The 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America
Every city has that one place that tourists and locals alike go to for local flavor. Which one is the best?
- By Marina Koren
- Smithsonian.com, August 07, 2013
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Café Du Monde’s famous coffee and beignets date back to the Civil War, when the original coffee stand opened in 1862. The café serves its trademark java black or au lait with a New Orleans twist. It’s blended with chicory, the root of the endive plant, which softens the dark roasted coffee’s bitter edge. Its beignets, pronounced “ben yays,” are square French-style fried doughnuts smothered in powdered sugar. The Big Easy staple is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for Christmas or, as it says on its website, “on the day an occasional hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.”