Since 1862 Cafe Du
Monde has pretty much done just two things - beignets
and chicory coffee, black or au lait. There are
some other drinks on the menu, but the line down Decatur
Street forms for the beignets and cafe au lait.
Beignets are fried
dough coated and piled high with powdered sugar.
They are served warm, and seem to soak in the sugar.
The chicory coffee
can be ordered either black or au lait, with cream.
It is an acquired taste, that is easy to acquire.
The line is long,
especially on weekends, but moves fast. If you
don't need the full Cafe Du Monde table service
experience, there is a take out line around back.
Grab your beignets and coffee and head to Jackson
Square. Just past the line - windows into the
kitchen where you can watch the beignets being made.
Standing in line
has its rewards - mainly the chance to hear some awfully
good trumpet playing.