Aside from the awesome Home Wine, Beer, and Cheesemaking Shop in Woodland Hills, I don’t usually have much reason to go out to the valley. Thus my opportunities to taste the seemingly endless food options in that neck of the woods have been very limited. But I think I’ve found another reason to make the trek out there: Brent’s Tapioca Pudding.
I don’t understand the fascination with cakes, pies, deserts, and the other sweets that seem to be so common nowadays; sure they taste good, but wouldn’t you rather be eating something spicy and savory? I know I would. But lately I’ve been haunted by the lingering memory of this goddamn spoonful of tapioca pudding I tasted as an afterthought, on the suggestion of someone that claimed it’s the best one in LA. The best tapioca pudding? That’s like claiming some restaurant has the best white bread toast. But then I had a taste..oh fuck!
It’d be a waste to drive out here and not eat a proper meal, so I had the the “ultimate omelette” which includes avocado, onions, mushrooms, and muenster cheese. Plus home fries, sour cream, and a bagel with cream cheese. This should be a plate for two. Very much in the “super-sized portions equals goodness” camp. Please excuse the fact that I started eating without taking a pic first.
Yes, everyone enjoyed their meal, it was all very good, but now we get to the main reason I still think about this mini-mall deli, the damn tapioca pudding. The menu says its “made fresh daily” and since I know nothing about making pudding, I have no reason to doubt them. What I do know is that this bowl of tapioca, suitable to be shared amongst four friends, is packed with such a wallop of simply satisfying creamy flavors that it’s hard to imagine why this desert has been mostly ignored. This time around the bowl was cold, as if it had just been taken out of the ice chest, which dulled the flavor a bit. I suggest you get yours early and let it warm up, but it was still a delicious conclusion to our meal.
Maybe there’s a better tapioca out there, feel free to make your suggestions. But as far as I know, Brent’s has the best tapioca pudding around.
19565 Parthenia St.
Between Winnetka and Tampa