on March 21, 2005
I think almost anytime you mention New Orleans to someone, one of the top three things they associate with the city would have to be the delightful beignets served at the famous Café Du Monde. These little donut-like desserts are a must-eat for any traveler to the city. If you’re wondering what they taste like – think carnival funnel cake, only in little squares.
The best thing about these little wonders is that you can get three of them, with chicory coffee, for $3.50.
I’ve been told that the lines here can get pretty long, especially during peak times – think about avoiding them for breakfast or brunch. My first visit was on my first night in New Orleans at a bit after midnight. (It’s a 24/7 establishment.) Absolutely no line, but most of the tables were full. We chose one of the few free tables and plopped ourselves down. While open-air with an awning protecting us from the moonlight, the place reminded me of a '50s-era diner. Same kind of tables and chairs, with the waiters and waitresses in striped uniforms and paper hats.
I could hardly wait to sink my teeth into these warm little powdered-sugar treats. Oh, that’s the other thing. Expect to get the powdered sugar all over you. Don’t worry about your clothes - it’ll wash out - and until then, everyone in New Orleans will know – and be able to relate – that you ate at Café Du Monde. Plus, after one bite, it’s likely that you won’t care.
In order to savor the experience, I ate here once more before leaving the city, just so I could better remember them when I got home. Please don’t pass up Café Du Monde if you’re in the Big Easy.
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