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Beignets in Calgary?

Could someone kindly point out a place that makes 'Cafe du Monde' style beignets (the sweet kind)? I have no idea where I can go to find them in this city, but I'd like to cheer my sister up with some (or something similar). Or if someone could maybe point out some other good beignets available? Much appreciated.

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  1. Maybe in New Orleans? I don't think that there is anywhere in Calgary making beignet, but I could be wrong.

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    1. re: Zydeco_Mama

      The only places I can think might have the would be the French Quarter in Canmore or The Best of New Orleans in Okotoks.

    2. I don't know anywhere in Calgary that makes them but you should be able to make some at home. CDM even sells the packaged Beignet mix if you can't find a recipe.

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      1. re: Sneaky

        I guess making them myself is about the only real option then. I already had a recipe but I was just wondering if there was anywhere that served them. Thanks anyways.

      2. Hi i know a place in Calgary that does catering and there specialty are beignets, I think they are opening up in the famers market soon, email poboybeignets@gmail.com to order.

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        1. re: JZED

          With a name like that they'd better make PO BOYS too!

          1. re: John Manzo

            if I could get a PoBoy here I would give up my pending child.

            I would.

            1. re: messier

              I would say you were nuts, but having lived on the turkey po boys from Pollman's Bakery in Mobile for two years, I can see where you're coming from.

              JZED you don't just drop a bomb like that and walk away. We need details.

              1. re: John Manzo

                LOL John, I am a bit nuts these days, but I truly appreciate that you understand how just the thought of the possibility of maybe getting one bite of one PoBoy has sent me into a craving frenzy that just cannot be satiated.

                Now all I can think about is PoBoys and Muffuletta and pralines. Lord in heaven.

                So yes JZED. Details. DETAILS.

              2. re: messier

                You can get PoBoys here. I've not tried them, but Mikey's Juke Joint (http://www.mikeysjukejoint.com/menus) in Sunalta sells them.

            2. re: JZED

              Hi Jzed, I can't find anything online do you have anything other than an email for PoBoys? or which market they'll be at?

              1. re: maplesugar

                Has anyone found this mystery baignets maker? I'm tempted to e-mail them and ask what's up.

            3. Not being any sort of Beignet expert, I can't comment at all on if they'd be to your liking... I did have some beignet's for breakfast at the new-ish bakery in Woodbine about 6 months ago. Might be worth checking out??? Although, my wife's banana bread french toast with carmel sauce looked superior...

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              1. re: NumberFive

                Can we get the Banana bread french toast without carmel sauce?

                That probably would be better with a laughing emoticon but...

                1. re: The Gut

                  Ha! Whoops, typo. I guess it could have been worse, I could have said that camel sauce was an option!

                  1. re: NumberFive

                    What's the typo? You both misspelled "caramel" but I don't get the joke about that.

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      Sorry I left again. On my end I only meant I'm not a fan of, um, "caramel" and the use of an emoticon may have reduced the potential of people being uncomfortable with me bringing my kids over for Banana bread french toast.

              2. Not sure about beignets (you might be at a loss, Calgary's pretty short on decent Cajun) :-[

                But Artisan Bistro has AMAZING churros with homemade chocolate sauce for your alternative-donut fix. AMAAAAZING! Best churros I've ever had.

                Artisan Bistro
                809 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2, CA

                1. I had beignets at "Patisserie du Soleil" in Woodbine.
                  They were quite good.

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                  1. re: ofelia101

                    I love.love that bakery/resturant........the cream puffs are amazing!!

                    1. re: ofelia101

                      I second this recommendation. Those beignets are amazing!

                      1. Brasserie Kensington features them as their dessert on their Big Taste (Dine Out) menu.

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                          1. re: Office Broccoli

                            Andree Lau's review


                            She doesn't say too much about the beignets (possibly due to word count restrictions)count?), but she may expand in her blog... http://ugonnaeatthat.com

                            1. re: clouie

                              Brasserie Kensington's beignets were hot and fresh. Nice dough/texture. Good portion... BUT there wasn't enough sugar and wildflower honey over them so the whole dessert was kinda dry.

                              1. re: clouie

                                Even though they aren't included on their dessert menu, our table of 4 ordered them separately as we love beignets. At first we were confused and wondering if they had a custard inside, but we quickly realized that they were actually raw. The waitress quickly whisked them away and had the kitchen make us new ones. The new order included a bigger portion for us, but agree that they needed more sugar and wildflower honey.

                            2. Ya know, its been over a year and still there doesn't seem to be a proper, permanent solution to the beignet problem in Calgary... Maybe Jelly Modern Doughnut could help??!

                              1. I haven't been to NOLA so can't compare, but the hazelnut beignet from Yann Patisserie has moved into the top ten desserts I've ever eaten. They're frequently sold out, so call ahead.

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                                1. re: tatiana131

                                  Yann is doing beignets now? Definitely going to call ahead next time I make the trip to YYC. Thanks for the heads up tatiana :)

                                  1. re: tatiana131

                                    Wow, that photo has me convinced. Gonna head down to Yann tomorrow morning--hope to find some doughnuts.

                                      1. re: The Gut

                                        329 23 Ave SW

                                        Yann Haute Patisserie
                                        329 23 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0J3, CA

                                        1. re: 23skidoo

                                          Thank you sir. I'll have to scope that out.

                                          1. re: The Gut

                                            WOW!!!! That's right, four exclamation marks. I had a really good sausage roll with a real sausage in it that was totally overshadowed by the berry on custard on a honey pastry biscuit. I would have crashed the car if we were in motion.

                                            So good!!

                                  2. This is a random place, but the Olive Garden has these donuts called Zeppoli. They're just beignets. I've been to Cafe du Monde so I know your craving. They're amazing.

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                                    1. re: allihi

                                      The Yann's beignets shown above are HEART STOPPING GOOD. One of the best things you'll ever have in your damn face. BUY THEM AND EAT THEM. Yann's almond croissants are unbelievably good too-actually the single best ones I've had in North America.

                                      1. re: plateofshrimp

                                        Pain au chocolat is my fave treat at Yann's. You know I still haven't made it to Yann's for beignets. Going to have to rectify that soon.

                                        1. re: plateofshrimp

                                          I second the almond croissants. That pumpkin bread pudding is also...mmmmm

                                      2. When does Yann make beignets? I haven't seen them there.

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                                        1. re: tibbles

                                          Every day. Maybe they're sold out when you arrive. I see them there every day.

                                          1. re: plateofshrimp

                                            The ones I saw at Yann's are doughnuts, filled and iced though they call them beignets. The kind I mean are choux pastry fried and dusted with confectioners sugar.

                                            1. re: tibbles

                                              yeah. I mentioned those on an earlier reply. They are delcious at Patisserie du Soleil.