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Beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.
Beignets and cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde.
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Where to Eat Beignets in New Orleans

The best versions covered in powdered sugar or stuffed with blue crab

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Beignets and cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde.
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Fried dough, both sweet and savory, is popular in almost every culture. In Mexico, they’re called buñuelos, dusted with cinnamon and sugar. In Italy, it’s zeppole, sweet with powdered sugar or savory with anchovy. In Nigeria, rounds of sweetened deep-fried dough are street snacks called puff puffs. In New Orleans, beignets are a calling card, craved by all and usually dusted with powdered sugar. But creative makers stuff and flavor them with all kinds of goodness. In this town, beignets are the gold standard. Below are 15 cafes, restaurants, and even a bar, serving some of the best versions of this staple, from sugar-coated and stuffed with strawberry or sweet pralines to savory and filled with blue crab and cheesy crawfish.

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Cafe Du Monde - City Park

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In truth, there’s a strong argument to be made for the City Park destination of Cafe du Monde, only a year or two old, being a preferable stop over the original in the Quarter. Where else can you enjoy one of New Orleans’s most treasured, beautiful settings with piping hot beignets and a just-made cafe au lait in hand? Not to mention the line, if there is one at all, can’t rival the usual line at CDM downtown.

The red, green, and white Cafe Du Mondesign at City Park in New Orleans on March 10, 2022.
Cafe du Monde at City Park.
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Morning Call Coffee Stand

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Morning Call beignet fans are legion, impressed by the fried to order tender beignets offered in a paper bag, letting a person choose how much sugar to shake over the treat. Now located at 5101 Canal Street, Morning Call offers more than just breakfast, with daily specials and even Irish coffee featured.

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Katie's

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A family-friendly, quintessential neighborhood restaurant, Katie’s is known for straightforward Southern and Louisiana favorites, as well as brunch, a great Cuban, and the crawfish beignets: crawfish, shrimp, cheddar, mozzarella, jalapenos, and caramelized onion served with a bright dipping sauce. Winner of the 2018 Beignet Fest.

Loretta's Authentic Pralines

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When legendary chef and candy maker Loretta Harrison died in February 2022, it was a big loss for the city indeed. Harrison ran Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, the first praline shop owned by an African American woman, pioneering praline beignets along with savory options like crabmeat or burger beignets. Word is Loretta’s recipes will live on at locations in the French Market and on Rampart Street.

Outside Loretta’s Authentic Pralines on N. Rampart Street. Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Stuph'D Beignets & Burgers

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Stuph’D Beignets & Burgers, a delightful Gentilly-turned-St. Claude Avenue restaurant, specializes in fried-to-order beignets bursting with savory or sweet fillings, from Creole crawfish, shrimp, and crabmeat; Philly cheesesteak; and BBQ beef on the savory side; and sweets including traditional, cheesecake with strawberries, and a customer favorite, the sweet potato beignet. The cheese-stuffed burgers here are great.

Cafe Du Monde French Market

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The first Cafe Du Monde opened in 1862 in a stand in the French Market, and ever since, beignets have been the cafe’s calling card. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Cafe Du Monde’s menu is succinct: beignets, three to an order, doused in confectioners’ sugar; orange juice, and cafe au lait made with chicory.

Restaurant R'evolution

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Restaurant R’evolution is not a budget option, but when it’s time for a deep dive into chefs John Folse’s and Rick Tramonto’s modern take on classic Cajun and Creole cuisine, RR never disappoints. The blue crab beignets are delectable, served with a quartet of remoulades for dipping.

Cafe Beignet on Royal Street

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This is where visitors frequent if they want their beignets along with a hot breakfast in the French Quarter. Cafe Beignet has three locations, including one on Bourbon Street, and a menu of eggs, grits, waffles, and New Orleans staples including red beans and rice and etouffee.

Chef Byron Halliburton turns all kinds of ingredients upside down at SoBou in the French Quarter. Whether he’s serving a cochon de lait and oyster surf and turf or making corndogs studded with shrimp and tasso, expect the unexpected. Like the foie fondue he serves with those addictive duck and sweet potato beignets, a winning combo.

SoBou’s duck and sweet potato beignets
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Criollo Restaurant

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Criolla is a sleeper in the Monteleone, a spirited Creole spot with an inventive menu and solid service. The blue crab and corn beignets are a super savory option, served with Cajun brown butter and remoulade. But there’s also a sweet breakfast option of French Market style beignets with praline sauce and strawberries.

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Luca Eats

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This Uptown spot is a delightful destination for all things breakfast and lunch served all day, which is great for dueling tastes of shrimp and grits and a Cuban sandwich. But it’s Luca Eats’ Oreo beignets that all diners adore: an Oreo cookie folded into dough and deep-fried. The sandwich options are some of the best in town.

Bakery Bar

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Bakery Bar has maintained its hidden gem status over the years even as it's grown in popularity for happy hour, brunch, after-dinner cocktails, and of course, dessert (and now there’s an awesome new dinner menu to boot). In addition to the bar’s legendary slices of Doberge cake, Bakery Bar serves up a few versions of sweet beignets for dessert, a wildly popular version with housemade chocolate chip cookies, an apple pie filled beignet (get the optional scoop of gelato) and a more traditional order. All are top-notch.

The Vintage

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Love this French cafe on Magazine, which asks the question, “A hot beignet is a pillow of goodness, and who doesn’t love their pillow?” on its website. The menu offers plain and cinnamon flavors, but the Vintage also offers beignet specials — like a king cake beignet during Carnival. Beignets and pastries are served all day, with savory bites like boudin balls and flavored flatbreads offered from 11 a.m. Good cocktails here as well.

Assorted beignets from the Vintage
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Basin Seafood and Spirits

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Basin continues to be a great neighborhood hidden gem, reinventing and innovating in some ways but maintaining the elements that gained it a longtime base of regulars, particularly menu items. One of those is the blue crab beignet appetizer, good enough to rival any of the fine-dining versions, super light and fluffy. Don’t miss the soft shell crab when it’s on the menu.

La Petite Grocery

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Justin Devillier was one of the first to put a savory version of the dessert staple on a fine-dining restaurant menu — La Petite’s blue crab beignets have been mimicked and recreated for years since they debuted along with the restaurant in 2007. They are light, sweet, and tender, served with a tangy, mayo-based sauce.

Cafe Du Monde - City Park

The red, green, and white Cafe Du Mondesign at City Park in New Orleans on March 10, 2022.
Cafe du Monde at City Park.
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In truth, there’s a strong argument to be made for the City Park destination of Cafe du Monde, only a year or two old, being a preferable stop over the original in the Quarter. Where else can you enjoy one of New Orleans’s most treasured, beautiful settings with piping hot beignets and a just-made cafe au lait in hand? Not to mention the line, if there is one at all, can’t rival the usual line at CDM downtown.

The red, green, and white Cafe Du Mondesign at City Park in New Orleans on March 10, 2022.
Cafe du Monde at City Park.
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Morning Call Coffee Stand

Morning Call beignets.
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Morning Call beignet fans are legion, impressed by the fried to order tender beignets offered in a paper bag, letting a person choose how much sugar to shake over the treat. Now located at 5101 Canal Street, Morning Call offers more than just breakfast, with daily specials and even Irish coffee featured.

Morning Call beignets.
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Katie's

A family-friendly, quintessential neighborhood restaurant, Katie’s is known for straightforward Southern and Louisiana favorites, as well as brunch, a great Cuban, and the crawfish beignets: crawfish, shrimp, cheddar, mozzarella, jalapenos, and caramelized onion served with a bright dipping sauce. Winner of the 2018 Beignet Fest.

Loretta's Authentic Pralines

Outside Loretta’s Authentic Pralines on N. Rampart Street. Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

When legendary chef and candy maker Loretta Harrison died in February 2022, it was a big loss for the city indeed. Harrison ran Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, the first praline shop owned by an African American woman, pioneering praline beignets along with savory options like crabmeat or burger beignets. Word is Loretta’s recipes will live on at locations in the French Market and on Rampart Street.

Outside Loretta’s Authentic Pralines on N. Rampart Street. Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Stuph'D Beignets & Burgers

Stuph’D Beignets & Burgers, a delightful Gentilly-turned-St. Claude Avenue restaurant, specializes in fried-to-order beignets bursting with savory or sweet fillings, from Creole crawfish, shrimp, and crabmeat; Philly cheesesteak; and BBQ beef on the savory side; and sweets including traditional, cheesecake with strawberries, and a customer favorite, the sweet potato beignet. The cheese-stuffed burgers here are great.

Cafe Du Monde French Market

The first Cafe Du Monde opened in 1862 in a stand in the French Market, and ever since, beignets have been the cafe’s calling card. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Cafe Du Monde’s menu is succinct: beignets, three to an order, doused in confectioners’ sugar; orange juice, and cafe au lait made with chicory.

Restaurant R'evolution

Restaurant R’evolution is not a budget option, but when it’s time for a deep dive into chefs John Folse’s and Rick Tramonto’s modern take on classic Cajun and Creole cuisine, RR never disappoints. The blue crab beignets are delectable, served with a quartet of remoulades for dipping.

Cafe Beignet on Royal Street

This is where visitors frequent if they want their beignets along with a hot breakfast in the French Quarter. Cafe Beignet has three locations, including one on Bourbon Street, and a menu of eggs, grits, waffles, and New Orleans staples including red beans and rice and etouffee.

SoBou

SoBou’s duck and sweet potato beignets
SoBou

Chef Byron Halliburton turns all kinds of ingredients upside down at SoBou in the French Quarter. Whether he’s serving a cochon de lait and oyster surf and turf or making corndogs studded with shrimp and tasso, expect the unexpected. Like the foie fondue he serves with those addictive duck and sweet potato beignets, a winning combo.

SoBou’s duck and sweet potato beignets
SoBou

Criollo Restaurant

Sam Hanna/Criollo

Criolla is a sleeper in the Monteleone, a spirited Creole spot with an inventive menu and solid service. The blue crab and corn beignets are a super savory option, served with Cajun brown butter and remoulade. But there’s also a sweet breakfast option of French Market style beignets with praline sauce and strawberries.

Sam Hanna/Criollo

Luca Eats

This Uptown spot is a delightful destination for all things breakfast and lunch served all day, which is great for dueling tastes of shrimp and grits and a Cuban sandwich. But it’s Luca Eats’ Oreo beignets that all diners adore: an Oreo cookie folded into dough and deep-fried. The sandwich options are some of the best in town.

Bakery Bar

Bakery Bar has maintained its hidden gem status over the years even as it's grown in popularity for happy hour, brunch, after-dinner cocktails, and of course, dessert (and now there’s an awesome new dinner menu to boot). In addition to the bar’s legendary slices of Doberge cake, Bakery Bar serves up a few versions of sweet beignets for dessert, a wildly popular version with housemade chocolate chip cookies, an apple pie filled beignet (get the optional scoop of gelato) and a more traditional order. All are top-notch.

The Vintage

Assorted beignets from the Vintage
The Vintage

Love this French cafe on Magazine, which asks the question, “A hot beignet is a pillow of goodness, and who doesn’t love their pillow?” on its website. The menu offers plain and cinnamon flavors, but the Vintage also offers beignet specials — like a king cake beignet during Carnival. Beignets and pastries are served all day, with savory bites like boudin balls and flavored flatbreads offered from 11 a.m. Good cocktails here as well.

Assorted beignets from the Vintage
The Vintage

Basin Seafood and Spirits

Basin continues to be a great neighborhood hidden gem, reinventing and innovating in some ways but maintaining the elements that gained it a longtime base of regulars, particularly menu items. One of those is the blue crab beignet appetizer, good enough to rival any of the fine-dining versions, super light and fluffy. Don’t miss the soft shell crab when it’s on the menu.

La Petite Grocery

Justin Devillier was one of the first to put a savory version of the dessert staple on a fine-dining restaurant menu — La Petite’s blue crab beignets have been mimicked and recreated for years since they debuted along with the restaurant in 2007. They are light, sweet, and tender, served with a tangy, mayo-based sauce.

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