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What About the Beignet Love?

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Mar 8, 2011 4:40PM

Beignets from New Orleans Café du Monde. Image Credit: Rachelle "Chicagoist Prime" Bowden.

So we know where to get paczkis today. But what if you wish to go that extra length today and opt for some beignets? Where to go? Lucky, we have a few options for you.

  • Chef Paul Fehribach at Big Jones (5347 N. Clark St..; 773-275-5725) has been carrying the standard for Southern cooking in Andersonville for years. Big Jones's Mardi Gras menu (which Tasting Table Chicago revealed last week) features beignets made from fermented rice, fried in duck fat and dusted in powdered sugar.
  • Beignets have long been a standard at Auburn-Gresham Cajun joint Lagniappe (1525 W. 79th St., 773-994-6375). There are no fancy touches like frying them in duck fat. Just simple, good beignets.
  • Hyde Park residents jonesing for a beignet should make a beeline down to Zaleski & Horvath Marketcafé, a favorite of our own Josh Mogerman. Z&H is serving beignets all day today at their 57th Street store (1323 E. 57th St.), They're $1.75 each, made to order and available plain, filled with a variety of jellies, or dusted with powdered or cinnamon sugar.

We know this list is short. If you know of any other local spots serving beignets today, feel free to share with us in the comments.