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Dec 17, 2006 07:00 PM


Does anyone serve great beignets??

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  1. Andrew Jaeger's in SF's North Beach on Columbus and Broadway, if you're looking for NOLA style.

    1. Sunday only: Boulette's Larder at the Ferry Plaza.
      They're wonderful!

      1. Liaison in Berkeley sometimes has them on the dessert menu. Good.

        1. Powderface at Oakland's Fruitvale BART Station. It's just a coffee house, nothing fancy, but the beignets are made to order and delicious.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Oh, yum. I'll have to take BART over there one day. Or try the ones at Angelines.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Is that a good beignet? I had my first (and probably last) beignet from Powderface when I had the opportunity to pick up a box for a field crew, and found the thing quite unpleasant, even just out of the oil. It seemed to have the same gooey-chewy consistency as the rice flour sesame balls I hate at dim sum places.

              1. re: Gary Soup

                No, it's not a good beignet. I had my first and last Powderface beignet a few months back. Very bland indeed. Don't waste the BART fare.

                1. re: Zeldog

                  Aren't beignets, just flour sugar water, leavening? It IS basic and bland...unless you get the non-traditional filled/stuffed is after all just sweetened fried dough?!

                  You get the spice from the chickory in the coffee...but who serves their beignets in the Bay Area with chickory coffee??

                  1. re: ChowFun_derek

                    God is in the details. Bread is just flour, yeast, water and salt. Beer is just barley, yeast, hops and water. And a Martini is just vodka and vermouth. But somehow each baker, brewer and bartender manages to succeed or fail. Powderface fails.

                    1. re: Zeldog

                      Are their beignets yeast based or baking powder you recall?
                      Still looking for coffee with chickory though!

                      1. re: ChowFun_derek

                        Does Angeline's in Berkeley have chicory coffee? Seems like they would given the menu.


                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          There you go again Robert...taunting me with all the great stuff available in the East's january 1st and already my mouth's watering!

                          1. re: ChowFun_derek

                            Well, good thing you weren't in the East Bay on Jan. 1st like we were, because almost nothing was open!

                        2. re: ChowFun_derek

                          From the taste I'm pretty sure they were leavened with baking powder. Odd thing is, Cafe du Monde sells beignet mix leavened with baking powder and it's pretty good.

                          Instead of driving across town to pay $2 for a cup of coffee and chicory, why not just buy some online. You can get CDM or Morning Call blends by the pound, or buy some roasted chicory and blend your own. Here's where I get mine:


                          1. re: Zeldog

                            Thanks!!! I'm following up right now...Thank GOD for Google!!

                        3. re: Zeldog

                          You're right about bread and beer. But, an authentic Martini is GIN and vermouth. Please deliver me from all these imitations, including vodka cocktails, in Martini glasses!

                2. My favorite in the city are the orange blossom beignets at Piperade.