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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hooker's Bread Pudding a Taste of New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 12:11 PM

click to enlarge Bread pudding with caramel sauce ($5). - JOHN BIRDSALL
  • John Birdsall
  • Bread pudding with caramel sauce ($5).
Day-old Hooker's Sweet Treats combines a brooding sense of 19th-century style with vivid tastes ― including owner David "Hooker" Williams' boyhood-inspired bread pudding, and coffee drinks from some of the first batches of beans from Sightglass's in-house roaster.

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  • John Birdsall
Williams has expanded slightly beyond the salted, chocolate-covered caramels Hooker's is best known for. Warm New Orleans bread pudding (Williams grew up in Louisiana) is wonderfully dense and crisp-surfaced ― studded with raisins and pecans ― under a satiny, butter-enhanced caramel sauce. Fantastic. Later in the day, the pudding will give way to caramel popcorn and, of course, those caramels. French-press coffee and espresso drinks, like we said, from Sightglass beans.

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  • John Birdsall
Williams says he wanted the interior of the small shop and production kitchen to evoke the Louisiana he knew. There are pewter-y dark blues, semi-rusted acanthus-leaf sconces from local lighting designer Kevin Randolph, and a glass-paned mercantile counter from an old candy store.

Hooker's Sweet Treats 442 Hyde (at O'Farrell); open Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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