We may not indulge in sweets every day, but when we go out to dinner with our families, it’s basically a given that we’ll browse the dessert menu.
But selecting a single solitary dessert is always a struggle… especially when you’re forced to share with the whole family.
We made the process easier for you by ranking the No.1 sweet treat at each of your fave chain restaurants. Keep reading to see what you have to order next time you dine out:
BJ’s Restaurant may have an enormous menu, but when it comes to dessert, we know exactly what we’re getting—the famed Pizookie. But the menu is much more complicated now than ever with different flavors and combos to choose from. Of all the mouthwatering, crave-inducing options, we’ve ranked the Salted Caramel Pizookie at the top. With caramel cookie dough, pretzel bites, white and dark chocolate chips, topped with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce, you just can’t go wrong. This dessert is decadent but it’s not too extra like some of the other options on the menu.
Original Cheesecake and Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake tie for first at the Cheesecake Factory. While there’s a huge variety of options at this restaurant, some stray too far from the classic dessert for our taste buds. On one hand, you can never, ever go wrong with the creamy and silky original. But for our more adventurous foodies out there, you have to order Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple cheesecake. This slice is swirled with caramel, peanut butter and fudge, with a sprinkling of Butterfinger and Reese’s to top off the rich taste.
Nachos in any and all forms is one of our favorite dishes. How can you go wrong with chips piled with delicious toppings? Easy answer: you can’t. These nachos take first place in the dessert category with their crispy cinnamon sugar tortilla and heaps of vanilla ice cream, loaded with breaded cheesecake bites and drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces. Who’s up for a lunch break? Meet you at BDubs in 15.
P.F. Chang’s dessert, The Great Wall of Chocolate, may be hard to resist, but in our opinion a chocolate cake is a chocolate cake is a chocolate cake. And anyway, we didn’t come to this Asian-inspired establishment to eat our weight in a cake that rivals the one from Matilda, did we? No. Our favorite dessert at this China Bistro are the banana-filled spring rolls that come drizzled in a vanilla caramel sauce and served with coconut pineapple ice cream a la mode.
When eating at Cracker Barrel, you have to be ready to go big or go home. Everything about this menu is rich in flavor and comfort, but you have to save room for dessert. Their Baked Apple Dumplin’ is sure to wow—and then send you into a food coma. Warm apple covered in pastry coated in pecan streusel and dolloped with ice cream and apple topping. This dessert will warm you inside and out.
Chocolate cake is a staple at birthday parties, but if you’re going to order one at a restaurant, it better be oozing with fudgy lava. While Chili’s boasts a variety of classics on it’s dessert menu, nothing compares to the molten chocolate cake that’s topped with ice cream and a chocolate shell. Sure, you may think the skillet chocolate chip cookie is calling your name, but at the end of the day, it’s nothing more than a Pizookie imposter.
Even if you’re not big on pies, you’ll quickly discover that a single slice of this dessert simply isn’t enough. Your taste buds will want to relive this dessert for the rest of the week so your only option is to buy an entire pie. To contrast the silky citrus filling, this dessert is crusted in roasted pecans to deliver that textured touch a key lime pie needs.
This dessert doesn’t promise to be the most high-brow option on the menu, but it doesn’t care because the desserts just don’t compare when it comes to taste and satisfaction. You’re basically ordering a serving of Oreo cookie sandwiches filled with cookies and cream ice cream—but with thick cookie chunks and Ghirardelli chocolate drizzle, how can you choose anything else? Easy, you can’t!
If you’re in the mood for snagging a quick dessert on the go, click HERE for our taste test of Burger King’s new Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshake.