It’s no secret we love doughnuts in all their forms. But only one particular kind of doughnut can transport our imagination to a seat at the Cafe du Monde in New Orleans’ French Quarter: beignets. These puffy fritters, made out of a fried choux paste, originated with French cooks in southern Louisiana. Beignets are so beloved that Louisiana designated them the official state doughnut in 1986. Fortunately, we don’t have to hop on a plane to get our fix. Cafe Zydeco on Brooks Street offers a full menu of Cajun-style cuisine, from crawfish omelets to shrimp étouffée. On weekend mornings, though, it serves up freshly fried, powdered-sugar-dusted beignets that are the real deal. And of course, beignets just wouldn’t be right without cafe au lait, so make sure to get a cup of Cafe Zydeco’s house-blended chicory coffee.
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