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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
CAFE DU MONDE
When we first arrived in New Orleans in 1972 friends said this should be one of the first places we hit on a Sunday morning and sure enough, it became a tradition for us and the many folks who came to visit us down in the Big Easy.
The "old" Cafe Du Monde was still standing in 1972. Now they've got a "new" gussied up version. It's still got the touch but personally, I prefer the old one.
This place is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all year long although they do close on Christmas and when hurricanes threaten.
They offer only the following items on the menu: coffee with chicory, beignets (little square fried strips of dough with a liberal dusting of powdered sugar), orange juice and white and chocolate milk. That's it.
Watch out when you go to bite into your little square donut. You will get finely powdered sugar on your shirt or blouse if you're wearing dark colors! These tasty little beignets are served three to an order.
Most mix some cream into their strong coffee with chicory. And by the way, chicory was first added to coffee to stretch the coffee since it was scarce in the early days.
Insider tip. Don't be polite. If you politely wait in line to get into the place some local is just gonna dart in front of you when they spy an open table. So go ahead and do what the locals do!
There are more than one cafes now but you want to go to the original location in the French Market.
Start drooling now for those little donuts by clicking on their main web site here.