Cafe Flora Lets the Bon Beignet Rule

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Eve M. Tai
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Brunch at Cafe Flora in Madison Park features the kind of menu you might expect at a vegetarian restaurant in Seattle. Dishes team with wild foraged chanterelles, butternut squash and baby greens dripping with vitamins.

But behind the homage to all things healthy and holy is the restaurant's dirty little not-so-secret - traditional beignets from New Orleans. Often likened to a donut, a beignet (ben-YAY) is a deep fried pastry dusted in powdered sugar.

What's not to love?

Proving that vegetarians like to laissez les bon temps rouler as much as carnivores, Café Flora deep fries these yeasty babies into golden crusted pillows.

Inside, the pale yellow dough is fluffy and soft. Like the beignet's native city, it's naughty and delicious. Sophisticated too. This is the Pacific Northwest after all, where we can't help but put our signature on a thing or two. Café Flora adds their own flourish by serving the beignets on a pool of vanilla crème anglaise ribboned with streams of blackberry coulis.

Beignets at Café Flora come in sets of three or five (I so didn't hear you ask for just one). This is bread meant to be broken among friends. Or even better, order your own private plate and know that your New Orleans brethren would approve.

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