Delightful, charming, playfully luscious — and since I am so in love with this dessert, I'm not ashamed to say it truly made me swoon. The acclaimed butterscotch pudding at Jar really doesn't need any more fanfare — and it knows it, the way it sits so smug and haughty in its rather cafeteria-style rocks glass; you're forgiven if you think it looks like dorm food. The pudding is pure butterscotch bliss, with whipped cream and a salty caramel sauce that provide textural and taste contrasts to make you forget who you're dining with. It's the treat your mom made you when you were feeling blue — if your mother was a top-flight pastry chef. 8225 Beverly Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 655-6566;

—Libby Molyneaux

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