Not a traditional bread pudding, per se, but I vote for the Bread Pudding Souffle @ Commander's Palace. So yummy!
thats a wide ranging topic for many tastes....its done so differently in so many ways that everyone has a favorite style etc....I'm with the traditional and like the ones at Arnaud's, Muriel's, and K Paul's. Rodent is the expert as she goes on a bread pudding tour every visit.
This is important to me as we'll. Rodent? What say you?
We aren't usually dessert people, but really enjoyed the bread pudding at Muriel's...in fact, we made our meal of the crayfish crepes, salad midi, and bread pudding and left very happy!
Here's what I wrote after my May trip (the first paragraph of "Food and Drink"):
Update after my last (September) trip: Mr B's was still delicious flavor-wise, but did not have the crunchy-on-the-top texture. So, for now, I would rep[lace it in my Top 5 with the Cherries Jubilee bread pudding at SoBou.
somehow I forgot Mr. B's...my true favorite...good for Rodent to jog my memory.
The best bread pudding?? Why, the one you are eating....You are unlikely to get a bad one in NOLA.
Bread Pudding Souffle at Commander's
White Chocolate Bread Pudding at Palace Cafe
Cherries Jubilee Bread Pudding at SoBou
AND as bamayankee says, "the one you are eating."
Commander's and SoBou are on my list for our visit NEXT October. And I dearly love a good bread pudding. I'll be eager to see if any of them compare to the bread pudding I make -- I use day-old donuts, especially maple or chocolate bars, apple fritters and jelly donuts. So decadently yummy when the icing and/or jelly melts and swirls throughout the custardy "bread".
bamayankee, I beg to differ. Steer clear of Cafe Pontalba's bread pudding. My votes are for Boucherie, Howling Wolf Kitchen and Mr. B's Bistro. Mention must also be made of the wonderful raspberry bread pudding made by Vera Blue when Rodent told her we couldn't find any in New Orleans.