Beignets are a staple in New Orleans and are favored among visitors and locals alike. Famously known as a French doughnut without a hole and sprinkled with powdered sugar, chefs across the city have added their own twist to the popular treat. From sweet to savory, here is a list of restaurants serving the best and the most unique beignets. For more options, check out the Beignet Festival every October!
Home of the original New Orleans beignet, they have been serving customers since 1862. This French Quarter establishment serves traditional beignets 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except for Christmas Day).
With multiple locations throughout the French Quarter, you are likely to stumble upon one of their popular establishments. Traditional beignets are served beginning at 7 a.m. (or 8 a.m. depending on the location) and ending between 10 p.m. and midnight.
Open daily for breakfast and lunch, LUCA Eats is a local Uptown favorite. Switching up the traditional pastry, they serve Oreo Beignets for dessert.
This James Beard Award-winning establishment is known for their blue crab beignets. Dip them in malt vinegar aioli for the perfect appetizer in this Uptown neighborhood gem.
The name says it all - this cozy bakery where the Lower Garden District meets the Warehouse Arts District doubles as a bar, serving boozy and traditional sweets and savory bites. During Carnival, their king cake beignets are a must! Filled with whipped Grand Marnier cream cheese and dusted with cinnamon-infused sugar, they’re sure to get you in the Mardi Gras spirit. During the off-season, stop in and ask for their beignet de jour specials.
Shaking things up, SoBou’s Louisiana offers a savory-sweet mashup on their appetizer menu with sweet potato beignets drizzled with a housemade ganache and chicory coffee glaze.
Beer-battered crab beignets are a popular appetizer from award-winning chefs John Folse rand Rick Tramonto. Dip them in four different remoulades to find the perfect taste for your palate.
From traditional beignets to seasonal “fancy” beignets, the Vintage knows how to whip up a good pastry. Their ever-changing rotation of beignets have included matcha, s’mores, and even strawberry lemonade. Can’t decide? A beignet flight is the route to go! Pair the pastry of your choosing with a glass of champagne for beignets and bubbles.
You might go in for the pralines, but you’re sure to leave out with one of Ms. Loretta’s specialty beignets. Praline-filled, crab-stuffed, BBQ chicken-topped, peanut butter and jelly-infused and even breakfast and burger beignets are among the many sweet and savory beignet options she’s become famous for. The full selection can be found at the original Rampart Street location, but you can grab the award-winning praline beignets at the French Market location, and Ms. Loretta can be spotted at just about any local fest with a small selection.