Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review of Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans

Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. (Source: Wikipedia)
Cafe Du Monde is a famous coffee shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  It was opened in 1862 and is famous for it's chicory-blend coffee and Beignets.  It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for Christmas Day (and the occasional hurricane).  Luckily, this famous cafe suffered only minor damage during Hurricane Katrina.

I've visited Cafe Du Monde twice on visits to New Orleans.  It has a charming atmosphere and the Beignets are the most delectable pastry you will ever taste.  I do have to admit, though, that I personally find the famous chicory coffee 'undrinkable'.  I do not like the taste of chicory and I dislike strong coffee.  But if you love chicory coffee or Vietnamese-style iced coffee, you will love the Cafe Du Monde coffee, particularly their Cafe au lait. 


Cafe au Lait




Cafe au Lait  (Image Source)

Cafe au lait is coffee with hot milk added.  This is different from coffee known as 'white coffee', which has cold milk or other whitener added.  Cafe au Lait simply means “coffee with milk”. 


Beignet




Beignets (Image Source)

Beignet is a French pastry that is deep fried and served topped with powdered sugar.  It is so light and flaky and irresistible! 

The allrecipes site has a recipe for you to make your own Beignets at home if you are not able to visit Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. 



Beignet Recipe

Ingredients:

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions:


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  2. Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Fry in 360 degree F (180 degrees C) hot oil. If beignets do not pop up, oil is not hot enough. Drain onto paper towels.
  3. Shake confectioners' sugar on hot beignets. Serve warm.


There are also box mixes of Beignets available if you do not care to go to the (delicious) trouble of starting from scratch. 

The word Beignet, of course, means donut.


Visit Cafe Du Monde




The original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand is located at 800 Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In 1985 a second cafe was opened and today there are 8 Cafe Du Monde locations in the New Orleans Metropolitan area.  

The Cafe Du Monde coffee stand is a 'must-see' and very tasty attraction for any New Orleans Visit. The literal translation of Cafe Du Monde means “Coffee of the World”

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14 comments:

  1. My daughter and son-law brought us back a box of the Beignet mix years ago when they were in New Orleans. They were wonderful. In fact my son-in-law was so taken by New Orleans cuisine that he has opened a New Orleans style restaurant in Atlanta. It seems there is a big demand for New Orleans style food there. It is called The Po Boy's Restaurant. Thanks for a great review of Café Du Monde. Now I'm hungry :)

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    1. Mary Beth, glad to hear you enjoy the Beignet mix. I remember you mentioning once that your daughter and son-in-law have a New Orleans style restaurant in Atlanta. I heard that after Katrina, when many, many people lost everything and decided to relocate, Atlanta was a popular place to go, both for the similar climate and still a Southern location. So I imagine there are a great many residents of the city who miss and want New Orleans-style cuisine. You should review their Po Boy's Restaurant sometime for all of us who might find ourselves in Atlanta. :)

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  2. We are huge Cafe Du Monde fans! I have two boxes of the Cafe Du Monde beignet mix in my refrigerator. One is mostly used and I have already purchased the next box so we don't run out. In my opinion, my beignets are not as good as the ones made at Cafe Du Monde in Louisiana. However, my husband would tell you they are just as good, or maybe better. I think he just loves the cook here. Just beware of the puff of confectioners sugar when you bite down into a delicious beignet. It tends to blow & fall all over the place. A bib would help tremendously!

    We both enjoy the Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee too, although I admit it is a very strong coffee. We drink it without any sweetener, but my husband does add a touch of creamer to his. Me, I drink mine black, just the way it comes out of the pot. I think it is the combination of the sweet beignet and coffee that makes chicory coffee taste better than if you were drinking it alone.

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    1. You may be right about the strong coffee combined with the sweet beignet, Mouse. A good combination for sure. Glad you enjoy the box mix beignet. I think they are pretty good myself. :)

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  3. Oh I almost made it to New Orleans a few years ago, but at the last minute our plans did not pan out. Look at what I missed. Oh my, now I have to start making plans again. Looks like a winner in my books. I will have to try that beignets recipe. Thanks Pat!

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    1. Beignets are delicious, Olivia. I'm sure you'd enjoy them. And New Orleans is a must-see city at least once in a lifetime. Different atmosphere all around, unique music and sights to see, and delicious food.

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  4. That is one huge pile of powdered sugar! haha. The beignets sound delicious and I might have to try that recipe or the mix. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Beignets are a treat, for sure, Dawn Rae. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Oh my I would love to have this pastry right now! YUM. And I love Café Au Lait! The best I've had was in Madrid Spain so far, but I would visit Café Du Monde in New Orleans for sure based on your review. I do love super strong coffee, so I would give that Chicory coffee a try.

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    1. I'd like to have a plate of fresh made Beignets right now too, Barbara. :) I can almost taste them just thinking about them. Glad you enjoyed my review of Cafe Du Monde.

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  6. I loved my visit to the Cafe Du Monde. It is a very special memory, as I made the trip with my mom and dad (a rare occasion). The beignets were my favorite treat delight. The coffee was strong enough to make anyone grow hair on their chest! Best to be avoided if you are a coffee wimp like me (I need my brew on the mild side). Thanks for bringing back such good memories. Sometimes my sister sends me coffee or specialty mixes from New Orleans since she lives nearby.

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    1. Glad to hear you've had the opportunity to experience Cafe Du Monde, Diana. One of those 'must-see, must-experience' sights in this unique city. Love your description of the way you like your coffee ~ I drink 'wimpy' coffee too. I drink lots of coffee, but it can't be strong. :)

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  7. I've never visited New Orleans, but my daughter and granddaughter have. They're quite taken with both the beignets and the chicory coffee. As for me, I drink black coffee but like the medium roast, so the strong stuff probably wouldn't suit me. I like your descriptions of the beignets and the coffee. I've always wanted to visit New Orleans, but it's not in the cards now. Thanks for sharing your experience, Wednesday Elf.

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    1. Glad your daughter and granddaughter have had the opportunity to visit New Orleans, Nancy, and enjoy the Beignets. I probably never would have made it there except for a couple conventions we attended.

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