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The Four Best Restaurant Bread Puddings in the South

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Photo courtesy of Commander's Palace
Photo courtesy of Commander's Palace

This issue’s “REDUX” department provides two recipes for bread pudding (since we think this dish is just about the most comforting dessert on a bitter day). But maybe you’d rather eat out than experiment in? If so, we have you covered there too. Meet the four best bread puddings in the South, and yes, ask for two spoons if you must, or just start taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

  1. Coconut Bread Pudding / Grits & Groceries / Belton, SC
    They declined our request for this recipe since sweet-seekers come from far and wide for a taste. The addition of coconut cream and flakes take this classic dessert to a whole new level, and that’s not hyperbole. It’s worth the trip way off the beaten path.
  1. Commander’s Bread Pudding Soufflé / Commander’s Palace / New Orleans, LA
    With one employee fully dedicated to making this Creole treat, it’s no wonder this light soufflé–topped with whiskey cream and invented in 1980 to mark the restaurant’s 100th anniversary—is still such a fan favorite. Guests order an average of 3,000 per week.
  1. Apple Walnut Brioche Bread Pudding / Customshop / Charlotte, NC
    Topped with a scoop of ice cream, this pudding with apples and walnuts strikes a decidedly homey vibe. It’s big enough to share.
  1. Bread Pudding /  Goose Feathers Café, savannah / Savannah, GA
    Whether you’re ordering just a slice or the whole pan to-go, there’s no better way to end your day in Savannah than with this flaky croissant and French bread pudding, topped with an apricot glaze.