Morning Call Coffee Stand

Bakery | Cajun/Creole | Diner
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Like ordinary donuts, beignets range from heavyweight to heavenly. Those served at Morning Call are divine. Lightweight and crisp-edged, they always come hot from the fry kettle. It is the your job to apply powdered sugar from shakers set out on tables.

Although it is located in a fairly nondescript area, Morning Call is vintage New Orleans, having opened in the French Market in 1870 but squeezed out by urban renewal in 1974. From the outside, other than the old sign over the door, there’s nothing about the Metarie location that suggests it is an important part of New Orleans Culinary history, but the moment you enter, you know. Continue reading

Like ordinary donuts, beignets range from heavyweight to heavenly. Those served at Morning Call are divine. Lightweight and crisp-edged, they always come hot from the fry kettle. It is the your job to apply powdered sugar from shakers set out on tables.

Although it is located in a fairly nondescript area, Morning Call is vintage New Orleans, having opened in the French Market in 1870 but squeezed out by urban renewal in 1974. From the outside, other than the old sign over the door, there’s nothing about the Metarie location that suggests it is an important part of New Orleans Culinary history, but the moment you enter, you know. Staff are dressed in crisp white uniforms and bow ties. Mirrors line the wall like at Galatoire’s (but at 1/10 the price). Lighting is vintage incandescent.

Take note of the fact that Morning Call’s cafe au lait is not just coffee with a lot of milk. No, no, it is full-bodied French drip chicory coffee poured out of its pitcher in a long flowing stream. When the cup is about half full, warm milk is added so that both streams swirl together, filling the cup to its top and creating a frothy head elegant enough to match Morning Call’s peerless beignets.

Note: Morning Call has a second location at City Park Casino. It also is open 24/7, except on Christmas Day, when it closes.

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Morning Call Coffee Stand, Beignets (3)
Beignets (3)
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One beautiful beignet with a judicious amount of powdered sugar sprinkled on top. This photo in no way conveys its elegance.
Morning Call Coffee Stand, Cafe au Lait
Cafe au Lait
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An order of hot beignets, pre-sugar. Those who get them to go open up the mouth of their paper bag and bang on the bottom of the powdered sugar dispenser until they get enough. After Stephen, Jane, and I got through dusting a couple of orders at our table, it looked like the scene of a food fight. And my black pants had turned mostly white.
Directions and Hours
open now
SundayOpen 24 hours
MondayOpen 24 hours
TuesdayOpen 24 hours
WednesdayOpen 24 hours
ThursdayOpen 24 hours
FridayOpen 24 hours
SaturdayOpen 24 hours
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 1 hr 49 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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