marmalade for mustard and ketchup, and marzipan for lettuce and tomatoes. 1437 Summit County Road 150, (800) 354-4386, www.keystoneresort.com

7. Saigon Cinnamon-Sugar-Dusted Donuts
$9, Tenpenh, Washington, D.C.
Served with dark, bittersweet chocolate pudding, these light, fluffy delights are a sophisticated twist on an old-school favorite. And while they’re the most popular way to end a meal at this Southeast Asian–inspired eatery, the donuts are so delicious, some customers choose to have them as their main course. 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, (202)393-4500, www.tenpenh.com