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Beignets: You don't have to go to the 'burbs to check out this popular 24/7 coffee and beignets spot now that there's a location in the heart of City Park. Morning Call actually got its start in the French Quarter on Decatur Street in 1870, a spot for authentic cafe au lait and the sugary French market donuts known as beignets. Theirs are hand rolled and cut before being plunged into hot oil. What emerges is a light, delicate treat topped with powdered sugar that is sure to leave both clothes and face a tasty mess. Some locals even whisper that the coffee and beignets are better than Cafe du Monde's. You can also get standards like red beans and rice and Yet one more reason to visit gorgeous City Park, an easy bike ride up Esplanade Avenue.

Late Night: Situated in City Park, Morning Call actually got its start in the French Quarter on Decatur Street in 1870, where it was known for chicory-laced cafe au lait and the sugary French donuts known as beignets. Although also located in suburban Metairie, the location in the park is a great late night spot, with both coffee and sweets and rib-sticking faves like red beans and rice, gumbo and alligator sausage on the menu. When they're served hot out of the fryer - which isn't always the case - the beignets rival Cafe du Monde's down by the river in the French Quarter.

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Local Expert Beth D'Addono Says:

Beignets: "If you wear black to a beignet eating episode, you're asking for trouble."

Late Night: "Open 24/7, there's plenty to order beyond sugary beignets at this cash only City Park favorite."

Best for Beignets Because: Great coffee and beignets 24/7 in gorgeous City Park - what's not to like?

Best for Late Night Because: Its verdant location makes Morning Call a good idea any time of day.

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