Ambrosia Bakery’s king cake burger is still going strong

Felix Sherman Jr., Ambrosia Bakery’s co-owner and director of marketing, had seen New Orleans’ take on the king cake burger trending on social media.

The bakery is already known for its king cakes, and on the deli side, their burgers are a popular lunch item with locals. So Sherman and his staff went to work on their own version of a king cake burger.

“The response was pretty good,” Sherman says. “We’ve made a few and did them on Lundi Gras.” On Wednesday morning, some patrons were still asking for it.

The menu item is similar to the deli’s original take on the burger, except with a bun made from king cake dough and topped with icing and sugar in Mardi Gras colors. Customers can customize the toppings however they’d like.

“It’s been interesting to see how some people think it’s gross, then they take a bite and realize it’s pretty awesome,” he says. “It’s like you’re eating lunch and dessert at the same time.”

The burger will be on sale for “as long as people want to buy it,” Sherman says. It’s available for $6.95 with chips or a fruit cup. —Matthew Sigur