One guess as to what was number one on my New Orleans bucket list (take a look at our Solvang trip to get a clue)…yep, you guessed it: beignets! Good old fried dough and powdered sugar combined into one gloriously decadent sugar pillow. Or three, which is apparently the standard order in New Orleans. We tried beignets from two places, and I’m here to tell you which was deemed superior and which was, well, good (I mean, fried dough and sugar people, there is no bad here!).
First up, the famous Café du Monde, which is located just off of Jackson Square in the French Quarter. It can be a bit of a madhouse, but we didn’t have much trouble at the takeout window, where we got three beignets for $2.73. Apparently the coffee is famous too, but neither of us drink coffee.
Now, our B&B owner had told us these were the best in the city, but we were prepared for disappointment given how hyped they were. But, happily, we were not disappointed! They were fluffy and sugary and once we figured out how to shake the bag to get MAXIMUM SUGAR OVERLOAD we happily plowed through the three beignets. I mean, look at my happy beignet-filled face.
Next up was Morning Call, a café located in City Park. We happened there on our way to the China Lights Festival, and decided to put out $2.29 for an order of three beignets (why three, New Orleans? What is with that?).
As evidenced by the below picture, these beignets were a bit flatter (apologies for the poor lighting) and not quite as fluffy. Now, they were still mighty tasty, but despite their slightly lower price the Café du Monde beignets won out. They just had a lighter, fresher, pillowier feel.
I can’t claim to know the best beignets in New Orleans, having only tried two places. The one piece of advice I CAN give you, however, is eat beignets. Wherever they are. You won’t regret it.
Café du Monde
800 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
56 Dreyfous Drive
New Orleans, LA 70124