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A bowl of custard-y heaven: The Top 10 bread puddings in Houston

A bowl of custard-y heaven: The Top 10 bread puddings in Houston

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Cafe Chino's blackberry pudding Courtesy of Cafe Chino Houston

When it comes to dessert, bread pudding is the warm, gooey counterpart to macaroni and cheese or chicken noodle soup: Delicious, familiar and with a consistency that always hits the spot. For that even-better-than-homemade taste, here are the 10 best bread puddings in the Houston area.

10. Red Lion

If butterscotch is to Canadian women as chocolate is to American ones (as How I Met Your Mother tells us), we know where to find some lovely Canucks — at Red Lion with a bowl of the rich butterscotch bread pudding.

9. Brennan's

Brennan's Creole bread pudding souffle is almost as famous as its turtle soup and bananas foster, and just as can't miss.

8. Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen

Though Tony is famous for his key lime pie, the bread pudding deserves raves as well. To be safe, probably best to order both.

7. Ruggles Cafe Bakery

Once the undisputed champion of Houston's bread pudding contenders, the white chocolate iteration is still a winner but not as dependably heavenly as in years past. When done right, the crisp of the bread balances perfectly against the melted custard center.

6. Cafe Chino

Don't normally think Asian when craving some BP? You should, particularly Cafe Chino's light and fruity blueberry croissant bread pudding. 

5. Seco's Latin Cuisine

For an ever-so-slightly south of the border take on the dish, head to Seco's for their dark and white chocolate bread pudding, light and springy with chopped pecans.

4. Black Labrador

It seems wrong to enjoy such a stereotypically Southern dessert in a British pub. Not wrong enough for us to turn down this bread pudding, though, baked with apples, raisins and cinnamon and served with apricot preserves and Brandy cream sauce.

3. Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

Just when you think this town can't handle another white chocolate bread pudding, in steps Danton's with their melt-in-your-mouth version on the brunch menu for your morning sugar cravings.

2. Mockingbird Bistro

We love chocolate as much as the next girl, but there's something special about the granny apple bread pudding here, served with cinnamon ice cream and a smidge of caramel sauce for maximum throwback-to-childhood appeal.

1. Killen's Steakhouse

The crème brûlée bread pudding here has been heralded by both foodie experts (making Food & Wine magazine's 2008 list of best restaurant dishes) and everyday folk (winning the 2010 Houston Rodeo's Best Bites competition). Soft without being dense, full of vanilla and eggy goodness but not overly sweet, odes could be composed to its perfection.