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Go bananas for beignets: Fat Tuesday quickly approaches

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Donuts; everyone loves them, nobody can turn them down, and you can never have enough. But have you ever sunk your teeth into a beignet?

Beignet is the French word for fritter. They are one of the many fried traditions in New Orleans. Beignets usually run on the smaller size at approximately two inches in diameter.

“How could you not love beignets?” said Mississippi native and beignet enthusiast Melanie Brady. “It’s perfectly fried dough covered in a mountain of powdered sugar.”

Since the 16th century, beignets have been associated with Mardi Gras, or as Midwesterners call it, Fat Tuesday. The most prominent place Minnesotans can find a beignet, without traveling down to New Orlean’s famous Café Du Monde, which has been operating since 1862, is the Good Day Café, located off Wayzata Boulevard in Minneapolis.

“It’s perfectly fried dough covered in a mountain of powdered sugar,” said Brady.

The Good Day Café offers the French-style donuts cooked to order for just $1.95.

“They are simple, yet ridiculously delicious,” said Brady. Beignets are mostly paired with a café au lait, a strong dark roast coffee with chicory.