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

From powdered sugar-coated praline and sweet potato to blue crab and cheesy crawfish

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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 one bar, that serve some of the best versions of this New Orleans staple, from sugar-coated sweet praline and sweet potato to blue crab and cheesy crawfish.

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1. Morning Call Coffee Stand

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5100 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

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. It’s also open 24/7.

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2. Katie's

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3701 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-6582
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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.

3. Loretta's Authentic Pralines

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2101 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 944-7068
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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. With locations in the French Market and on Rampart Street, word is Loretta’s recipes will live on.

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

4. Stuph'D Beignets & Burgers

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3325 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 459-4571

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.

5. Cafe Du Monde French Market

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800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4544
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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.

6. Bayona

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430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-4455
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Although they aren’t always on the menu, Bayona offers specials that sometimes include terrific smoked salmon beignets, a masterful mouth feel. For dessert, this French Quarter charmer sometimes offers sweet cinnamon banana beignets — think bananas Foster in the round.

7. Restaurant R'evolution

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777 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 553-2277
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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.

8. Cafe Beignet on Royal Street

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334 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 500-4370
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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.

9. SoBou

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310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 552-4095
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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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10. Criollo Restaurant

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214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 681-4444
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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.

Sweet and savory beignets from Criollo
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11. Laurel Oak, a Southern Brasserie

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2701, 535 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 527-0006
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Technically the succulent fried balls of dough at Laurel Oak, the modern Southern kitchen newly opened at the Magnolia Hotel, are zeppolis. But the dessert, served with a swoosh of coffee-flavored custard, deserves to be on this list. It’s just one of the many reasons to discover chef Bryan Johnson’s creative menu.

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12. Luca Eats

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7329 Cohn St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-1166
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This Uptown breakfast and lunch spot serves everything on the menu 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. Yes, please.

Oreo beignets from Luca Eats
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13. Bakery Bar

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1179 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 210-8519
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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. In addition to the bar’s legendary slices of doberge cake, Bakery Bar serves up two versions of sweet beignets for dessert, a wildly popular version with housemade chocolate chip cookies and one that’s more traditional. Both are top-notch.

14. The Vintage

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3121 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 324-7144
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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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15. La Petite Grocery

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4238 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-3377
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Justin Devillier was one of the first to create a fine-dining, savory version of the dessert staple — 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.

1. Morning Call Coffee Stand

5100 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124
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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. It’s also open 24/7.

5100 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Katie's

3701 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.

3701 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Loretta's Authentic Pralines

2101 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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. With locations in the French Market and on Rampart Street, word is Loretta’s recipes will live on.

2101 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Stuph'D Beignets & Burgers

3325 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

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.

3325 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Cafe Du Monde French Market

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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.

800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Bayona

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Although they aren’t always on the menu, Bayona offers specials that sometimes include terrific smoked salmon beignets, a masterful mouth feel. For dessert, this French Quarter charmer sometimes offers sweet cinnamon banana beignets — think bananas Foster in the round.

430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Restaurant R'evolution

777 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

777 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Cafe Beignet on Royal Street

334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

334 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. SoBou

310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.

310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Criollo Restaurant

214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sweet and savory beignets from Criollo
Criollo/Facebook

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.

214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Laurel Oak, a Southern Brasserie

2701, 535 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Technically the succulent fried balls of dough at Laurel Oak, the modern Southern kitchen newly opened at the Magnolia Hotel, are zeppolis. But the dessert, served with a swoosh of coffee-flavored custard, deserves to be on this list. It’s just one of the many reasons to discover chef Bryan Johnson’s creative menu.

.

2701, 535 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Luca Eats

7329 Cohn St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Oreo beignets from Luca Eats
Luca Eats/Facebook

This Uptown breakfast and lunch spot serves everything on the menu 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. Yes, please.

7329 Cohn St
New Orleans, LA 70118

13. Bakery Bar

1179 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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. In addition to the bar’s legendary slices of doberge cake, Bakery Bar serves up two versions of sweet beignets for dessert, a wildly popular version with housemade chocolate chip cookies and one that’s more traditional. Both are top-notch.

1179 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. The Vintage

3121 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
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.

3121 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

15. La Petite Grocery

4238 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Justin Devillier was one of the first to create a fine-dining, savory version of the dessert staple — 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.

4238 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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