This French-market coffee stand, established in 1862, offers a menu of dark coffee and chicory, beignets, white or chocolate ... More
Cafe Du Monde
This French-market coffee stand, established in 1862, offers a menu of dark coffee and chicory, beignets, white or chocolate milk and freshly-squeezed orange juice. Cafe Du Monde is one of the most popular places in New Orleans for singles, couples and families. You may have to wait for a table during the busiest morning hours. While the coffee is certainly good, most people come for the famous, fresh-from-the-fryer beignets. They are brought to your table in such a hurry that they are still hot when you take that first melt-in-your-mouth bite. If you feel hungry at anytime of the day, hop in to devour this delicious array!
Ah the lovely south. Things have not changed. I was just refused service by the wait staff at Cafe Du Monde and I was even wearing a hoody!!!! When will racism ever cease. First Trayvon now me? The staff person who refused me service should be fired.....There is enough disrespect an hatred in the world against black men........but when I spend my money at an establishment...I should be treated with decency and respect by the service team!!!! Things won't get better in America unless we are all committed to fighting racism when it raises it ugly head!!! — at Cafe Du Monde.
If you like rude, scowling, slow moving, indiffrent waitresses who speak very little English, then you'll love this place. The beignets? They are ok. But, much better can be found elsewhere in NOLA. A "tourist trap" that couldn't care less about their "out of town" customers.
My husband and I had been happily wandering around the French Quarter for hours before we decided on Cafe du Monde. I waited an hour for my food and watch 5 sets of patrons come and go. I was too exhausted to complain.... Firstly, they're not a cafe; the only thing they serve is donuts, coffee, and milk. Secondly, you're forced to sit at a DIRTY table. Yeah, you read that right. You seat yourselves at an unclean table, including the nasty, greasy coffee cup with some hooker's hepatitis lipstick stain and sticky, powdered sugar EVERYWHERE. Classy, no? Eventually, our waiter shows up, cleans your table (think, airborn powdered sugar), and takes our order. Can't be that hard -- coffee and beignets are all they sell. So, he disappeared. And I waited. And waited. The people around me waited too. For forty long, freakish minutes. The people watching is fun, and now and then a table of people hopped up on sugar will get into a powdered sugar fight. BTW, don't wear black. Finally, my blood sugar was so low that I considered licking the hepatitis sugar from the dirty plates at the next table. My husband went off to find the manager... This is when things got interesting. and I learned way more about how this "restaurant" runs than I wanted to. Apparently, there's a restaurant manger and a separate waiter manager. Restaurant manager showed up, promised to make it right and went off to find the waiter with my beignets. The waiter manager appeared minutes later seemingly annoyed and unapologetic. He brought with him a new waitress. Poor girl. She took my order, and rather than running off to fill it, she proceeded to take the order of everyone around me also. My blood sugar dropping and my blood pressure rinsing by the second. When she FINALLY returned 15 minutes later, she'd collected the food for four tables all at once. This is when I learned another charming tidbit about cafe du monde: their waiters pay out of pocket for your food. So, if you stiff them, you're stiffing the waiter, NOT the restaurant. I'd waited an hour at this point, and I had no intention of paying for my food. If I just took the food and left, the poor waitress would've been out $10 for something that was not her fault. My husband, donuts in hand, went off to find the manager, who still unapologetic and refused to comp the food. Flat out refused. And didn't apologize. Did I mention he didn't apologize? So, in effort to save the poor waitress, my husband handed those beignets to the manager and left. I commend my husband for being honest (more honest than me), but I could have killed him because, in the end, I was still starving.
So, in summation, the place is filthy. The service sucks. And I cannot comment on their food because I've still never had it.
This is my absolute favorite part of New Orleans. The beignets are amazing. Hot and messy! Don't expect to leave this place clean. The place is a mess and the servers are a little crazy, but its right in the middle of the french quarter and has nonstop business. What do you expect? Its all part of the french quarter atmosphere. I believe the servers are not to all technicalities employees. I think its like they buy the beignets and you pay them so they run mostly on tips. This might explain their lack of care for the area. If you have never had the Cafe Du Monde experience and you are in the area, you would definately be missing out not trying it. It ecapsulates New Orleans.
Good treats but dirty and smelly. Read on if you want details...
I stumbled upon Cafe Du Monde as I was in town for work. There was a musical group playing outside on the patio and I thought it would be a good idea to relax my tourism weary feet, and have a cup of coffee before I headed back to my hotel for the night. I walked on the patio where many fellow tourists were seated near the performers. Only a few moments after I sat down, a server approached me and got me acquainted with the short menu. He was very pleasant to me and recommended the beignets. I ordered a frozen coffee and an order of beignets since, according to him, that is what they are famous for. As I waited for my order, I began to really notice my surrondings. I realized that the floor was covered in napkins, straw wrappers and powdered sugar. I thought maybe the place was in such a disaray because they were obviously a busy establishment but then I noticed all of the other servers who were just sitting around having a smoke break on the back side of the patio, others checking their text messages and others seated right there on the patio amongst us customers just hanging out. I am not a restaurant manager or anything but it seems to me that anyone who is on the clock should be working and there was plenty of work to be doing i.e. sweeping, wiping down tables and chairs. And then I noticed the smell of sewage. Mind you, it was not a strong odor but unappetizing nonetheless. My server came back with my frozen cafe au lait and my beignets and I was delighted to find out that my total was not bad, I think it was about $6.35. The coffee was delicious and the beignets were heavenly. I sat for a little while and finished my treats. My server did come to check up on me again which was nice. I think that this cafe has so much potential but because it is so dirty and the staff appears lazy, it may scare away customers. I must say however, that I do have a new favorite New Orleans dessert though...beignets!
Every person was or in New Orleans will tell you don't miss going to Cafe Du Monde. Order Cafe au lait and beignets. You won't miss it when you stroll around the french market.
Two thing you need to be aware of:
- Bring cash, credit cards are not accepted.
- Don't wear dark color clothes... you will be topped with mountains of powder sugar
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