Beignet cafe opens on 39th Street’s restaurant row

08/19/2013 11:58 AM

08/19/2013 3:46 PM

Less than three months after opening in the City Market, Beignet cafe adds another location.

The new Beignet on 39th Street is at 1710 W. 39th St., in the former Togo’s spot. Like its City Market counterpart, it has a vintage voodoo decor, a small indoor seating area and outdoor seating.

Menu items include savory beignets like the Crusty Crab (blue crab, herbed goat cheese and hickory bacon), the Bronx (smoked mozzarella, Italian sausage, pepperoni and meatballs), the Bourgeois Pig (cheddar, caramelized onions, apple wood and hickory bacon) and a Veg-head (honey goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts). Customers also can choose a complimentary aioli for dipping. Sweet beignets include chocolate truffle, Bavarian cream, and blackberry white chocolate.

The cafe, just a couple of blocks east of State Line Road, also serves espresso drinks, spiced chicory coffee, malted hot chocolate and other unique drink offerings.

Beignet’s founders, Bryan and Monica “Nica” Merker have taken on partners for the new 39th Street cafe — Carlos Mortera, former chef de cuisine at Lagniappe - Nica’s Cajun Kitchen, as well as the father and son who formerly owned Togo’s.

The Merkers opened their first Beignet cafe in the City Market in late May. When Beignet’s customers wanted more of the New Orleans-styled cuisine, the couple decided to convert their two-year-old Nica’s 320 restaurant on Southwest Boulevard to Lagniappe - Nica's Cajun Kitchen earlier this month.

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