Every time I go home to New Orleans, we have to make at least one stop at Morning Call for beignets and café au lait. It’s a family tradition! By the way, are my grandparents cute or what? While tourists usually hit up Café du Monde in the French Quarter, Morning Call is in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans (and my hometown). Metairie is known for its strip malls, chain stores and baffling accent. But Morning Call is one of the few cool, authentic spots in the ‘burb. It beats Café du Monde any time.
Now that Morning Call has opened up a location in City Park though, we tend to go there more often, especially if we have a little more time on our hands. It’s located right next to the amazing Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden and NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art), and you can sit outside with your perfect café au lait and pillowy beignets and soak up the gorgeosity (one of my dad’s made-up words) of the surrounding oak trees with their Spanish moss and picturesque ponds filled with ducks, swans and egrets.
In fact, we love this place so much that RR and I had our post-wedding brunch here before it opened up to the public. With mimosas, live music, and obviously beignets and café au lait, it most certainly was a hit!