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Beignets in Atlanta

Artisan Foods Bakery & Cafe beignets, credit: Jenny Turknett

Artisan Foods Bakery & Cafe beignets, credit: Jenny Turknett

Recently, I met a friend for coffee at Artisan Foods Bakery & Cafe in Roswell. We splurged on an order of beignets. At Artisan Foods, these small square puffs of fried loveliness are not on the printed menu, yet regulars know to order them. Looking around, there was nary a table without them.

As we laughed about how hard it is to go wrong with fried yeast dough and dusted the powdered sugar from our clothes, we reminisced about the days of the now-closed Huey’s and Crescent City Beignets.

There is a new beignet spot in town serving both sweet and savory beignets. In addition to traditional beignets, the Beignet Connection will serve crawfish, lobster or potato beignets (to name a few). Non-beignet Creole/Cajun specialties are also offered at this new restaurant in Midtown West’s Pencil Factory opening today.

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sundays. 349 Decatur Street SE, Atlanta. 404-525-5295.

Where do you go in Atlanta to get your beignet fix?

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

20 comments Add your comment

Molly

March 25th, 2011
5:43 am

Whole foods on Ponce, every saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

StephieZ

March 25th, 2011
8:49 am

Have they finally opened? They were supposed to open in October and in january it was still empty.

Jenn P.

March 25th, 2011
9:00 am

West Midtown? I guess the marketing folks at Beignet Connection thought that was trendier to say than their real location which is smack dab DOWNTOWN (or even O4W, but just barely). Why bother mentioning an area if you’re just going to lie about it?

Jenny Turknett

March 25th, 2011
9:05 am

StephieZ, they are supposed to open today at 11 a.m. Let us know what you think if you try it!

PJ

March 25th, 2011
9:30 am

We used to love going to Huey’s late at night for beignets – so sad that it closed. I loved the choices of dipping sauces a Huey’s. North of NOLA in Roswell offers up some pretty tasty beignets along with fantastic jambalaya. Very interested to check out the savory beignets at Beignet Connection.

Jo

March 25th, 2011
10:01 am

I’ve been looking for them to open for some time. I’m from New Orleans and will be front and center today. Glad I caught this article. I’ve certainly check back in.

I’ll also ditto Whole Foods beignets. They aren’t Cafe Du Monde but a second best!

Lesley

March 25th, 2011
10:56 am

The beignets at Whole Foods on Ponce are delicious! They make them each weekend.

LindaK

March 25th, 2011
1:12 pm

@JennP: I don’t think the shop actually coined the phrase. I have seen that “terminology” used by other restaurants in the area, and referenced in other writings. Open Table actually uses this as the location for restaurants such as JCT Kitchen and Bacchanalia.

gette

March 25th, 2011
2:23 pm

You can always do mail order thru Cafe Du Mond . Great coffee and beignets!

RobertR

March 25th, 2011
3:20 pm

It appears there is some confusion regarding the location. Pencil Factory (349 Decatur St) is nowhere near West Midtown (which is a real neighborhood in the Atlanta vernacular). One of those descriptors for Beignet Connection’s location is incorrect.

Random Wine Geek

March 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

Using “Midtown” to describe a location on Decatur St. address is a pretty extreme distortion of geographic descriptions even by Atlanta standards. Kind of like the old, desperate attempts of residents at the north part of Sandy Springs/south part of Roswell (particularly in the Huntcliff neighborhood) to claim that they lived in Dunwoody. Or the current rampage of Vinings, consuming Smyrna like an irradiated slime mold from a Godzilla movie. Now, if we could just feed the marketing genius who invented the “Sobu” moniker to the Vinings-blob . . .

Jenny Turknett

March 25th, 2011
7:20 pm

I’ll have to try the beignets at Whole Foods – never had them! Any other good places?

Midtown schmidtown!

March 25th, 2011
7:24 pm

So what are the odds that the only 3 people in Atlanta who give a crap about the finer points of Atlanta addresses all post on the same blog. If you’re worried about getting lost, the actual address is posted – you can say it’s East Bumbleberry if you want and you’ll still make it there :)

Jo

March 26th, 2011
1:21 am

LOL@ Midtown schmidtown….ahahha

So I went… Sigh… It’s their first day… it’s their first day… It’s their first day… I won’t go into my troubled experience. I’d suggest giving them a month to be 100%

As for the beignets, they weren’t consistent… I had three of the regular desert type…Whole Foods is better… BUT!!

Their gumbo is AWESOME!! I can’t wait to get more… the shrimp po-boy was good… the gumbo was the closet to home I’ve ever had.

Jenny Turknett

March 26th, 2011
7:27 am

Jo – thanks for the update! And, yes, we’ll keep in mind that it was their very first day. So glad to hear about the authenticity of the gumbo!

Kimbo

March 26th, 2011
1:36 pm

I also went for the grand opening. And, like Jo said, I kept reminding myself it was their first day. The beignets we got were a bit doughey. And my girlfriend said that the gumbo seemed like it could cook a little longer to develop the flavors more. But the shrimp po boy was delicious – the sauce on it was great, and the shrimp were fried nicely and had a great coating. I let them know about the beignets being a little doughey, but I also let them know that it was constructive criticism. I will absolutely be trying them again in a month or so, because I’m sure they’ll have the kinks worked out by then.

KatieB

March 26th, 2011
10:52 pm

Midtown is not downtown. To think otherwise means you really just don’t get intown Atlanta. Just like the neighborhoods of Milton and Alpharetta and Roswell, we have them too intown. If someone thinks that Midtown is Downtown is Virginia Highland is Decatur, well shoot, you really don’t get the lifestyle and the thought processes at all. Oh yeah, and I’m from New Orleans and I love beignets. That was the original topic, wasn’t it?

Tony

March 29th, 2011
9:52 am

KatieB..JennP..Random Geek..what’s the freeking big deal about the labeling of the area..that’s what the area is called…I agree with you LindaK. Simple minds comes in three’s! Get a life folks we’re discussing food…remember?

SCG

March 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

@Tony, KatieB, et al’s point was that this is not “what the area is called.” Atlanta is a city of neighborhoods, and we are very proud of them. It sucks when your neighborhood’s identity is usurped by a marketer.

Tony

March 29th, 2011
10:12 pm

@SCG….it is …what it is!!!! I don’t think TBC is trying to downplay the neighborhood, they’re new and they’re probably going off of the information that was given to them. I ate there besides the great food.. the folks appear to be pretty down to earth!