9 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 a.m.: It doesn’t matter when the craving hits, it’s always beignet time at Morning Call Coffee Stand. Outside of Christmas, the 150-year-old New Orleans institution slings hot bags of deep-fried, sugar-dusted brilliance 24/7. Also: chicory-laced coffee that’s strong and milky and an up-all-night classic. Morning Call has two locations, but we prefer the one in City Park, a lush green oasis well worth a wander on its own. (Hat tip to Cafe Du Monde, too, but we’re pretty sure you’ve already heard of that.) It’s cash only, obviously.
City Park Casino, 56 Dreyfous Dr., New Orleans, LA; 504-300-1157.
3325 Severn Ave., behind Lakeside Mall, Metairie, LA; 504-885-4068.