There are times when you want to go out for a bite to eat but are not in the mood for fast food or a big named chain restaurant. When those times arise, consider grabbing something to eat at one of these quaint cafes. Located throughout the southern half of the United States, these locations offer guests unique eats as well as interesting experiences.
Louisiana: Café Du Monde
Established in 1862, the original Café Du Monde Coffee Stand is located in the New Orleans French Market. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week the café only closes on Christmas Day. The Café is a traditional-style coffee shop with a menu that features dark roasted Coffee, Beignets (French-style doughnuts covered with powdered sugar, and a variety of fruits and milk. In the last several decades additional locations have opened throughout New Orleans Metropolitan area. Guests of the Big Easy can now get their fix at Coffee Stands in the French Market, Esplanade Mall, Riverwalk Mall, Lakeside Mall, Oakwood Mall, Mandeville, Covington, and at 4600 Veterans Boulevard.
New Mexico: Café Pasqual’s
Named for San Pasqual, the folk saint of Mexican and New Mexican kitchens and cooks, this historic pueblo-style adobe is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. The quaint café is decorated in hand-painted Mexican styles and murals designed by renowned Mexican painter Leovigildo Martinez. The staff bakes dozens of loaves, make home-made ice creams, chile sauces, salsas, and a plethora of other items each day to have fresh for customers.
Tennessee: Loveless Café
For the last sixty+ years, Loveless Café has been serving up fried chicken and biscuits to locals. Owners Lon and Annie first started serving them out of the front door of their home to weary travelers who passed the location on US Highway 100 at the time. The couple would often find the owners seated at picnic tables in their front yard awaiting weary travelers. Eventually, they expanded their private home into the Loveless Motel and Café. The location quickly became known as a destination location for those who were traveling between Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. While Annie made batches of her homemade preserves and biscuits, Lon ran the motel and was responsible for smoking the meats that were used in their southern cuisine. Though the business has changed hands through the years, it is still family-owned and continues to serve the same good food that made it famous all those years ago.