Between jimmies and Indian pudding, Boston has more than its share of politically incorrect food names. Though you might take umbrage with the name, it’s hard to argue with the fact that Indian pudding is really pretty awesome. The very New England dish (it never quite caught on in the rest of the country) is a sort of porridge of cornmeal and scalded milk sweetened with molasses. It’s served hot and topped with ice cream. It’s hyper-simple yet incredibly rich and delicious. Sadly, it’s fallen out of fashion in the past few decades, but we used the sheer magic of the MenuPages Find-a-Food search to find three restaurants where you can still indulge your retro craving.
•Anthony’s Pier 4 is certainly not Boston’s hippest restaurant, but there’s something charmingly traditional about it and frankly, we’d be pretty sad if they started serving foie gras cappucinos next to the baked lobster Savannah. Its traditionalism makes it an ideal place to enjoy a semi-forgotten dish like Indian pudding.
•No one would argue that Durgin Park isn’t touristy, but that doesn’t preclude it from being pretty enjoyable at the same time. They limit themselves to New England classics and they do them well. Their substantial baked Indian pudding is a steal and a half at just $3.95.
•Come to Union Oyster House for the Indian pudding, stay for the history.