Café du Monde
The menu at Café du Monde in the French Market is simple, and almost everyone comes for the same combination: café au lait and beignets. New Orleans-style cafe au lait is made with scalded milk, coffee and ground chicory root, creating a slightly bitter flavor. It's a perfect pair with sweet doughnut-like beignets, which are puffy, fried squares generously topped with powdered sugar and served in sets of three. Other beverages are available, including iced café au laits (a blessing during the sweltering summer). Café du Monde's 19th-century, pavilion-style building is air conditioned and features high ceilings, tall French doors with sunburst arches, and big pillars.