Hot chocolate, king cake and life-changing cocoa.
A taste of king cake on restaurant menus.
NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFÉ
Famous for so many delicious things both savory and sweet, Cake Café’s king cakes are always popular and sell out fast. Call ahead to order the apple-goat cheese ring, or ask if they’ve got boudin king cake with bacon-cane syrup topping. There is no wrong; all of the king cakes rule. 2440 Chartres St., 504.943.0010
A few years ago owners Danny Akers and Jerry Mixon had a revelatory, throw-your-hat-in-the-air babka moment in Manhattan, which resulted in the unique (plain, chocolate or Nutella) babka king cakes on Petite Amelie’s menu. Their bakery case has also housed king cake donuts and cupcakes, which they say may make a return appearance this year, and Mixon adds, “I’m working on something new with Creole cream cheese.” 900 Royal St., 504.412.8065
The food here is great, for sure, but come Carnival season the bar busts out its boozy, creamy, cinnamon, almond, orange and vanilla “King Cake” cocktail, which perfectly imitates the flavor of the actual confection. In addition to the adult bevvy, the kitchen whips up Mardi Gras-inspired desserts, such as single-serving sweet dough king cakes and cheese cakes. 144 Bourbon St., 504.522.0111 —LG