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Big on banana: Pudding made right at Corina, Lizzie Lou’s Too and Southern Exposure

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 am | No Comments »
July 14, 2014 8:25 am
Banana pudding makes me happy. This version comes from Tacoma's Corina Bakery.
Banana pudding makes me happy. This version comes from Tacoma’s Corina Bakery.

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:

Banana pudding at Lizzie Lou's Too is whipped until thick.
Banana pudding at Lizzie Lou’s Too is whipped until thick.

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 Exposure's pudding has a looser texture.
Southern Exposure’s pudding has a looser texture.

Southern Exposure
2715 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-272- 2514 or southernon6th.com
Southern 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.

Banana pudding is an easy take-out dessert at Corina Bakery.
Banana pudding is an easy take-out dessert at Corina Bakery.

Corina Bakery
602 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-5070 or corinabakery.com
Dubbed “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)

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