We were over at Orange Beach 23 October and decided to head out for breakfast. We’d wanted to try Cafe Beignet for some time, so we treated ourselves to hot beignets. The location is easy to find at 25405 Perdido Beach Boulevard (in the same shopping center as Winn-Dixie). There wasn’t much traffic on a Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and we were able to park right in front of the store.
In a few words, Cafe Beignet is simple, but good. Their menu offers beignets (of course), a few pastries, and drinks. That’s it. I went with my wife and two small kids (2 years and 10 months). We split two orders of beignets; my wife and I each had an OJ, and our older daughter had milk. Our baby had to settle for our good company, as she is too young for anything on the menu. Cafe Beignet had a highchair for our elder daughter and that helped a lot.
The beignets are terrific – fried dough covered in powdered sugar. You won’t lose any weight after eating at Cafe Beignet, but your taste buds will thank you. We would have liked to try some cafe au lait, but we had coffee beforehand.
Based on our experience, the business mainly serves carry-out customers. We were the only people eating at Cafe Beignet, but the carry-out business was steady. Our service was fine – the waitress got things out to us and “made over” our girls. She told us that they have been open at the Orange Beach location for 13 years and that they also have a location in the Bruno’s shopping center in Gulf Shores.
The decor is OK, but nothing special. The tables mostly seat four people, though I did notice one table for two, and three tables for six. The furniture isn’t bad, though the chairs are mismatched. Some attractive artwork – which is for sale – hangs on the walls and there is also a U.S. – Canada map at the back of the restaurant. (Diners can stick pins in their hometowns on the map). Cafe Beignet offers USA Today and the local newspapers, but a sign warns diners not to read them without paying for them. In short, the restaurant isn’t bad, but it could use some updating.
A couple of final notes are in order. One, Cafe Beignet does not accept credit cards – just cash and checks. Two, they are open from 6:30 a.m. to “noon-ish,” seven days per week.
This place is worth a try. We might see you there, as we’ll be back for more beignets.