Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cafe du Monde (New Orleans)

When in New Orleans, a trip to Cafe du Monde is a must.

While Cafe du Monde has a number of locations these days - and not that I've been to many of them - but I love the original shop that has been in the French Quarter in 1862. It is open around the clock, with open air seating underneath a giant green canopy.

Cafe du Monde (New Orleans)
Cafe du Monde

Cafe du Monde is known for its Beignets and Cafe au Lait, of course. The cafe au lait is a dark roast coffee with chicory, added to take the edge off the bitterness, and mixed with milk (1/2 coffee, 1/2 milk). Even though I am not much of a coffee drinker, I was in love with Cafe du Monde's cafe au lait - probably because it isn't bitter!  Like coffee and chicory, beignets were brought to Louisiana by the Acadians (or Cajuns) - French colonists from Eastern Canada who had resettled down south. The beignets are deep fried donuts topped with powdered sugar. They come in threes, and they are amazing. I am not a donut fan either, but it is hard to beat freshly made beignets. Just be careful not to wear black while enjoying your beignets!

Beignet and Cafe au Lait at Cafe du Monde (New Orleans)
Beignets ($2.42) and Cafe au Lait (small, $2.42)

Beignet at Cafe du Monde (New Orleans)

Restaurant info:
Café Du Monde
813 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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