At The Dutch, the Grapple Pie ($10) comes with a perfect lattice crust. All buttery with the right balance between crisp and flaky. A grapple is a hybrid fruit that has the appearance of an apple but flavor and taste of grapes. (The best of both worlds?) The apples are tender to the fork in a sauce sweet with brown sugar, little grapes popping in each bite. There are slices of red wine poached pears and a wicked scoop of Rum Raisin ice cream to accompany. While the rum element might be faint in flavor, the plump golden raisins and frosted peanuts make this a very complete dessert. The Dutch is packed during lunch and dinner but if you come in the late afternoon and grab a seat at the bar, the place is all yours.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.