Beignets start as dough made of flour, milk eggs, shortening and leavening, thinly rolled out, cut into small squares then deep-fried. When properly rolled and cooked, they puff with air and make a cute hollow pillow. They are generously topped with powdered sugar and served hot. And, if you have a really sweet tooth, they have a jar of powdered sugar on the table for your added delight. Now, add a cup of authentic New Orleans-style Café au Lait and you have a perfect combination. In addition to the beignets, freshly baked muffins, a half dozen choices of coffee, fresh juices, hot tea and milk are also on the menu.
Lunch selections include Red Beans & Rice with Andouille, crawfish, chicken or shrimp etouffee, and chicken or crawfish jambalaya (similar to Spanish paella). Another favorite is the Muffuletta, a New Orleans classic sandwich of cold cuts and olive salad.
Typically, on most menus, salads are described and the dressing is secondary. Not here. The description of their Sensational Salad goes like this: Dressing includes olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, Parmesan cheese, blue cheese, salt and pepper, tossed with romaine lettuce. (Is your mouth watering yet?)
You can also order Creole Spicy Shrimp Salad, one serving or by the quart, Creole Pecan Chicken Salad or the Creole Pecan Croissant Sandwich.
Beside the wonderful beignets, the thing I liked best about Crescent City was the casual and friendly attitude of the staff. Them seem to know everything about everything- sounds like New Orleans, doesn’t it? After we placed our order, they didn’t give us a "number" or ask our name that someone would yell out when our order was ready- they simply said "we’ll bring it to your table" and they did.
Crescent City has its own line of Beignet Mix, specialty coffees and mugs available for purchase.
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
July 19, 2002
From journal Austin--Deep in the Heart of Texas