High Hat Café located at the corner of Freret and Jena, is situated in the old Long’s Bakery building in New Orleans. It’s just one block uptown from Napoleon and even the signage looks like it’s been there for years.
This casual neighborhood café serves food from Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta in a window-lined dining room with a tile floor and functional antiques that add to the ambience. This charming corner café offers the perfect spot for people watching as you enjoy your meal.
Must Try Menu Items
Menu favorites include U.S. farm raised catfish and shrimp harvested from local waters. The mouthwatering fried catfish is sheathed in a thin, crisp cornmeal crust. It comes with hushpuppies, slaw, and hand-cut fries. That’s right, fresh real hand-cut fries.
The whole meal is an experience in Deep South cuisine that refines classic New Orleans. Other must tries on the High Hat Café menu include the Delta hot tamales which are stuffed with pulled pork and served with spicy drippings for dipping, and the dark roux, thin broth gumbo ya ya.
Other popular choices include the barbecue shrimp and fried seafood po-boys. If you have room for dessert, you may want to try the grilled doughnuts with vanilla ice cream! The doughnuts are from Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut Shop across the street.
The High Hat Café takes these fresh doughnuts and grills them to caramelize the glaze and then serves it topped with vanilla ice cream which melts creating a creamy, sweet combination you won’t forget.
Walking into the High Hat Café offers a nostalgic vibe and a cozy sense and feel you’d expect to find in a neighborhood restaurant where the waitress knows your name.
While the menu isn’t extensive, the familiar dishes are consistently delicious and the staff is friendly, helpful and well trained. When visiting New Orleans, the High Hat Café is one eatery you won’t want to miss.
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