The recipes at Tee-Eva's Old Fashioned Pies and Pralines roll five generations deep. Eva Louis Perry?known as Aunt Eva?opened her shop in 1989 to sell pralines and pies made from her grandmother's recipes. After making a name for herself with features in national magazines and on television, she passed the entire business, recipes and all, down to her own granddaughter in 2000. The pralines tempt sweet teeth with creamy richness punctuated by the crunch of pecan, while the pecan and sweet-potato pies are crafted with authentic, never reconstituted, Louisianan Cajun and creole spices.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Mr. Apple is the place to go to savor crisp granny smiths coated in creamy caramel and other dustings such as nuts, cookies, and holiday-inspired decorations. The shop also outputs inventive concoctions, such as chocolate-dipped bananas and strawberries, pralines, almond clusters, and practically anything a witch would use to spackle her gingerbread drywall.
Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
A local hangout adorned with hexagonal tiles and a sea of wall doodles, Hey! Cafe serves a wide selection of coffee, tea, pastries, and more. Guests can fill jet packs and gullets with caffeinated sippers such as a steamy cup of fair-trade joe or an iced latte ($3.75). Those seeking more relaxing entry to the day can hire a flock of songbirds to gently serenade them from slumber or opt for a fragrant specialty tea, such as jasmine or peppermint, served hot or cold ($2.25). Nibblers can pair beverages of choice with a meaty or vegan sandwich ($6.25) or pastries and snacks from local bakers, such as a red-velvet cupcake ($2.75). Hey! Cafe welcomes studious types and recreational web surfers to linger at spacious study tables while taking advantage of free WiFi. With an outdoor patio, late hours, a dog-friendly policy, and occasional live music, the eatery accommodates everyone from night owls to four-leggers to guitar heroes.
Touting more than 50 flavors of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating menu may include flavors such as royal red velvet, refreshing melon, and chocolate peanut butter. Most flavors fall within the range of 30?40 calories per ounce, with dairy-free options and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits or a sprinkling of nuts. The flavors contain ample amounts of probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
Local police officer Brandon Singleton spearheads Blue Dot Donuts Uptown, an emporium of decadent doughy confections that caught the attention of New Orleans Magazine and Where Y'at Magazine. The store's new location?opened in January 2014?serves up a rotating selection of more than 50 types of donuts, twists, long johns, and bowties each day, including singular flavors such as maple with bacon, peanut butter and jelly, and cinnamon-sugar cake. A selection of chocolate and glazed donut holes serves as both quick snacks and makeshift foosball replacements.