Shot glass desserts new restaurant trend

How many times have you declined dessert at a restaurant because you were either too full from the meal's generous portions or just put off by the $4 to $6 cost?

The solution: dessert shooters.

These mini portions of a restaurant's most popular desserts are served in shot glasses with a price tag about one-third of the full price.

They are the latest evidence of a trend toward downsized portions offered by the dining industry to meet the demand of nutritionally savvy, calorie-conscious consumers.

"Mini desserts are just a little taste of something sweet after the meal without really being an indulgence," said Miguel Morales, manager of Carrabba's Italian Grill at Hamilton Place.

Carrabba's is one of several family dining chains helping patrons control portion sizes by offering entrees, appetizers or desserts in small and regular options.