In a previous post I mentioned that we visited the famous Cafe Du Monde during our trip to New Orleans, I also mentioned why you should visit this historic spot at least once when in the Crescent City. I then explained why after paying homage to the the mecca of beignets, I am not falling over myself to go back. While we were looking for a place to have breakfast before catching a flight back to North Carolina, we fell upon this small Parisian style spot called Cafe Beignet. We were initially put off by the long line poking out of the small open air cafe. Our FOMO (fear of missing out) got the best of us and we decided we needed to cross the street and figure out what the big buzz was all about.
What we found was a line that moved surprisingly fast and great beignets (although I am not sure how you can mess these up, fry dough, dump a mound of powdered sugar on top, YUM) and an excellent croissant egg sandwich. After our trip, I went online to learn more about Cafe Beignet and got an idea why people were swarming to the little joint that Saturday afternoon. The Food Network had given the place the nod on two separate occasions, once on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and on Rachel Ray’s “$30 a Day”. If I knew that, I would have asked how Rachel Ray tipped because she must go a bit light on the gratuity to stay true to the title of that show.
After a great breakfast we made our way to the airport and while sitting at the terminal I looked back at the pictures from our four days in The Big Easy, I again wondered how much our son (3 months shy of his first birthday) would be affected by the music he heard, the hundreds of people he saw or the food we mashed up and slipped past his tongue. I am convinced someone can’t visit New Orleans and not be affected by all it has to offer. I accept that many visit this city and depart only with a hangover and some beads, but even a reveler that never strayed from Bourbon Street may have been affected by the sound of a world class musician regulated to a New Orleans Street corner, playing music that originated from slaves in Congo Square. In any meal in New Orleans, one can’t help but take in a rich culinary history blending French, Spanish, Italian and more to end up with something All-American. It would be an understatement to say we are looking forward to touching down at Louis Armstrong Airport and doing it all again.
Click the links below to see the previous post on out trip to New Orleans: