I’ve been hanging out at Lucky’s Doughnuts on Main lately, as they are emerging as the best of the gourmet donut craze with their well-crafted and delectable products. Their location inside of 49th Parallel coffee offers a great atmosphere, a nice patio, and, of course coffee and donuts. I’ve been intrigued by the beignets on the menu, and finally decided to order them up even though they take ten minutes. I haven’t seen them in Vancouver before, and I didn’t know what to expect. Would they match a proper cajun creole Beignet?
Beignets are small fritters, and are very popular in Louisiana. I have fond memories of late night visits to Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans for beignets and chicory coffee in the sultry river air. Beignets, however, are Canadian ex-pats; they are an Acadian dish, and so their reappearance in Vancouver is a homecoming of sorts. The Acadian exodus populated both Cape Breton and New Orleans with a French influence, although the cuisines have evolved quite differently.
I needn’t have worried, the Beignets at Lucky’s are pretty much heaven. The come out of the kitchen fresh made and piping hot, accompanied by three wonderfully appropriate sauces; a creamy chocolate, a Crème anglaise (a type of delicious vanilla cream), and a sour cherry compote that cuts the sweetness nicely. They aren’t greasy, are perfectly fluffy, and would make for an elegant sharing plate, though I somehow finished them myself. Now is there any chance that coffee with chicory might make an appearance?