Bayou Bakery’s Beignets

You can keep your trendy cupcakes and overly-glazed Krispy Kremes — I’ll take beignets. And since the Super Bowl is being played in New Orleans this Sunday, it’s only appropriate to honor this classic doughnut made famous in America by The Big Easy.

There are some great beignets at Bayou Bakery in Court House, plus a whole lot more. I’ve heard the place does a mean brunch.

“How crowded does it get for brunch?” I asked the woman behind the counter.

“Oh, it’s crowded. The line goes out the door,” she answered.

Another customer next to me piped up. “It’s worth it.”

Okay, then. Will have to come back for brunch. In the meantime, my friend Becky and I stopped in for dinner.

We both liked the ambiance and comfy decor of the self-service restaurant. Especially the back area with the couch and TV.



Not exactly a winter drink, but I wanted to try the Rebirth Punch with fruit juice and rum. Good for any weather!


We shared the unusual and tasty roasted endive with crumbled feta and toasted pecans.


And the pickled black-eyed pea spread.


Can’t go to a place called Bayou Bakery without sampling the gumbo.


Nice, but maybe a little flat in flavor and spice compared to a really great gumbo.

My blackened turkey meatballs were moist and hearty. And quite reasonably priced — $6. Actually, everything at Bayou Bakery is reasonably priced.


Then it was time for the grand finale, an order of beignets.


Word of advice — be careful when breathing or moving around powdered sugar. One gesture and suddenly it was as if a blizzard had landed on my phone. I’m not sure powdered sugar damage is covered under warranty.

Anyway, beneath that avalanche were three poofy beignets. Soft and yeasty. And warm. Ooooh. We swooned over every bite.

It sure would be fun to be in New Orleans this week, living it up for the Super Bowl.  We’ll have to settle for the next best thing — eating beignets, and pretending we’re there.

Bayou Bakery
1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA

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