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Just when you thought you had experienced all possible dessert epiphanies, the raspberry shortbread tart ($6.95) rolls along at Mark's American Cuisine (1658 Westheimer, 713-523-3800). The house-made individual pastry shell is thick and moist with butter, and flaky beyond belief. It's filled to the brim with warm-baked raspberries, which bubble over with tart, fruity sweetness and ooze onto the plate with each forkful. Chilled, freshly whipped cream and fragrant mint crown this sinfully delicious creation. It's large enough to share, but you may decide not to. After all, the season for sharing is over.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

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Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


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