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Now we know the day Krispy Kreme bread pudding is coming to Arlington

Duck gumbo and Krispy Kreme bread pudding are coming to south Arlington, and now we know the day.

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, the Cajun-themed sports grill backed in part by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, will open April 22 in the Arlington Highlands.

Walk-On’s has built a reputation as a reliable Cajun chain, but one menu item in particular draws attention: the Krispy Kreme bread pudding.

The restaurant cuts doughnuts into smaller bites, then soaks them in the same kind of eggs-milk-sugar-vanilla combination that’s usually used to make regular bread pudding. (Other restuarants use day-old bread, biscuits or rolls.)

Walk-On’s, based in Baton Rouge, La., is known mostly for sports-bar food such as the shrimp with “boom boom” sauce or the “Cajundillas” — quesadillas with chicken, andouille, boudin and jack cheese.

But there’s also an entree menu with dishes such as catfish Atchafalaya with etouffee, fried catfish or a grilled-shrimp wrap with maple-cane vinaigrette.

Walk-On’s will open at 401 E. Interstate 20, about 6 miles south of the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. That’s a Highlands anchor location that was formerly a Houlihan’s;

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.