2014 Winter Restaurant Guide:  New Orleans Coffee & Dessert Shops_lowres

Laurel Street Bakery serves house-baked goods, coffee and more.

Abita Roasting Company

504 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 246-3340; www.abitaroasting.com

Rosemary chicken salad is served on a warm croissant with mixed greens, toasted almonds and blue cheese with a side of kettle chips. The turkey panino includes mixed greens, tomatos, Swiss cheese and house-made avocado spread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Adrian's Bakery

2016 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 875-4302; 4710 Paris Ave., (504) 282-2283; www.adrians-bakery.com

Praline pound cake is an old-fashioned butter pound cake coated with praline icing. King cake comes in a variety of flavors including cream cheese, lemon, praline and strawberry. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Angelo Brocato

214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1465; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com

House-made gelato flavors include king cake, blood orange and Italian ice. Stracciatella gelato is the "Italian chocolate chip" gelato, made with a vanilla cream base and imported Italian chocolate. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

The Bean Gallery

637 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 324-8176; www.facebook.com/thebeangallery

The Mid-City sandwich combines smoked turkey, red onions, roasted red peppers, spinach, Swiss cheese and mustard on Leidenheimer bread. Bagel and lox sandwiches feature smoked salmon, capers, cream cheese, red onions and tomatos. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

Bittersweet Confections

725 Magazine St., (504) 523-2626; www.bittersweetconfections.com

The chocolate overload cupcake is filled with chocolate ganache, frosted with chocolate buttercream and topped with chocolate shavings. Salted caramels are dipped in dark Swiss chocolate and garnished with sea salt. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Blue Dot Donuts

4301 Canal St., (504) 218-4866; 5236 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 941-7675; www.bluedotdonuts.com

Glazes and icings are made in house and donut styles include glazed, cake, filled and powdered. Bacon and maple-glazed Long Johns are a house specialty. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CC's Community Coffee House

Citywide; www.ccscoffee.com

This coffeehouse chain offers a variety of hot and cold specialty drinks, including Mochasippi, a creamy frozen espresso drink topped with whipped cream. Many locations serve chocolate croissants, muffins, cookies and other baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Credit cards. $

Cafe Du Monde

Citywide; www.cafedu- monde.com

Cafe Du Monde serves its signature cafe au lait, iced cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar. Fountain drinks also are available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

Campbell's Coffee & Tea

516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.com

Baked goods include white chocolate almond scones and sage-cheddar biscuits. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

Cold Stone Creamery

624 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 218-8900; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite F, Harahan, (504) 736-5037; 70380 Hwy. 21, Suite 3, Covington (985) 871-1470; www.coldstonecreamery.com

Cold Stone offers changing ice cream flavors such as fudge truffle, plus sundaes, cakes, shakes sorbet and more. King cake-flavored ice cream and king cake ice cream cakes are available. No reservations. Hours vary depending on location. Credit cards. $

The Creole Creamery

4924 Prytania St., (504) 894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., (504) 482-2924; www.creolecreamery.com

The Creole Creamery makes original flavors like nectar cream sherbet. The Skyscraper sundae features scoops of chocolate, vanilla and cookies and cream ice cream with fudge, caramel and Oreos on top. The peanut butter fudge sundae has two scoops of fudge ice cream, peanut butter sauce, peanuts, hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, wafers and cherries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

Gambino's Bakery

300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, (504) 391-0600; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-7500; www.gambinos.com

These bakeries serve king cakes, doberge cakes, specialty cakes, pastries, eclairs, cream puffs, brownies, cookies and more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Haydel's Bakery

4037 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, (504) 837-0190; www.haydelbakery.com

Traditional king cakes are available year round. The Cajun Kringle is a flaky pastry filled with praline and topped with caramel icing and pecans. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

The Kupcake Factory

800 Metairie Road, Suite Q, Metairie, (504) 267-4990; 819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 464-8884; 911 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 570-6420; 6233 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 267-3328; www.thekupcakefactory.com

The strawberries and cream cupcake is a white almond cake filled with strawberry compote. The Key lime cupcake is filled with tart custard and whipped Key lime frosting. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

La Boulangerie

4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777

Le Parisien is a ham and cheese sandwich on house-baked baguette. Mille feuille vanille layers puff pastry and pastry cream and is drizzled with chocolate and vanilla icing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

La Divina Gelateria

621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., (504) 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, (504) 258-2115; www.ladivinagelateria.com

Two of the most popular gelatos include Azteca (spicy chocolate) and bourbon-pecan, made with Maker's Mark. Some locations serve panini, salads and pizza. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Morning Call

3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-4068; City Park, Timken Center, 56 Dreyfous Street, (504) 300-1157; www.morningcallcoffeestand.com

Beignets are made with the same recipe as when Morning Call opened in the French Market in 1870. There's a limited menu of items such as jambalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

NOLA Beans

762 Harrison Ave., (504) 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com

The Spanish Fort salad combines grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, avocado, pico de gallo, corn, black beans and avocado ranch dressing. The triple-decker Magic club sandwich is made with ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatos and house-made spread on a choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Nonna Randazzo's

925 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 684-0090; 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite 5, Covington, (985) 893-1488; 22022 Marhsall Road, Mandeville, (985) 898-2444; www.nonnaskingcakes.com

The bakery offers king cakes, pastries, turtles, almond macaroons, decorated cookies, breads, pies and more. The Covington location offers a lunch menu of panini, salads and small pizzas. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PJ'S Coffee

Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com

This locally founded coffee chain offers its own roasts in hot and cold coffee drinks and a selection of bagels, pastries, muffins and more. On the cool side, PJ's granita is a slushy frozen coffee drink. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The PeaceBaker

6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 888-9094; www.thepeacebaker.com

Gluten-free and vegan king cakes are cinnamon-flavored and topped with purple, green and gold sugar. The Chocolate Kiss is a thick chocolate ganache served cold or hot like a gooey molten chocolate cake. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Pinkberry

citywide; www.pinkberry.com

Pinkberry offers frozen and Greek yogurt in cups or waffle cones with a large selection of toppings. Pinkberry shakes are made with frozen yogurt and can include combinations such as mango-pineapple and chocolate-peanut butter. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Pure Yogurt Culture

8108 Hampson St., (504) 864-8108; www.pureyocult.com

The selection of yogurts changes often and pure tart is a popular regular flavor. Recent flavors include salted caramel, kiwi and peanut butter, and there's always a Who Dat mystery flavor. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Royal Blend Coffee & Tea House

204 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-7779; 621 Royal St., (504) 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.com

The Old Metairie sandwich combines chicken salad, bacon and avocado on seven grain whole wheat bread. The California salad includes turkey, Swiss cheese, cucumber, avocado, sprouts and fresh vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Rue de la Course

1140 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-4343; www.facebook.com/ruedelacourse

The coffeeshop offers a selection of bagels (plain, sesame, everything, honey whole wheat or cinnamon-raisin) from Artz Bagelz. The Downtown sandwich includes turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce, sprouts and mayonnaise on a choice of bagel and comes with chips, potato salad or coleslaw. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

Shake Sugary

3600 St. Claude Ave., (504) 355-9345; www.shakesugary.com

The sweet potato and maple bacon biscuit is a winter favorite. Vegan king cakes are available during Carnival. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

Still Perkin'

The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 899-0335; www.neworleanscoffeeshop.com

The coffeeshop offers salads and wraps and is known for its coffee with chicory. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Sucre

3025 Magazine St., (504) 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-2277; www.shopsucre.com

Sucre's macarons are almond meringue cookies filled with house-made creams, ganaches or mousellines in flavors such as salted caramel and pistachio. The All Things NOLA sundae is made with brown-butter pecan gelato, bread pudding pieces, bananas Foster sauce, whipped cream and pecans. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

The Sweet Palate

519 St. Louis St., (504) 522-5150; www.thesweetpalate.com

Chocolate mousse cakes are available with dark or white chocolate. Salt water taffy is available in seasonal flavors such as gingerbread, vanilla, red velvet cake and peppermint. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Tout De Suite Cafe

347 Verret St., (504) 362-2264; www.toutdesuitecafe.com

For breakfast, the Atchafalaya features crawfish etouffee and eggs over stone-ground grits. Seduction salad combines spring greens, dried cranberries, walnuts, almonds, avocado, cucumber and house-made miso, agave and apple cider vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

Village Coffee & Tea Co.

5335 Freret St., (504) 861-1909; www.villagecoffeenola.com This coffeehouse offers pastries all day, and the lunch menu includes the Turkey and Company sandwich layered with sliced turkey, avocado, sprouts, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. The Asian chicke

n salad includes snow peas, Mandarin oranges and mixed greens. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

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