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Lagniappe: In Louisiana, the word means a little bit extra or something free. It's a mostly foreign concept on Texas soil, so imagine my surprise when I ordered the Bourbon St. bread pudding at Denis Seafood House [12109 Westheimer, (281)497-1110] and received not only the best bread pudding west of the Mississippi, but also a side of bananas Foster. The dense four-inch-square hunk of milk-and-egg-soaked bread, punctuated with walnuts and raisins and topped with meringue, is drizzled with a vanilla-bourbon sauce that engulfs and surrounds the dessert. And guess what appeared in that delicious sauce? Bananas Foster, as if bobbing in a moat around a fortress. A demure helping ($1.95) is available at lunch, but for me, nothing less than the full portion ($4.95) will do. And you best keep your forks to yourselves; I eat the whole thing myself.

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Paul Galvani