The Brooklyn Café is a Place for Everybody

Posted Nov 27th, 2018 in Foodie Fodder


With donuts made from scratch according to a 100-year-old family recipe and beignets (pronounced “ben-yeyz”) inspired by the ones found in the Café du Monde in New Orleans, it’s easy to see why people return repeatedly to The Brooklyn Café in the Brooklyn Arts District of Downtown Wilmington.

Open for a little over a year, this café is a true family affair with owner Rodney Robbins at the helm. His mother, Ollie-Jean, who grew up in central Texas, was the creator of the donut recipe the details of which remain a family secret. 

Rodney inherited the baking gene and tinkered with the New Orleans’ beignet recipe to create his Brooklyn Café staple. Rodney’s daughter and niece share his love of home-baking. His daughter makes the gluten-free banana balls and his niece is the talent behind the cupcakes. Other members of the family work in the café and were all taught how to make perfect beignets and donuts to maintain the consistency customers have grown to love. The secret is in the air pocket.

The dough is made 24 hours in advance and the beignets are made to order. The process takes just a few short minutes and the smell is divine. Meanwhile, you can choose from the selection of beverages: organic coffees, frappes, smoothies, espressos, and lattés. You can even opt for wine or craft beer. Once the beignets are served, you learn to appreciate the social element encouraged at The Brooklyn Café. The platter comes with five beignets which always sparks a conversation over who gets the fifth one…most people share it!


The Brooklyn Café is a good place for family bonding, a place for everybody from all walks of life. Spend some time there to appreciate the authentic products, enjoy the ambiance and share stories. Once you’ve tried the beignets, we know you’ll be back for more!

Hours: Tues – Thurs 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Fri, Sat, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.


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Brooklyn Cafe
706 N 4th St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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