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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:06 AM


Once upon a time, in New Orleans' French Market, there were two great beignet and coffee shops: Cafe du Monde (see the Roadfood.com review) and Morning Call (see the Roadfood.com review). Morning Call was the newcomer, having arrived in 1870. They both purveyed hot fried pastries and chicory coffee on Decatur Street until 1974, when, amid rising rents and urban renewal, Morning Call picked up and moved to a strip mall in Metairie. And now, almost 40 years after the move, the first steps have been taken towards a triumphant return to the French Quarter.

Last Tuesday, the Vieux Carre Commission gave what has been termed "conceptual approval" to a plan for Morning Call to move to a site currently occupied by a vacant old brick service station (which isn't as simple as it sounds: that service station is said to have some historical/architectural significance). The location is on the west side of Conti, between Decatur and North Peters:

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The initial plan calls for an open-air two-story glass cube with a rooftop terrace. Morning Call would also like to close Conti for the block between this site and the park bordering the river. There are still multiple boards and commissions that will have to give approval before the plan can be put into action but, with a little luck, we may once again have two classic beignet shops along Decatur Street before too long.

 

5 Comments:

Wonderful news. There IS hope for the future.
Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 5:21 AM


It'll be interesting to see if the competition affects the beignets served at Cafe du Monde. Du Monde's beignets are rather heavy, dense, and chewy and I actually like them that way, but many folks knock 'em for that. Morning Call's more correct light beignets (I enjoy those as well) may force a change down the street.
Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 11:49 AM


When I was last in New Orleans a couple of years ago, I went to the Cafe Beignet on Royal Street, near the Hotel Monteleone where I was staying. I really enjoyed the beignets and cafe au lait, the quiet courtyard, and the resident cats. http://www.cafebeignet.com/locations.html
Posted by rumaki on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 12:28 PM


We've also enjoyed Cafe Beignet. It's an entirely different experience from Cafe du Monde.
Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 2:36 PM


It's interesting how different beignets can be. Those at the three above-mentioned places are all so distinctive (and, IMO, so good). Now that I think about it, it's hard to remember a beignet I didn't like, including those I have had in such extremely non-Creole places as Connecticut and California.
Posted by Michael Stern on Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 6:57 AM

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