When I started planning a trip to New Orleans everyone I asked for suggestions told me I needed to try beignets. I had never been to New Orleans so I had absolutely no clue what a beignet even was.
After some quick research, I found out beignets were essentially French pastries that are fried and served with heaping amounts of powder sugar and washed down with a traditional French coffee drink, cafe au lait.Most people will tell you Cafe du Monde is home to the best beignets in all of New Orleans. The constant line out the door at Cafe du Monde will probably attest to that, but we had heard rumors that a coffee shop in the middle of City Park called Morning Call served up beignets that were just as good (if not better!) than Cafe du Monde.The charm of Morning call is definitely undeniable. Everything from the wait staff attire to the indoor decor screams ‘authentic’.
While the crowd at Morning Call was steady the entire time my friend and I were there, it’s safe to say this place is still considered a hidden gem compared to its tourist trap cousin, Cafe du Monde.
We coincidentally were bellied up to the counter next to some gentlemen who were locals of New Orleans and who confidently told us that Cafe du Monde is where the tourists go and Morning Call is where the locals go. We each got an order and then after having our minds blown ordered some more. #noshame. I am now a believer and can confidently join the ranks of people who tell everyone planning a trip to New Orleans they need to try beignets.
If you go
- a single order of beignets comes with 3 deep-fried pastries
- if you order a ‘coffee’ you will be severed a cafe au lait (coffee with hot milk added)
- powdered sugar canisters are plentiful on each table. feel free to load it on.
- don’t wear black (see above point)
- Morning Call and Cafe du Monde are both open 24 hours a day