Baked into bread might be ideal for winter, but come summer, I want my bananas in a pudding, preferably layered with fresh-sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers (whole or crushed, I’m not picky). I’ve found three different puddings worth exploring around the South Sound. Take a look:
Lizzie Lou’s Too 2302 Pacific Highway E., Fife; 253-248-4611 or Facebook
The banana pudding ($2) at Lizzie Lou Too’s was so thickly whipped, the pudding gripped the spoon. Served in a plastic container - with a lid for easy transporting - the take-out dessert balanced intense banana flavor with modest sweetness. I appreciated the pudding-to-banana ratio in favor of pudding. Lizzie Lou’s is a month-old dining counter inside Destination Harley in Fife. The restaurant has a sibling business, the Lizzie Lou’s Comfort Food truck.
Southern Exposure2715 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-272- 2514 or southernon6th.comSouthern Exposure’s banana pudding ($4) tasted like something straight out of your grandma’s kitchen. The pudding carried the texture and flavor of the ‘50s era puddings reminiscent of the boxed kind, the type with a looser, soft texture and heavy sweetness. The ratio skewed higher on bananas and wafers to pudding. Ours was still warm and tasted freshly made.
Corina Bakery602 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-5070 or corinabakery.comDubbed “banana crack” around town, the bakery long has produced this plastic cup layered with thick pudding, fresh-sliced bananas and Nilla wafers. At $2.99 it’s a solid deal considering the cup’s big enough for sharing. Occasionally, they don't have the pudding, so do call first. If they’re out, you can always pick out a brownie made with Valhalla Coffee ($2.75)