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Cafes & Desserts of New Orleans

Food — By conniemotz on August 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

Cafes & Desserts of New Orleans

With so many delicious food choices within the French Quarter in New Orleans, your picks are virtually endless.  But after every great meal comes the best part – the dessert!  When you’re looking for a scrumptious after dinner (or anytime) treat, consider trying these tasty desserts.

Since 1862, Cafe du Monde has been the place to people watch and enjoy their world famous beignets.   Just what is a beignet?  It’s a freshly prepared, hot, French-style doughnut that is fried and loaded up with tons of powdered sugar which are served in a set of three at Cafe du Monde.  They look so yummy and the intention is always to eat them somewhat delicately, but soon you’ll join the others as they wipe powdered sugar from their faces, hair, and clothing – all in fun, of course.  Cafe du Monde also has a satellite location at the Riverwalk Marketplace.

Accompany these delectable beignets with an enjoyable cup of chicory coffee sold either black or au lait (half coffee and half milk).  In fact, these are the only two items on the Cafe du Monde menu – coffee and beignets, which makes for an easy choice.  Sometimes the restaurant can get crowded on an early Sunday morning but relax and enjoy the street performers that regularly entertain the Cafe du Monde restaurant goers.

Another New Orleans delicacy to try is their famous Pecan Pie – and make sure you pronounce it pecan (pi-con), not pecan (pee-can), for a pee can is something you keep under your bed for use in the middle of the night, or so New Orleans tour guides say.  For one of the best pecan pies in all of New Orleans, try Brigtsen’s Restaurant located on Dante Street.

Since 1905, Angelo Brocato’s has been serving up ice cream and pastries to both locals and visitors alike.  Although not located in the French Quarter, it’s definitely worth the trip along the New Orleans Canal streetcar route to 214 N. Carrollton Avenue.  Favorites at Angelo Brocato’s include biscotti, fig cookies, and delicious Cannoli; popular ice cream choices include spumoni (pistachios, fruit, lemon), lemon ice, or any of their gelato flavors.  Angelo Brocato’s is also known for their fabulous coffee and espresso drinks.

Claiming to make best pralines in all of New Orleans, Southern Candymakers has been offering sweet treats in New Orleans since 1992.  Although their specialty is creamy pralines, Southern Candymakers also has a great selection of caramels, toffees, chocolate, nuts, along with a selection of sugar-free delicacies.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Pastry Case by Pink_Fish 13

Tags: angel brocato's, beignets, brigtsen's, cafe, Cafe du Monde, cannoli, dessert, french quarter, gelato, ice cream, marketplace, new orleans, pastries, pecan pie, pralines, restaurant, riverwalk, southern candymakers, streetcar

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