The High Hat Café is a very local restaurant and most of the diners are from the area. When the restaurant gets busy, the noise level is somewhat uncomfortable, especially if you are a solo diner who wants to have a good meal and unwind.
There is a Louisiana Gumbo on the menu that has a unique name. It’s Gumbo Ya-Ya. The first time I saw it was at Mr. B’s Bistro in the French Quarter (read my Mr. B's review here). Not too many other places have dared to put a Gumbo Ya-Ya on their menu as Mr. B’s has perfected it. The High Hat Café should have tried a different approach. This was a good Gumbo, but a Ya-Ya? No- No.
Here is the recipe. This Louisiana Gumbo Ya-Ya has Chicken and Andouille served in a bowl for $8.00. It did have a medium-dark roux, was served hot and had a very good Gumboroma. Those are all the good points. The Gumbo Ya-Ya had no body to it and had grease bubbles on the top and along the bowl. It also had pieces of okra which did make it a little slimy. There was plenty of chicken and Andouille and the Andouille had the best taste. The other complaint I had was there was a slight bitter taste. There was a good after burn, but I think it was from the Andouille. The rest of the menu looked very good and as I scanned the room, I saw that most everyone had the hamburger.
Freret Street in uptown New Orleans is just a few blocks from both Tulane and Loyola University and is becoming a hotspot for restaurants. Several new restaurants have opened on Freret Street over the past several months and more are on the way. Take a look at the Freret Street District here.
High Hat Cafe's Ya-Ya Gumbo