Central City Restaurant offers authentic
New Orleans Cuisine with Neighborhood Feel
By JOYCE KYLES
Tourists visiting New Orleans have an expectation of enjoying creative, delectable dishes that delight the palate and tell a story. For uniquely created cajun style cooking infused with southern hospitality and culinary traditions, Heard Dat Kitchen, 2520 Felicity St., is just the place. Every aspect of the restaurant, from its name and location to its signature dishes is strategic and well planned to provide you with a lasting impression.
“I’m in the memory-making business,” says owner Jeffery M. Heard, Sr. “In a city known for great food, I want our customers to reflect on the meal they had at Heard Dat Kitchen when they leave. The work of my team is rewarded daily by our returning customers who we’ve gotten to know by name, as well as by the many visitors who’ve heard about us, and sought us out to confirm what they’ve read and heard.”
One can find traditional dishes such as red beans and rice as well as shrimp and grits on Heard Dat’s menu. But, Heard Dat Kitchen has also built its solid reputation on some of its more signature dishes. Consider trying menu items such as the Skeesh Salad or the Crawdat Fries—french fries with homemade cheese crawfish cream sauce. Other well-known signatures include the Bourbon Street Love, Dat Plate, and the Mardi Gras Mambo.
The ultimate tourist and hometown favorite continues to be the Superdome. This creative signature dish includes blackened fish, lobster potatoes, lobster cream sauce, sweet corn, and crispy onion rings. The presentation for this dish is unusual, creative, and fun to eat.
Heard decided to incorporate his family name when naming the eatery as a spin on New Orleans’ world famous “Who Dat” catchphrase.
Heard worked in the hospitality industry as a waiter and in other capacities for over 30 years and has always loved people and community. His passion for cooking, however, came at an early age, having spent time daily in his mother’s kitchen.
“I always loved serving others and seeing the expressions on their faces when I would present their meals to them,” he says. “I was encouraged by friends and family to open my own restaurant based on my natural, self-taught culinary skills, eye for presentation, and commitment to elegance and customer service. After much thought, prayer, planning, and surveying the community for input, Heard Dat Kitchen is now in its fourth year of operations.
What you get when you visit Heard Dat Kitchen is a winning collaborative of authentic hospitality, creative signature dishes, affordable cuisine with true neighborhood culture and feel. Central City’s Heard Dat Kitchen invites you to create a memorable experience that will be sure to have you coming back again and again.