USA TODAY asked readers to weigh in with their favorite desserts served at restaurants and they responded with a coast-to-coast cornucopia. Some excerpts:
•Chocolate cream pie, Amphora Bakery, Herndon, Va.
"Worth driving over county lines in 5 p.m. (Washington) D.C. traffic for"
— Carmen Shirkey, Richmond, Va.
•Ice cream sundae, Bonnie Doon Drive-in, Mishawaka, Ind.
"I rarely visit my home town but when I do, I stop by for a sundae and it reminds me of how good ice cream used to taste."
— Gulie Scherzinger, Palm Beach, Fla.
•Chocolate cordial pie, Grand Finale, Glendale, Ohio
"A charming treat in vintage style."
— Betty Arthungal, Fairborn, Ohio
•Baklava, I-84 Diner, Fishkill, N.Y.
"They've good oodles of goodies."
— Herb Krauss, Holliston, Mass.
•Banana caramel pie, Mammy's Cupboard, Natchez, Miss.
"The most sinfully wonderful dessert ever!"
— Kristin Walker, Natchez, Miss.
•Bananas Foster, Bluegrass, Highland Park, Ill.
"The server brings a giant martini glass filled with ice cream and proceeds to pour the banana mixture on top and then adds Chantilly whipped cream on top. What a treat!"
— Doreen Huro Michelini, Chicago
•White chocolate mousse, Birraporetti's, Arlington, Texas.
— Toni Vitanza, Clemson, S.C.
•Chocolate Intemperance, Pleasant Peasant, Atlanta.
"It gives the phrase 'death by chocolate' a whole new meaning."
— Ed Ferrell, London
•Flourless chocolate torte, James Buchanan Pub & Restaurant, Mercersburg, Pa.
"Rich and smooth, it's the perfect end to a perfect meal."
— S. Dionne Moore, Mercersburg, Pa.