This place does not present itself in the same glam manner as its neighbor (and primary competition) Sucre, but their product is by far the best of their dessert niche. They make all of their gelato from scratch (that is, without a 'base' - have you ever been to an ice cream shop and while all the flavors taste different, there's something that they all have in common? usually a light vanilla flavor that most places just mix the flavors into so everything kinda tastes the same). As far as I know they are the only place in New Orleans that does not use a base as a shortcut. Their cookies, also homemade, are outstanding, decadent and fresh. They drizzle syrup on the oatmeal cookies at some point in the process. I don't much like oatmeal cookies, but they're outstanding. The espresso is of a notably higher quality than the local coffeeshops (ones I have loved for years) - i.e. CC's (close call) Rue, PJs (blows their espresso away). They use as much green technology and disposable products as possible. For the environmentally responsible, this is a pretty unique distinction. These people basically spend extra money to make sure their footprint is just a little smaller. Never had their actual food, but as well done as their coffee / dessert items are, I'm very willing to try it if I ever make it there during a proper meal time. In short, try this place. Not flashy like the place next door, but superior in the common services.
I just tried this place for the first time today because I had a craving for some wings. To my surprise, their food was AWESOME! It was hot and fresh and I can tell that they make their own sauces. I had the honey mustard wings, hush puppies, Cajun fries, and ghetto punch (lol, yes....it's the actual name of the drink). The sauce was sweet and tangy and they put a lot of sauce on the wings. I wish more wing places would do that. The ghetto punch is that old classic. You know the punch they usually serve at Black gatherings in a punch bowl :). You definitely get your money worth because I am so full that I feel like I'm about to explode. I'm full for the whole weekend now. Please make this your next stop. Their restaurant is CLEAN too! One of the cleanest places I've seen by far. They also have FREE Wi-Fi service so you can bring your laptop or notebook and watch the game on their big screen TVs or get some school assignments done on the laptop.
I recently had my daughter's 7th Birthday party @ Cafe au Clay and I have to say it was the best party ever. We had 25 kids attending and everything was so perfect, they played around, painted some pottery (not just pottery, but real masks handcrafted there) and just had a great time! The owner, Kate, and her staff made every effort to make us and our guests feel at home (and believe me, at some point I thought I was home...). And the best of all, NO MESS TO CLEAN UP, they took care of everything!!!! Almost everyone made a positive comment on the place and also on how lovely and welcoming they made us feel. I highly recommend it not only for a party or event, but also for a fun and relaxing treat to yourself. Thanks, Kate!!