With all the different food trucks roaming around the streets of Los Angeles, it's comforting to know there's one truck serving nothing but piping hot beignets, chicory-laced coffee and hot chocolate.
The Beignet truck is at the Arts District Farmers market in downtown L.A. most Thursdays. It's parked next to a health food vendor and across from a man who serves rotisserie chicken out of a truck.
But you don't need to see it to know it's there. When you enter the market, you're immediately drawn to the unmistakable aroma of deep-fried beignets.
The beignets come in orders of one ($2), three ($5), five ($7), eight ($10) and a dozen ($15). And you can choose to have them covered in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.
A couple minutes after you order, they are handed to you in a white paper bag, the same way you'd get them to-go at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.
Every instinct will tell you to rip open the bag and stuff one in your mouth. Just be a little cautious. These golden, puffy pillows of dough are served exceedingly hot, with every inch covered in sugar.
The beignets have a light, crisp coating, but are fluffy and chewy on the inside. And when you take a bite, a small cloud of sugar poofs out of the top, showering your clothes and anything nearby in a layer of sweet white snow.
If you like to dip your beignets, you can also order from a rotating list of daily dips with Nutella, salted caramel, strawberry, raspberry, dark chocolate, spiced maple and more. On a recent trip, the dark chocolate was rich and silky, the raspberry perfectly tart and flecked with tiny seeds.
And just like eating beignets in the French Market, you can order them with a chicory coffee or hot chocolate.
For locations: www.thebeignettruck.com/
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