Beignets Always Hot!
- story and photos by Lisa Monti
2401 McLaurin St.
Ana’s Cafe opened about a year ago in Waveland and has been drawing faithful customers for breakfast and lunch ever since. Owner Ana Rogers, a native of Portugal and the former owner of Grammy’s Donuts, seemed to know most of her customers on a recent Saturday morning, visiting from table to table to say hello and check on things.
As we waited for our orders, Rogers brought over a sampling of donut holes and a full-sized glazed donut. What’s a person to do? It would be rude not to.
When our breakfast orders arrived, both were tasty and plentiful, just what the first meal of the day should be. Ana’s Special holds top billing on the menu with classic fare: 2 eggs any style, grits or hash browns, toast or biscuit. Add bacon, sausage or ham or pancakes if you need more fuel. The daily special was a hearty omelet built around spinach and mushrooms, with hash browns and a large biscuit for good measure.
If you prefer a sweet start to the day rather than a savory breakfast, relax and enjoy. The display case in Ana’s Cafe is filled with enormous cinnamon rolls, flaky Danishes, crispy shoe soles, rich chocolate croissants, strudels, turnovers, apple fritters and muffins. And beignets. Yes, beignets. As the sign says, “Beignets Always Hot!”
Lunch at Ana’s is standard hearty fare, too. The menu includes roast beef, burgers, hamburger steak, pork chops, salads, chicken tenders and wings and shrimp grilled or fried.
There’s also a daily lunch special Monday through Friday.
Ana’s Cafe is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday.