The first time I ever had Cafe du Monde we were driving back from Texas to Indiana and swung through New Orleans to get breakfast, which only added 6 hours to the trip. I was very happy, then, to learn that beignets at Cafe du Monde are totally worth adding 6 hours to a 20 hour drive.
A beignet is such a simple thing -- a lump of fried dough. But they're so good. And the coffee is that uniquely Southern coffee and chicory, so strong and bitter, which still shines through the creaminess of an au lait.
Man, writing this is literally making my mouth water -- I want some beignets now.
Cafe Du Monde
1039 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA