The Beignet Connection is a sweet little spot that just opened at the Pencil Factory Flats in my hood, Grant Park. I think it will be a welcome addition to this fast growing area and after reading about it on 285 Foodies, I decided to give it a go.
Beignets aside, they offer traditional Cajun cuisine and are open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. They have divided the space into two dining areas, have a bar and full table service. A little fancier than I expected but still comfortable and casual.
I really liked this lunch option; 1/2 a po' boy of your choice and soup. Sadly, they were out of oysters so I opted for the shrimp po' boy and gumbo, all for just under $10. It is a perfect lunch size option, the shrimp were huge and perfectly cooked and the bread was lightly toasted to a nice crunch. The gumbo had a lot of body to it, a little under seasoned but nothing a little salt & hot sauce couldn't fix.
Of course, I had to try the beignets and you can order just one which is a nice option. It was only slightly "doughy" but still fairly light. I also ordered a traditional chicory cafe au lait which was very good. The staff was polite, attentive and very interested in feedback. I am no expert on this style of food but I enjoyed it and look forward trying more of their menu.
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