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Where to get the best Bread Pudding

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gator14 Mar 9, 2007 04:58 AM

I love Bread Pudding and would love any suggestions about where to go to get a great bread pudding for dessert. Bonus if it's chocolate bread pudding!

  1. ScubaSteve Mar 9, 2007 05:06 AM

    Oleana had one that made my knees buckle. it was only on the winter menu which you'd have to call to see if it's in effect.

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      Harp00n Mar 11, 2007 05:15 PM

      Give us more ScubaSteve, I love Oleana & I love bread pudding. But what kinda bread pudding are we talking about here?

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        Cupcakes Mar 12, 2007 07:08 AM

        I think it's a brown butter bread pudding and it's so, so, so yummy.

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          ScubaSteve Mar 12, 2007 07:37 AM

          that sounds about right. i just remember it being a classical interpretation. very custardy/eggy with bits/chunks of bread poking through that had been crunchified.

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            Harp00n Mar 12, 2007 12:11 PM

            Thanks to you both....and now my mouth is friggin' watering!

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      Scruffy The Cat Mar 9, 2007 05:27 AM

      Depends on what kind of bread pudding you like. Figs had one with white chocolate that I thought was way too sweet, but people loved it.

      I happen to love the one at Kouzina in Newton. Cherry and apricot, very yummy.

      I do actually like the butterscotch bread pudding at John Harvard's, but in general I don't like their food (too chain-restauranty).

      1. Joanie Mar 9, 2007 06:02 AM

        Sonsie has a great choc. bread pudding. Bricco and Umbria have good bread puddings. Had a decent one at the Good Life w/ banana and caramel.

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          tatamagouche Mar 11, 2007 03:46 PM

          I agree w / Joanie that Bricco's is classic and amazing, presuming it's still made w/ the same care as it was under Iocco.

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          Melmybelle Mar 9, 2007 06:31 AM

          Skipjacks has chocolate bread pudding on their menu. I'm not a conneseur of bread pudding (or spelling of French words), but I found it really enjoyable.

          1. jsjs09812 Mar 9, 2007 07:02 AM

            Eastern Standard had a chocolate bread pudding the last time I was there that was absolutely amazing.

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              shraquel Nov 15, 2007 08:49 PM

              I have to second the Eastern Standard version. I have had it a couple times and it is everything you would dream of in a chocolate bread pudding. BUT, they have changed their menu for the season and now they list a Cherry Bread Pudding with white chocolate and cinnamon ice cream on their menu.

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                Joanie Nov 16, 2007 04:39 AM

                I was disappointed in the ES choc. bread pudding. Overdone when I had it and didn't hold a candle to Sonsie's version.

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              trotliner Mar 9, 2007 07:17 AM

              Brownstone on Dartmouth Street is doing a brown sugar bananna bread pudding that I really like....

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                jenga Mar 9, 2007 07:23 AM

                I recently had a lunch caramel bread pudding at Upstairs on the Square that was very disappointing. It was very small for $9 and tasted like syrup.

                Henrietta's table has a wonderful bread pudding on their menu. Don't get the bread pudding sundae because you get less bread pudding. Just get the bread pudding straight up!

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                  Dizzied Mar 9, 2007 07:23 AM

                  Henrietta's Table has a very rich chocolate bread pudding (I believe it's made with croissants) served with caramel and bananas.

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                    DoubleMan Mar 12, 2007 07:43 AM

                    I really enjoyed HT's version. The bananas are so perfect. And yes, the bread pudding is made with croissants.

                  2. sailormouth Mar 9, 2007 07:48 AM

                    224 in Dorchester has a pretty good bread pudding, (probably the best item on their menu, IMHO) and it's a quite generous portion too.

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                      bostondiner Mar 9, 2007 09:58 AM

                      Parish Cafe has a delicious white chocolate bread pudding, I concur that the chocolate bread pudding at Eastern Standard is quite tasty and I am still mourning the loss of Cafe Umbra's sticky toffee pudding- so completely delicious. Flour has a chocolate banana bread pudding but I'm not a huge fan because it is served cold. I've also heard that Central Kitchen has a decent bread pudding but haven't been to confirm or negate...

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                        mollyditty Feb 21, 2008 01:24 PM

                        oh, my friends RAVE about the bread pudding at Parish.
                        4 of us recently split a white chocolate bread pudding at Preza .... and i HATE white chocolate (or, at least am very stubborn about admitting it can be good at times) and it was Amazing.
                        the whole dinner was fantastic, great service, wonderful food...but the bread pudding really was quite impressive.

                      2. phipsi102 Mar 9, 2007 10:04 AM

                        Union Bar and Grill in the South End has a maple bread pudding that is intensely sweet, decadent, and delicious!

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                          Joanie Mar 9, 2007 10:40 AM

                          That sounds great, I love all things maple. Does ice cream come with it?

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                            phipsi102 Mar 9, 2007 10:51 AM

                            yup, scoop of vanilla on top! it's also sprinkled with some chunks of praline.

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                          janzy Mar 10, 2007 04:50 AM

                          I'll second 224 Boston St in Dorchester.
                          When I got it some time ago it was drizzled with caramel.
                          The best I ever had.

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                            bachslunch Mar 11, 2007 02:34 PM

                            I may be alone on this, but I liked the caramelized apple bread pudding at Stephanie's on Newbury the one time I tried it. It's not cheap, though.

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                              BarryP Mar 11, 2007 04:46 PM

                              Delfino in Roslindale has a great chocolate bread pudding which is served warm with a generous heap of fresh whipped cream on it. Awesome.

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                                Cambridge7 Mar 11, 2007 05:32 PM

                                How about quantity over quality: Old Country Buffet - with all you can eat soft serve right next to it! 8)

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                                  sopped_up_sauce Mar 11, 2007 08:01 PM

                                  Don't discount the chocolate buffet at Café Fleuri --- chocolate croissant bread pudding to die for.

                                  http://boston.langhamhotels.com/dinin...

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                                    InmanSQ Girl Mar 13, 2007 01:40 PM

                                    Let me STRONGLY second that vote! This truly is the most delicious and decadent chocolate bread pudding I have ever had! I will warn you that it is very rich (in a good way) If you don't want the whole brunch, you can show up on the day of the brunch and order an order of the cbp to go (at least I did once). Call ahead to make sure they are still ok with that!

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                                      catsmeow Feb 21, 2008 04:39 PM

                                      Ditto on the one at Cafe Fleuri.

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                                    skess Mar 12, 2007 05:53 PM

                                    The bread pudding at Japonaise (sp?) on Beacon St is just awesome. A little pricey (about $5) for the size and takeout nature but is totally worth it in my humble opinion. More casual, and if you really love it, I suppose you could stock up for later. Make sure to pop it in the oven .

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                                      ginnyhw Mar 13, 2007 11:28 AM

                                      Is it chocolate? what's the sauce like?

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                                      skess Mar 13, 2007 03:56 PM

                                      Not chocolate, unfortunately, though maybe we can get a Chowhound grassroots movement going to all go in and ask them to make it. Not much in the way of sauce over the top, but the sauce throughout is great, not thick or syrupy. Its a little caramel-y and super buttery.

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                                        nasilemak Nov 16, 2007 05:55 AM

                                        Alloro on Hanover street used to secret serve this chocolate bread pudding which was divine. But that was a long time ago, when Suzanne Goin / Salter used to be in town and was the chef there. Fortunately you could track down the recipe in her cookbook.

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                                          Rubee Nov 16, 2007 10:03 AM

                                          I was just looking at that last week (it's one of my favorite cookbooks..BTW interesting reason why it was the secret dessert at Alloro!). It's Caramelized Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Cinnamon. With your rec, I may have to try to make it this weekend.

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                                            nasilemak Nov 16, 2007 11:07 AM

                                            I greatly miss her cooking, so the cookbook is a godsend!

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                                          Snowflake Nov 16, 2007 10:13 AM

                                          Iggy's has a great Bread Pudding at it's bakery shop. You can take it home and add the ice cream yourself!

                                          1. liz and chef gina Nov 16, 2007 10:47 AM

                                            The Lyceum Restaurant in Salem served warm with rich ginger ice cream. Agreat north of Boston choice!

                                            1. ScubaSteve Feb 21, 2008 10:28 AM

                                              the bread pudding is back at Oleana!

                                              http://oleanarestaurant.com/dessert.asp

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