Best Dessert - 2012
Bananas Foster Créme Brûlée at Watermarc
448 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Not so much plain-ol' dessert as edible art, the bananas Foster crème brûlée should automatically come at the end of every meal at Laguna Beach's upscale Watermarc. Served on a rectangular white platter, one side nestles a crisp ramekin filled with creamy custard loaded with hints of vanilla and caramel—and the torched crust always gives a satisfying crack when hit with a spoon. But the stars of this show are definitely the tempura bananas, three pillows of fruity heaven, crispy on the outside and silky inside, lined up and presented on long skewers, then drizzled with more caramel.