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Michael Lachowicz's bruleed banana slices and toasted pistachio financier topped with Italian meringue


5 Calorieworthy Splurges

By Laura Hine

Photo by Michael Navarro


The feast is on! From dazzling debuts to dishes we crave, the North Shore's dining scene is tastier than ever.

George Trois at Restaurant Michael
This deconstructed dessert may already be replaced on the tasting menu by a summer-inspired ending, but no matter what Michael Lachowicz creates, you can count on it being beautiful and tasty. 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka

Bella Via
Can you save room for dessert? It’s a question worth asking when executive chef Maurizio LoBosco’s pastas appear tableside, but do save a few bites for the oh-so-light triple-layer milk, white and dark chocolate mousse. Since it’s ephemeral, you certainly have room. 1899 Second St., Highland Park

Hoosier Mama
It's a full-service restaurant with amazing breakfast biscuits, savory pies, salads and sandwiches, but it’s Hoosier Mama’s sweet pies that cause tremors of joy when one approaches the glass counter to see what the day’s offering might be. Pro tip: Every evening, the chef offers a plated flight of three small slices that you choose from the day’s offerings—a new definition of “happy hour.” 749 Chicago Ave., Evanston

The always inventive NaKorn offers a summer dessert of fresh mango with coconut-sweet sticky rice, mango sorbet and a liquid mango “yolk” that is surrounded by toasted coconut flakes and a salted-coconut sauce. It will inspire photos before tastes. 1622 Orrington Ave., Evanston

You have to love a chef who makes every dessert on the menu gluten-free. And we’re not just talking sorbet or creme brulee. Instead, Chocolate for Two and Then Some plates a beautiful dark chocolate sponge cake and adds milk chocolate budino (an Italian pudding), roasted hazelnuts and Fabbri Amarena cherries (those good dark ones). Bring a friend. 28 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff