High Hat: Soul Food on Freret Street

If you are looking for some good old fashioned southern soul food, High Hat in Uptown New Orleans is the place to go. Located at 4500 Freret St (on the corner of Freret and Jena), High Hat serves the southern classics, with great service, in a casual atmosphere. High Hat only serves U.S. farm raised catfish and the shrimp and gulf fish come from local waters. As their website states, “It’s Southern. It’s Local.”

High Hat is a casual dining experience. This is not a place with white linen table cloths. Dressing up is not required; but the place is clean and inviting. The environment is great for a relaxed meal. The service is usually pretty quick, and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. There is also a full bar, with beers on tap and a decent cocktail selection, making this a good place to get a drink as well. One thing to check out is their specialty ice teas (non-alcoholic), which go great with the food.
There might not be a place in the city that serves a better assortment of soul food. Catfish, BBQ shrimp, roasted chicken, poboys, sandwiches, and burgers, among other options, are all delicious. This place doesn’t serve breakfast, but that doesn’t stop them from offering a burger with a fried egg. I often order the slow roasted pork poboy and Cuban sandwich, and I have been told on good authority that the oyster remoulade poboy is tasty. However, my favorite dish is the fried chicken, served only on Tuesday. Perfectly breaded and very juicy, if you like fried chicken don’t miss the opportunity to try High Hat on a Tuesday. This dish is served with sides of braised collard greens and pimento mac & cheese. Other side options include green beans, okra and tomatoes, grits, coleslaw, and fries. The side options alone make this place worth a visit, and oftentimes the sides are all you need. Any three sides, together with cornbread, can be ordered together as a meal.
If you manage to leave room left for desert, High Hat has a unique option: the grilled glazed doughnut served with ice cream. It is really good. They also serve various kinds of pie.
Obviously, much of this food is not particularly healthy. But soul food once in a while is good for the soul. Your body can forgive you for indulging once in a while.


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