Visitors to New Orleans’ South Market District will find plenty of holiday cheer inside Willa Jean, Besh Restaurant Group’s newest bakery venture, headed by Kelly Fields and 2014 Louisiana Cookin’ Chef to Watch LisaMarie White.
The space itself is bright, warm, and inviting, but it’s the mix of expertly crafted edibles and cocktails that captured our attention. Not only do the bakery’s Milk and Cookies land it firmly on Santa’s nice list, the house-made eggnog deserves its own special nod. A silky mixture of cream, eggs, spices, rum, Amaretto, Cognac, and rye, the drink takes on a delicious complexity that’s perfect for chilly afternoons. Be sure to try it with one of the bakery’s signature pastries or cookies for a delectable holiday treat. And you can even order a carafe to go!