A restaurant in Riverside is serving beignets morning, noon and night.
The Beignet Spot is the latest enterprise by the Alce family, which opened Dhat Island in Redlands in 2009 and followed it up with Dhat Creole Grill in the Riverside Food Lab in 2018.
Victoria Galindo prepares beignets for frying at the Beignet Spot in Riverside. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Angela Alce, left, co owner and executive chef of the Beignet Spot in Riverside, assists Victoria Galindo as they fry beignets Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
The B Spot Loaded Fries with seasoned fries, cheese, pickles, fried chicken and house sauce is one of lunch specialty items available at the Beignet Spot in Riverside Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Angela Alce, co owner and executive chef of the Beignet Spot in Riverside, holds the Artisan Berry Berry which contains blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and is topped with whipped cream on Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
The Jerk Fried Chicken Sandwich along with a pair of beignet’s is one of the tasty specialty items available at the Beignet Spot in Riverside Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
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The third eatery is a little different from the first two, according to Angela Alce, co-owner and executive chef. She envisions it as the flagship store in a chain that brings beignets to all of Southern California and beyond.
She said interest from investors has been high since the fast-casual restaurant opened in the spring, as well as from diners, who can watch beignets being made through a window into the kitchen.
Beignets are a fried pastry that is common in France and the French Carribean, according to Alce.
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The Beignet Spot serves them in 8- and 12-packs and in desserts with toppings such as peach cobbler and berries.
The menu also includes beignets in breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Among them are a breakfast combo with grits, andouille sausage and scrambled eggs; fried chicken; and jerk chicken in both breakfast and lunch sandwiches.
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Alce said her husband Carlo is from Haiti and she is from the South, which their menus reflect.
“We always say everything we put our hands to is a fusion of all things Caribbean and all things Southern. So that’s why we introduced flavors such as jerk chicken to our Beignet Spot. You’re not going to find many places that have a jerk flavor profile next to a beignet.”
Beverages include chicory coffee, which is made from the roots of chicory plants rather than coffee beans.
“People associate the flavor with campfire coffee. It’s a very distinct flavor. It has little licorice notes,” said Angela Alce.
“Chicory coffee has for us been a staple from the South, and we just knew that was something we wanted to bring to the West Coast.”
Angela and Carlo Alce’s sonFabrice is the “face” of the Beignet Spot, which will be adding merchandise such as beignet-themed apparel to its lineup, according to its website. Angela Alce said it will be selling chicory coffee and beignet mix for holidays.
The Beignet Spot
Where: 4019 Market Street, Riverside.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Information: 951-224-9830, beignetspot.com