The pear. It’s that rare fruit that tastes just as good going straight from the tree to your mouth as it does blended into a five-star dish. Given the international roots of the pear, it should come as no surprise that this favorite fruit transcends many different types of cuisine, showing up on menus including Italian, Mexican, and Asian influences, just to name a few.

And then there’s the American contribution: brunch! Truth be told, pears lend themselves beautifully to both sweet and savory dishes, and while we’ve leaned toward the latter here, we couldn’t help but include a few breakfast-lunch hybrids that are so good we want to get in the car right now.

We went up and down the coast, noting all the best pear dishes in this edition of Crop of the Month.

Kabuto

San Francisco

Reviews of this San Francisco sushi spot include comments like, “Get the hamachi pear or else don’t even go.” The popular dish includes side-by-side servings of yellowtail topped by sliced pears and a dollop of stone ground mustard sauce. 

Zazie

Cole Valley

This neighborhood bistro started out as a brunch hotspot, and if you’re headed in at that time of the day, the Gingerbread Pancakes with meyer lemon curd and bosc pears will leave you full and happy. Head over at dinner hour for the Country Pork Chop, which is served over braised red cabbage with apple cider and bacon ragout, and topped with bosc pears. 

Reposado

Palo Alto

Seared chile rubbed ahi, mixed greens, pears and orange, roasted poblano vinaigrette…they all come together magically in the Ensalada De Atun Sellado at this favorite Palo Alto Mexican restaurant.

Spartina

Los Angeles

Modern Italian is on the menu of this Melrose eatery, and although it’s well-known for its pasta, you should really add some antipasti to that order. Our pick: the albacore tuna tartare with chiles, lime, anise, celery root, and pear salad.

Rao’s

Hollywood

There’s that European influence, but with the kind of twist that has made Rao’s a favorite of discerning diners. The Beggar Purse Ravioli with ricotta and bartlett pear filling, brown butter, sage, and dried cranberries is a standout on this A-list eatery’s menu.

The Kitchen

Silver Lake

A scratch kitchen in a hot L.A. neighborhood turning out one delicious dish after another—that’s The Kitchen. Experimentation is part of the theme here, but the Pear Pancakes topped with caramel sauce are, thankfully, on the permanent menu.

Fig and Olive

Newport Beach

Great atmosphere and great food have made Fig and Olive a favorite in its many locations. On our next visit, we’re going right for the crostini menu, where the

Kabocha Squash with pickled mushroom and pear are a can’t-miss.

TRUST Restaurant

San Diego

Located in the Hillcrest neighborhood, TRUST combines “urban rustic food with the addition of wood fire cookery.” Choose the Black Cod with baby bok choy, miso, root vegetables, pear, salumi, mushrooms, and scallop buerre blanc to get the full breadth of their locally sourced ingredients.