It is an important holiday and one that we celebrate religiously.
So this morning we arose early and skipped our ritual visit to Frady’s One Stop and instead rolled west toward Treme so we could sample the goods from the legendary Dwight Henry.
Mr Henry is by some accounts a rogue and by other accounts a genius. We stand firmly in the middle and only judge the man on his donuts, buttermilk drops to be precise.
Walking into the old Farria’s Cafe, the smell of yeast and fried dough fills the air. The sweets case is flat-gorgeous. Mr Henry’s dessert work has been well-documented and his pastries are beautiful.
To forfend diabetes we limit ourselves to two buttermilk drops, answer a few questions from the staff regarding our photography, then make our way out the door so we can retire to the 9th Ward.
At .94c apiece these donuts are not cheap but value is afoot as each one has good heft. The crumb of the pastry is fairly dense and the sugar content is appropriately low. Buttermilk drops are not sweet-bombs. The best ones strike a good treacle-balance and these are near the top of New Orleans hierarchy.
Henry’s Buttermilk Drop offers a variety of savory foods to go with the sweets they’re focused on. Shrimp and Grits for $5.50 sounds like a steal and we can hardly wait to get back by there to see if Henry’s savory game can stack up with his donut work.
1401 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA