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Devouring all the best New Orleans beignets is a weekly (daily?) right of passage for locals and a bucket list-must for visitors. Let us help.
As the undisputed frying capital of the world, this Louisiana town really knows how to deliver the fritter—a skill that isn’t just applied in the most famous spot in the world that dishes out the good stuff (hello, Cafe du Monde) but can actually be witnessed at restaurants (and even bars!) all over town.
So: what is a beignet? Put simply, it's a French pastry consisting of deep-fried dough sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. Yes, it's as delicious as it sounds.
Beignets in the Big Easy are made with yeast dough or choux pastry, sometimes stuffed with savory bites and other times smothered in powdered sugar, but always served piping hot. The beignet isn't just made in NOLA, either: in 1986, it was proclaimed the Louisiana state doughnut. Clearly, if there is one thing to do in town it is to eat all the beignets. Ready?