If there’s one food New Orleans is known for, it’s the beignet. So naturally, there’s a festival celebrating the iconic treat. In its fourth year, Beignet Fest, presented by French Market®Coffee will feature more than 30 different beignet dishes, offering everything from sweet to savory beignets, including vegan options.
The fest is held in New Orleans City Park on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the festival is $5 for those over the age of 12. Proceeds benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which supports children with autism and developmental delays. This year, VIP patrons will enjoy a shaded tent area, complimentary Café du Monde beignets, and an Abita Amber happy hour. Get ready for the fest with our guide to the best beignets in the city.
Where to Find Beignets in New Orleans
Essentially deep-fried pâte à choux, the beignet works for any meal and any occasion. Iterations span from sweet to savory, available at everything from cash-only joints in the French Quarter to fine dining establishments. If you just can’t wait for the fest, or if you want to attend as a beignet connoisseur, we’ve got you covered. Here are nine spots to get ’em in NOLA – plus a recipe at the end on how to make them at home!
Café du Monde — This French Quarter spot is both the prototype and the archetype for beignets. First opened in 1862 (it remains in the same French Market location), it’s a 24-hour, cash-only spot to indulge. There are three beignets to an order, liberally drenched in powdered sugar. Don’t forget to pair with a cafe au lait, coffee made with chicory — it’s a nod to local history, where the root was used to bulk up limited coffee supply . A new location just opened in City Park, giving you even more reason to explore this urban oasis. 800 Decatur St. and 56 Dreyfous Dr.
Café Beignet — Should Café du Monde be absolutely packed (and it probably will be), Café Beignet is a just-as-delicious and arguably quainter alternative. Tucked into a small façade off Royal Street, Café Beignet has a modest courtyard to enjoy your traditional, powdered sugar beignets al fresco. They also serve beer and wine. 334 Royal St.
New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co. — Located beside New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co. on St. Charles Avenue, this beignet shop is the go-to place for anyone looking to grab a meal before their beignets. Be sure to order a specialty espresso drink or frozen coffee to round out your order. 4141 St. Charles Ave.
The Vintage — Beignets are the name of the game at this Uptown restaurant. Enjoy rotating “fancy beignets” in addition to the traditional beignet and their kiddie counterparts, beignet bites. The vintage inspired ambiance of this place has us coming back for beignets. 3121 Magazine St.
Loretta’s Authentic Pralines — With two locations just a couple blocks away from each other in the French Quarter, Loretta’s is a must-have on your beignet tour. Miss Loretta takes her world-famous pralines to the next level with her praline beignets. Ooey gooey caramel and pecans hiding inside a fluffy square of fried dough? Yes, please! 1100 N. Peters St. and 2101 N. Rampart St.
SoBou — The Louisiana Sweet Potato beignets with a ganache and chicory coffee glaze are the perfect appetizer to any meal. 310 Chartres St.
Bouligny Tavern — Bouligny Tavern’s gougeres aren’t technically beignets: they’re baked rather than deep fried, but the choux pastry base is the same. Add in creamy comté cheese, and you’ve got a small plate that’s just as decadent as the fried version — and still served warm. 3641 Magazine St.
La Petite Grocery — Chef Justin Devillier’s blue crab beignets with malt aioli are a perfect appetizer. Heck, pair ’em with a side of charred cucumbers and you’ve got yourself a meal. 4238 Magazine St.
Restaurant R’evolution — The beer-battered crab beignets are all about the dipping sauce: switch between four distinct rémoulades to add a creamy, spicy kick to each and every bite. 777 Bienville St.
Savory Potato Beignet Recipe
Courtesy of Coquette
- 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cut to 1/8″
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 18 tbsp. butter
- 2 cups flour
- 14 eggs
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Canola oil for frying
- Place the potatoes in a sauce pot and cover with cold, salted water. Bring to boil over high heat and cook until potatoes are tender. Strain potatoes and put through a ricer while warm. Transfer to sheet pan and smooth into a single layer. Set aside.
- Combine the water, milk, and butter in a large sauce pot and bring to boil. Add flour to the boiling liquid, and mix with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until a crust begins to form on the bottom of the pan.
- Transfer the dough to the work bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix at low speed for 30 seconds. With the mixer running, add in one egg at a time until all are added. While still warm, fold the riced potato mixture into the dough.
- In a double-handled saucepot, heat 2-3 inches of canola oil to 350 degrees. Using a small scoop, drop the beignet dough into the oil and cook for 4 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove the beignets and transfer to a wire rack or napkin to drain. Season with salt and pepper, and serve warm.