Fine, call it brunch—lie to yourself if you have to. But just as the fortune cookie comes after the meal, so too should the Fortune Cookie Waffle at Tao Beach Brunch be signed, sealed and considered a dessert. Waffle batter is infused with vanilla extract for that classic fortune-cookie flavor, then pieces of chocolate fortune cookie are crumbled in so that when that batter becomes a golden-brown waffle, each spongy bite is studded with crisp cookie. The thick dessert is then topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit, warm syrup and—here’s the clincher—fortune-cookie ice cream. We rest our case. (Of course, no one’s saying you can’t have dessert for brunch …)
$18, at Tao Beach in the Venetian, 388-8588,TaoBeach.com/Brunch.