Beignets from Sessions Public

A recent Friday night dinner at Sessions Public made me extra grateful that when I encounter legitimately lip-smacking food, my stomach capacity magically doubles, allowing me extra real estate to indulge. After polishing off their CAB Natural Buger, which I wrote about for Serious Eats, I ordered the orange scented beignets with Mexican “coco sauce”.

While the dessert was being prepared, my constant dining companion and I speculated on the size and amount of the beignets. I envisioned a pile of small, squarish pillows of pastry covered in powdered sugar, but what emerged from the kitchen was completely different. The dish contained five large, round, golden brown orbs of dough that were so fresh they were literally steaming.

Orange and chocolate really aren’t my thing, but there was no need to worry. The orange flavor was subtle, and true to the name of the dish, the scattering of zest acted more as a perfume than a strong flavor component. The beignets were crisp on the outside, and warm, fluffy, and slightly spongy on the inside, which helped them to absorb the accompanying chocolate sauce (which, surprisingly, was cold — not warm like I expected).

One good thing about dining with your spouse is all of the rules about “double-dipping” are off, and with chocolate sauce this good, you are going to want to quintuple dip the beignets to get every last drop. Luckily, the Mexican coco sauce is perfectly portioned, so no bite has to be consumed without chocolate.

I’m sure I could have managed to eat the entire plate by myself, but split between two people, the $7 dessert was just right. The beignets were light, yet filling, and had just enough chocolate to satisfy my near-constant need for the most magic of beans.

Sessions Public
4204 Voltaire Street, San Diego CA 92107

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