Huey's is a cross between a diner, patisserie, and upmarket coffee shop - with valet parking. Despite his local heritage, the chef has (thankfully) eschewed including the standard local fare on the menu - there's not a po-boy, jambalaya or etoufee in sight.
The rather lengthy menu starts with breakfast, as it well should, with omelets, short staxks, biscuits and gravy, and a delightful newcomer, banana fritters. Available sides are in abundance, including fresh muffins, scones, and biscuits. Most of the breakfast plates are in the range of $5.95, not bad considering amenities like a relaxing decor, exemplary service, and linen napkins.
Eight appetizers are on offer, including a sizable pile of onion strings (the very thin and crispy kind), served with a dipping sauce; cheese and chili cheese fries, of course; and one of my favorites that I haven't seen elsewhere in the Crescent City, a heaping mound of fried dill pickle chips, served with two side sauces, a dill hollandaise, and a smokey bbq.
Along about now, you're saying "wait a sec, this doesn't sound like a diner to me!"
Well, relax, your old diner favorites are at hand: meatloaf, chicken fried chicken, chipped beef on toast (wahoo!!!), spaghetti and meatballs, burgers, and a smattering of deli sandwiches, served in two sizes: roast beef w/ horseradish, corned beef on rye, ham, and grilled cheese.
If you're in the mood for something more substantial, Huey's offers entrees as well: blue cheese encrusted strip steak, stuffed peppers, parmesan encrusted pork chops, a bread veal, and grilled fish of the day.
Huey's doesn't skimp on quantity, or the quality of the ingredients. We tried three appetizers and two mains, and all were excellent. The corned beef sandwich was made from hand-sliced brisket. The fries were hand-cut as well.
Most sandwiches are in the range of 6.95- 7.95, and entrees run up to 16.95.
Lighter appetites are appeased with an extensive "international" salad selection, including a Seared Tuna, Roasted Chinese Chicken, Brazilian Churrasco, Texas Cobb, Herb Crusted Salmon, and traditional Caesar. The ample portions are priced from 7.95 - 9.95.
Desserts are fresh baked cakes and cheesecakes. Full bar available.
Huey's is just off Canal, on Magazine and Common. Easy walk from hotels in the Quarter. Open 24/7. Large sign for the "Pelham Hotel" above the entrance tells you've reached the spot.
It's not the Humming Bird.....but nothing ever will be.... :-(