Hot choco­late, king cake and life-chang­ing co­coa.

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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

PE­TITE AMELIE

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

BOUR­BON HOUSE

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

Bour­bon House

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