Because I couldn't get enough of the dessert while in New Orleans, I went to Cafe Beignet for breakfast to get a morning cup of coffee and test out this shop's version of beignets. The million dollar question: how did it compare compared to Cafe du Monde?
Well for one, the beignets here are much larger! They still come three to an order and I struggled to finish them as they were quite filling. I do think the variety at Cafe du Monde wins out slightly on taste (the medium size there is the perfect satisfying combination) but Cafe Beignet wins in terms of convenience, quickness and ambiance. The coffee shop has an abundance of small tables for lingering and eating (no need to stand on the street and wolf them down!); there's even some outdoor tables in the garden as well. There's also barely a wait.
Another thing to try in New Orleans is the coffee. Perfect to contrast the sweetness of the beignets, New Orleans' ‘cafe au lait' is typically made half and half with milk. The darker chicory roast was developed by the French during the Civil War and has an almost chocolate like flavor. A fried of mine who visited New Orleans last year was kind enough to bring me back some and I quickly ran out of the roast. It was great to try it again while in the city itself!
Headed to New Orleans for a long weekend? Check out my city travel guide and 4 day itinerary here. For more food suggestions, check out this post on cheap eats in NOLA! Don't forget to visit the pretty French Quarter!