Loretta's Pralines

New Orleans

Possibly the best pralines and beignets in New Orleans can be found at this adorable corner bake shop founded in the 1980s by Loretta Harrison, whom you'll discover is just as sweet as her creations when she greets you inside. Whether you're stuffing your face with one after another or eating them in Loretta's king cake, you're not leaving here without having an obscene amount of her sugary, pecan-filled pralines. Made from a family recipe, they're perfectly crisp and not overloaded with nuts. Save room for some of the heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth beignets, too. Or, leave both of these confections for dessert and have lunch at one of the dozen tables first -- Loretta's also serves a handful of Southern dishes like shrimp & grits.