New Orleans March 08, 2019
No One Does Beignets Like This One Historic Restaurant In New Orleans
New Orleans and beignets go together like peas and carrots.
These sugary treats are one of those New Orleans staples you should have tried by now, Cafe du Monde being the number one spot to grab a beignet and a chicory coffee. This one amazing restaurant in New Orleans is putting a savory spin on this iconic dish, and you have to check them out.
La Petite Grocery has been around since 2004, but like many places in New Orleans, the building has been around much longer.
Their address is 4238 Magazine St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115.
The original building was built by John B. Willig in the late 1800s.
Willig leased the charming creole-style cottage to Frank W. Mackie and together they opened up the Central Tea, Coffee, and Butter Depot. The store ran very successfully until a fire broke out in 1908 that destroyed roughly two square miles of the city, including the store. Like any good New Orleanian does, they rebuilt. This time, the store was bigger and better than ever: it featured a full service grocery store and a barn in the back so that they could make house deliveries on horse-drawn carriages. With the new building came a new name: Frank W. Mackie Grocer, and the store was a staple in the uptown neighborhood for many years. It changed ownership a few times over the years, but sadly it closed down in 1982.
When La Petite Grocery opened in 2004, they had to pay homage to the history behind this iconic Garden District building.
From the name to the atmosphere when you step inside, you can feel the history of the building when you visit.
The atmosphere is both elegant and welcoming.
For those that remember visiting the grocery store, it may even be a little nostalgic.
The menu is filled with creative spins on classic New Orleans cuisine.
Pictured above is their shrimp & grits with roasted shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon, and thyme.
One of their most popular appetizers is their blue crab beignets.
You just may fall in love after one bite.
You’ve never had a beignet like this before.
This savory beignet is practically perfect in every way and served with a malt vinegar aioli for dipping. It's ok if you don't want to share these with the table, we don't blame you.
Have you ever dined here? Let us know in the comments below!