View image of An essential French Quarter stop, CafÃ© Du Monde has been serving chicory-spiced coffee, black or au lait, for nearly 150 years. Chicory, first introduced during the Civil War era, is still used to enhance the rich chocolate undertones of dark-roasted coffee. Tourists and locals line up at all hours for the specialty coffee and famous beignets. (Courtesy of CafÃ© Du Monde) (Credit: Courtesy of CafÃ© Du Monde)
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