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It would be enough for James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Celina Tio simply to offer a great dessert selection. But it gets better: Each of her creations is just four bucks. And despite the low price, they're not "mini desserts" — one of the big restaurant trends of 2011 — but ample enough for a couple to each take a few good-sized bites. "I could put them on a long rectangle plate with a lot of sauces and charge $12, like some restaurants, but that's not what we do here," Tio says. Standouts among her current dessert repertoire include nostalgic comfort food (chocolate pudding with a gingered sugar doughnut) and flashier satisfactions (the bread pudding, soaked in a stout caramel, that she invented for a certain reality-TV show). Even without its mouthwatering value, though, Julian's is the classiest, most impression-making dessert array in town right now.