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Searching for Beignets

Kathleen Mikulis Mar 12, 2002 07:31 PM

Is there any place in the Bay Area that carries beignets - you know the tasty New Orleans "doughnuts."

I think Le Krewe in the Mission has them but it would be nice if there was a cafe or cheaper restaurant (or even a grocery store) that carried them.

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    windy Mar 13, 2002 12:53 AM

    You can buy the mix. All you do is add water and fry them up. A box runs around $5 and will last you a while unless you have a lot of friends. I think I've seen it at Yum and maybe Cost Plus.

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    1. re: windy
      dixieday Mar 13, 2002 12:05 PM

      It's true--the mix is amazingly easy and tasty. They really do taste just like the ones in New Orleans. Just make sure to pick up a box of powdered sugar for dusting! If deep-frying's not your thing though, Tita's Haile Aina in the Castro (on 17th near Noe, I think) serves warm made-to-order malasadas, (Portuguese-style puffy doughnuts) which are very similar to beignets.

      1. re: dixieday
        Dan Mar 14, 2002 08:56 PM

        Don't forget the chicory coffee! This site seems to have everything you need to duplicate du monde at home.


        i recommend the community coffee over the du monde stuff.

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      Pia Mar 13, 2002 01:00 AM

      If you don't mind paying lots of money for them, Kingfish in San Mateo, on B St. and 2nd Ave. serves freshly fried beignets. With chocolate sauce, if I recall correctly.

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      1. re: Pia
        brad kaplan Mar 13, 2002 10:40 PM

        Kingfish does indeed serve beignets, but it's about as close to fresh hot beignets at Cafe du Monde as, well, San Mateo is to New Orleans. Not bad, but not the real thing either.

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          Pia Mar 14, 2002 12:44 PM

          I'm very glad to read that! I've never been to New Orleans, so I couldn't what the ideal beignet is. And I can't say I was thrilled by the beignets at Kingfish, though the waiter raved about them. They were fresh, light, but rather tasteless--much less interesting than I had expected, and I thought, "What's the fuss about beignets, if this is it?"

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        SFvalkyrie Mar 13, 2002 02:45 AM

        Check out Cafe du Monde's website for a mix to make the real thing! They are really easy & just as yummy as those in New Orleans, without the airfare! :)


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          Jill Cornwell Mar 13, 2002 01:08 PM

          In Berkeley, Cafe Fanny often has them for breakfast with a side of marmalade. They are more refined and pricey than at Cafe du Monde, but they are tasty.

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            Jim H. Mar 13, 2002 01:42 PM

            Oh...to have a Cafe du Monde in San Francisco...all profit.
            1 cup flour
            1/2 tsp salt
            1 tsp baking powder
            1/8 cup sugar
            little nutmeg
            1 egg
            1/2 tsp vanilla
            3/8 cup milk
            Mix ingredients and knead...roll out to 1/4 in thick
            Fry in shortening, preferably...rather than oil. That is pretty much what is in the mix, except that they use "self-rising" flour.

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              Kathleen Mikulis Mar 14, 2002 01:57 PM

              Thanks for all the suggestions and recipes!

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