Café Du Monde
800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
December 30, 2011
I’m not really sure that there’s much I can say about CDM. In a way, it’s a big enough New Orleans institution that your review of it probably says more about you than you’re ever going to say about it.
The beignets were hot and delicious. We don’t drink coffee, but the hot chocolate was tasty.
I think complaints about dirty tables, a dirty restroom, and anything else you might consider to be a detriment are really missing the point as they’re all a part of the experience. Ditto long lines, though during the rather wet and cold weather of our trip, we noted that the early morning avoided most of the waiting. The morning we went, we were there bright and early and grabbed a table just as the servers were sweeping the chairs off onto the ground. But if “get up early” isn’t a reasonable solution to the line problem, patience is probably the only other recourse.
Did the food change my life? Probably not. There is something about the place that seems to sum up New Orleans, though. It was a great way to spend our last morning in the city, and my two pictures of my wife and daughter all bundled up and waiting for a mound of powdered sugar are among my favorite keepsakes of the trip.