The Dining Room at L'Auberge
1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
Unless you're staying at the hotel, you don't feel comfortable walking in and ordering dessert only. One hotel that not only welcomes you but encourages desserts-only diners is L'Auberge in Del Mar. You can walk around downtown Del Mar and then come into the "Dining Room" -- the name of the restaurant -- for dessert, served until 9:00 p.m. Every night executive chef Tom Atkins prepares a half-dozen desserts. There's a fresh fruit cobbler; a flourless chocolate cake; a variety of sorbets; and best of all, fresh butterscotch pudding served in a tall glass and topped with whipped cream.