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When you’re in New Orleans, it’s essential to eat like a local. Though there are plenty of delicious delicacies, the one thing you have to try when visiting NOLA for the first time is a beignet (pronounced ben-YAY).
Whether you order them savory or sweet, there’s something irresistible about a square piece of dough fried in vegetable oil. If you don’t have a friend or relative to rely on for insider info on where to get the best beignets the city has to offer, you’re in luck, because Culture Trip is here to guide you through the city’s tastiest deep-fried doughnuts (minus the hole).
While beignet snobs will tell you there’s nowhere in the city to get the tasty treats besides Cafe Du Monde, we’re here to tell you they’re wrong. You can also find a plate of hot fried beignets with powdered sugar at Morning Call in City Park. So if your next visit to the Crescent City includes a trip to Storyland, Carousel Gardens or NOMA, make sure to make a detour for some café au lait and beignets at Morning Call. It’s totally worth it.
Chocolate lovers rejoice, because Luca Eats has given us the gift of Oreo beignets. Paired with locally roasted French Truck coffee, these delicious desserts are hard to beat. To try the 2016 winner for best sweet beignet at the Beignet Fest for yourself, head to Cohn Street from 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. every day of the week. You won’t be disappointed with the warm, powdery goodness that awaits you.
Who says beignets have to be sweet? Certainly not Katie’s, a very popular brunch spot in Mid-City for locals and tourists alike. On your next visit to New Orleans, make sure you get the crawfish beignet appetizer. Does it get much better than dough filled with Louisiana crawfish, crabmeat, shrimp, jalapeno peppers, onions, cheddar and mozzarella topped with a jalapeno aioli? We didn’t think so. Get to this Mid-City hot spot to see what all the hype is about. If you’re an out-of-towner looking for a place to stay in New Orleans, we’ve got you covered with the best budget hotels and hostels in Mid-City.