One of the quintessential Disneyland must-eats are the beignets! You can find ’em at a couple of locations around the Happiest Place on Earth, and there is definitely a difference of opinion on which version is best.
We’re going to take a look at the options, and we want YOU to tell us your favorite!
Mickey Beignets + Dipping Sauces at Cafe Orleans
in Disneyland Park is probably my all-time favorite spot to enjoy Beignets. And there are lots of reasons for that.
Inside, you’re surrounded by rich colors, beautiful stained glass, and Disney history — the spot houses an espresso machine that was a favorite of Walt Disney himself! And the outside patio offers great people watching and a good vantage point to enjoy beautiful New Orleans Square.
But great location is just the tip of the iceberg. Because the real reason that these are some of the best Beignets ever? They’re Mickey-shaped!
And, luckily, they come with Dipping Sauces! Because just about every food should be dipped, I think.
Here there’s not one, but two — Vanilla Creme Anglaise and Raspberry Coulis. My favorite is the raspberry — combined with the beignets, it’s like eating a jelly donut!
A look at the inside shows you just how remarkably light and airy the Beignets are.
If you happen to visit Disneyland during the Fall or Winter holidays, you just might stumble upon some seasonal Beignet flavors as well. The Gingerbread Beignets with Vanilla Sauce sound like a pretty great way to usher in the Yule Tide Spirit!
Mickey Beignets to Go and More Seasonal Flavors at Mint Julep Bar
If you’re looking for just a snack, or you’re in the mood for a stroll and nosh experience, you can also find Mickey-Shaped Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
Here, the treats are served in a paper bag, tossed with a ton of Powdered Sugar.
You won’t get any dipping sauces here (Why, Disney? Why??), but you can decide whether you’d like a single order or enough to share. Choose from a three-count or six-count.
Here’s an interesting point to ponder, though. The Beignets that I’ve had here aren’t quite as light or airy as the ones I’ve gotten over at Cafe Orleans. Fluke or actual difference? Hmmm.
And what is a sure-fire way that we know Fall has arrived in Disneyland? Pumpkin Beignets arrive once more at the Mint Julep Bar!
While the orange-hued dough doesn’t taste night-and-day different from the regular beignets, pumpkin fans may taste a slight spice.
And we hear that a Bananas Foster version makes an appearance, too. Yum!
Traditional Beignets at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying Beignets in New Orleans, then the rectangularly-shaped pillows of fried dough here will seem more familiar to you. And you have the added bonus of watching the staff make them fresh right before your eyes!
Looks good, right? Fresh from the fryer.
And at Ralph Brennan’s you can choose from a small order containing 4, a large order with 6, or family-sized order with 10!
Hot, fresh, and delicious, these are the perfect breakfast food to start your day — just add coffee. Or they make a great afternoon snack as well. (I can even vouch for them the next day.)
You can also pick up a box of Cafe du Monde Beignet Mix to whip up a batch at home!
Now It’s Your Turn!
We want to hear from you! Which Disneyland Beignet is your favorite? When it comes to hankering after this Big Easy treat, are you headed into Disneyland to Cafe Orleans for its Tower o’ Mickey Beignets with dipping sauces, or to the Mint Julep Bar for a snack and stroll? Do you prefer the fun seasonal flavors like Pumpkin and Gingerbread — or do you take the purist’s approach and head for Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express?
Let us hear your vote for the best Disneyland Beignets in comments!