Where can you get your king cake fix besides a bakery or coffee shop? At some of New Orleans’ best restaurants and attractions, of course! Whether you want to enjoy it for breakfast, as a dessert or as a cocktail, use the info below to satisfy your Mardi Gras sweet tooth. We’ve even included a couple of recipes to try at home, courtesy of SoBou.
Ralph Brennan’s beloved Old Metairie restaurant has Cinnamon King Cake Pancakes with creole cream cheese icing and carnival sugar on its weekend brunch menu. Or you can start off with some house-made King Cake Kringle, topped with Creole cream cheese icing and purple, green and gold sugar.
Every day may feel like Fat Tuesday at this French Quarter restaurant, but King Cake is only on the menu during Mardi Gras season. Get a taste of Carnival culture while you can.
You can also enjoy traditional King Cake year round at the daily Jazz Brunch Buffet at the Court of Two Sisters on Royal Street.
Pick up a little King Cake to enjoy with your café au lait at Café Beignet with locations on Bourbon and Royal Street. (BTW, you can still order beignets, too. It’s Mardi Gras! Splurge!)
Don’t leave town without visiting Mardi Gras World where they design and build parade floats for 40 Carnival krewes. Every tour comes with a slice of authentic New Orleans King Cake.
It’s impossible to get the blues when you’re sipping a King Cake Cocktail at B.B. King's Blues Club. Pressing question: Do you ask for a “B.B. King Cake Cocktail” or a B.B. King King Cake Cocktail?”
Play vintage arcade games and do a few King Cake Shots at Barcadia on Tchoupitoulas Street. Is this town great or what?
Toast Rex and all the kings and queens of Carnival with a King Cake Cocktail at Pelican Club, an award-winning restaurant overlooking historic Exchange Place in the French Quarter. Check out their King Cake Coolada (pictured right) recipe below.
- Stoli Vanilla, crème de banana, crème de cacao, splash Frangelica and a cassis float.
Over Fat Tuesday weekend (Friday-Tuesday), Hard Rock Café on Bourbon Street is featuring King Cake Shots and Cocktails at their Sidewalk Bar. Let the good times rock!
SoBou, inventor of the Mardi Gras Old-Fashioned, is throwing a couple of new recipes at revelers this year: The King Cake Sua Da and the Epiphany Milk Punch. Visit the restaurant on Rue Chartres or try out the recipes below at home.
King Cake Sua Da
2 oz Espresso
1.5 oz King cake infused brandy
1 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 drop vanilla
Rim collins with frosting dipped in sprinkles. In collins, add hot espresso and stir to dissolve sweetened condensed milk. Stir in brandy and vanilla. Add ice and stir again. Garnish with a baby.
Epiphany Milk Punch
1.5 oz King Cake Infused Brandy
.5 Cardamom Syrup
2 dash angostura bitters
shake and strain into coup, sprinkles on top
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