Beignets, the French take on donuts, are a nice alternative to the morning pastry fare. And, Chez Beignets is evidently always ready to dispense tasty, hot beignets whenever you might have the craving for them: early in the morning during the week before work; late at night during the weekend; late at night during the week, etc. Run by an affable German couple, Chez Beignets has very long hours.
The beignets are excellent; slightly heavier than other local versions, and a little more flavorful. Usually fresh from the deep fryer, the soft doughy exteriors are ladled with an impressive amount of powdered sugar. Though delicious, these are probably not recommended on a daily basis. Two beignets are usually enough for most, though three for only three bucks is tough to resist, though the sugar rush or feeling of tightening arteries might be palpable. If some more sugar is needed you can get the beignets stuffed with chocolate mousse, vanilla-hazelnut or a raspberry filling for an additional charge.
It’s a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the beignets with the morning paper and a drink, be it an espresso or espresso-based drink, chicory coffee, hot chocolate, iced coffee, the more familiar drip coffee, tea or granite (a flavored, mostly frozen drink). Chez Beignets also serves the bubble tea drinks that were initially popular in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
10623 Bellaire Blvd. (east of Wilcrest)
Houston, Texas 77072
Copyright Mike Riccetti. Adapted from Houston Dining on the Cheap, and used with permission.
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