This is my year. After years of auditioning, I have decided it is time. I will officially begin a new role which is “King Cake Connoisseur” for my family.
Now for those of you outside the Pensacola area and especially those who derive from the Creole State, you must bare with me as I am an amateur merely aspiring to become a professional.
I have tried your Duong Phuong’s and Randazzo’s. THEY ARE AMAZING.
However, I must admit, the First City itself does indeed have a good king cake.
Although a king cake, or three kings cake, has a version in many countries worldwide, the Gulf Coast version typically consists of cinnamon dough with or without icing. Many of them have a variety of flavors inside- cream cheese (YAS), strawberry, pecan praline, or the unicorn…pecan praline cream cheese!
Placed inside (after baking) is a small baby figurine. The one who gets it receives good luck and prosperity for the year…and, with their new-found wealth, is also responsible for buying the next king cake as the Mardi Gras season rolls on.
If you, too, wish to venture into the world of king cake sampling, here is a list of local hot spots for all your doughy desires.
811 W Garden St, Pensacola
* Available for pick up the Saturday following the date of order placed. Any orders placed on a Friday or Saturday will be available the following week.
11 Palafox Place Ste E
5555 N Davis Highway, Pensacola
Joe Patti’s (524 B St, Pensacola)
Bailey’s Produce (4301 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola)
2014 N 12th Ave
A savory version is also available!
Order online and pickup 715 North 15th Avenue
875 E 9 Mile Rd #9, Pensacola
6727 Caroline Street, Milton
Pick up in Cantonment or local delivery
And for those of you who eat your way through the local hot spots, there are indeed imported versions locally without a Grub Hub shipment charge.
5046 Bayou Blvd, Pensacola
400 Quietwater Beach Rd, Pensacola Beach
1021 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola
690 E. Heinberg St, Pensacola
2526 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola
If you’re dairy-free, you don’t have to miss out on the king cake fun. Here are two local places where you can get a vegan king cake:
*pre-order only (24-hour notice)
170 S Jefferson Street, Pensacola
610 E. Wright St, Pensacola
What is your favorite place to buy king cake locally?