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Best Bread Pudding in the Bay Area

TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 04:59 PM

I'm searching for the best bread pudding in the Bay Area. Any recommendations?

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    rdabke RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 05:11 PM

    www.crownpub.com/map.html 331 Hartz Avenue, Danville, California, 94526 Phone (925) 855-2185

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      rtmonty RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 05:22 PM

      The chocolate bread pudding at Frescati is outstanding.

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        MikeW RE: rtmonty Feb 28, 2007 08:37 AM

        I agree. It's white and dark chocolate bread pudding with ice cream and probably my favorite dessert in the world. It certainly is the best smelling dessert in my opinion.

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        chezchristine RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 05:34 PM

        I had an amazing mixed berry bread pudding at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville.

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          Hunicsz RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 05:36 PM

          I had a wonderful orange bread pudding at Cesar some months back, but I haven't seen it since.

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            JasmineG RE: Hunicsz Sep 8, 2006 03:08 AM

            I love that one at Cesar, and I see it on their menu all the time.

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              bbulkow RE: JasmineG Mar 1, 2007 08:26 AM

              Had bread pudding at Cesar Piedmont last month. Yum, although their cookies were better. I'm not sure the cookies are on the standard menu.

          2. urseberry RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 05:50 PM

            The bread pudding at Tartine in the Mission district is very popular.

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              Agent 510 RE: urseberry Sep 7, 2006 08:33 PM

              I didn't like Tartine's version the one time I had it, but that might be because it was cold.

              Tartine in SF and Gregoire in Berkeley are two places that rotate through many different versions of it, which is a plus.

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                ScrileyOSU RE: Agent 510 Sep 8, 2006 12:15 AM

                Mmm, when I had the bread pudding at Tartine, it was a steaming hot bowl of goodness!

            2. Neilo RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 07:01 PM

              It's been two years...but the BP at Pesce was great. I'm also partial to Tartine's but it is overly sweet.

              1. celeste RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 08:34 PM

                I vote for the daily bread pudding at Delessio on Market Street, next to Flax. They make it from their day old croissants and it's stupendous. During summer months it's made with rotating fruits, and in winter tends to be chocolate. Deadly delicious!

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                  katya RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 7, 2006 11:16 PM

                  Yes, it's a chain, but the best bread pudding I've ever had by far was at Palomino's.

                  1. wchane RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 8, 2006 12:18 AM

                    anyone else a fan of the bread pudding at nordstrom's cafe?

                    a friend introduced me to it earlier this year, and although i wasn't wow'd off my feet i find my self craving for it.

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                      donbonus RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 8, 2006 12:52 AM

                      The chocolate bread pudding at Mezze in Oakland is quite good..

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                        janedoe67 RE: donbonus Sep 8, 2006 01:53 AM

                        donbonus....you beat me to it. I was in Oakland last week and went to Mezze. The bread pudding was some of the best I have ever tasted and the duck entree I had was AMAZING.

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                        Malik RE: TheCulinaryEdge Sep 8, 2006 01:51 AM

                        I second the bread pudding at Tartine, provided you like the fruits that they use in it that particular day. The serving size used to be huge, but they finally decided to offer two different serving sizes. I find that the small size is plenty for me.

                        I also second the bread pudding with orange-caramel sauce at Cesar, it's my favorite dessert there. I recall always seeing it on the menu, but I haven't been in a while.

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                          michelina RE: TheCulinaryEdge Feb 28, 2007 01:28 AM

                          Not traditional bread pudding, but One Market has INCREDIBLE chocolate brioche bread pudding. Pure nirvana. Wish I had the recipe.

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                            funmarysf RE: TheCulinaryEdge Feb 28, 2007 08:33 AM

                            The bread pudding at Street is amazing. Everyone I have told to try it has been absolutely blown away.

                            1. rworange RE: TheCulinaryEdge Feb 28, 2007 03:47 PM

                              I like the bread pudding at Gregoire in Berkeley (and Oakland, I guess) because it doesn't taste like bread pudding. More like a little mini cake.

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                                lmnopm RE: TheCulinaryEdge Feb 28, 2007 05:06 PM

                                The bread pudding at Vanessa's Bistro on Solano Ave. is excellent.

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                                  nicedragonboy RE: lmnopm Mar 1, 2007 09:28 AM

                                  second this opinion...just wish they'd give me more.

                                2. little big al RE: TheCulinaryEdge Mar 1, 2007 07:10 PM

                                  bread puddin from downtown bakery at Ferry Plaza Sat. marche is one of their best deals.

                                  1. Dave MP RE: TheCulinaryEdge Mar 2, 2007 09:34 AM

                                    I am eating bread pudding from Tartine as I write this....it's pretty good, but I don't like bread pudding too much so I'm a bad judge. But my coworker brought some to work today, so I couldn't refuse :) It has apples in it, which I like.

                                    My coworker also recommends Curbside Cafe for their bread pudding....on California and Fillmore in SF. He says it is the "best thing you've ever tasted in your life" and says it has cinnamon and raisins and a cinnamon dressing and it's served piping hot. I might have to try it....in the meantime, Tartine will do.

                                    Dave MP

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                                      michelina RE: TheCulinaryEdge May 8, 2008 02:55 PM

                                      Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding at One Market defies description. Just incredible!

                                      1. hot breath RE: TheCulinaryEdge May 8, 2008 03:13 PM

                                        DeLessio deli in San Francisco (Market & Valencia) has the best (croissant brioche)bread pudding that I have had. www.delessiomarket.com

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                                          BigWoodenSpoon RE: TheCulinaryEdge May 9, 2008 11:15 AM

                                          The Sourdough Bread Pudding at Looney's BBQ in Berkeley is pretty dang tasty and you certainly plenty of it.

                                          1. VanessaItalyinSF RE: TheCulinaryEdge May 9, 2008 03:25 PM

                                            My favorite is the one at Gregoire's, the little take away joint in Berkeley and on Piedmont avenue in Oakland. Every month they change the flavour, and every month it is a HIT! I love it!

                                            2109 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709

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                                              wolfe RE: VanessaItalyinSF May 9, 2008 03:30 PM

                                              This month is: Strawberry bread pudding, chocolate cream.
                                              Of course the original poster still has to be interested 20 months later.

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                                              sugartoof RE: TheCulinaryEdge May 10, 2008 02:04 AM

                                              Tartine's is super edible. That can be a rare quality in a bread pudding. I also love that they lean towards moist, & creamy with the fresh fruit, rather then that syrupy sticky brick with a pudding that couldn't penetrate the bread.

                                              Rosita Bakery is a Mexican bakery in the way out part of Mission almost at Daly City used to sell really good bread pudding. They pull off the syrupy brick style,in a noodle kugel sort of way, and it can be really addictive. Rosita does certain things well, so it's worth experimenting there rather then just judge them off one or two cookies, then figuring everything's going to taste the same the way you might with other Mexican Bakeries. I'm not sure if they're known for their bread pudding, but their bread itself has a following.

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                                                rworange RE: sugartoof May 10, 2008 09:45 PM


                                                Rosita's Bakery, LLC
                                                5488 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

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                                                zunzie RE: TheCulinaryEdge May 11, 2008 07:34 AM

                                                rnm at Haight & Steiner, and my second choice is Cesar.

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                                                  ekandgh RE: TheCulinaryEdge May 11, 2008 11:35 PM

                                                  If you're down in the South Bay, Sugar Butter Flour makes regular bread pudding and a chocolate version too. Not too heavy, not too sweet, yummy with coffee! They have two locations, one in Sunnyvale, one in Campbell. They may not always have it available, you can call ahead.

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                                                    Columba RE: TheCulinaryEdge May 12, 2008 05:41 PM

                                                    Downtown Bakery & Creamery on the square in Healdsburg. Great ice cream too.

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