Long before there was the hit HBO show Treme, there was Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans. Upon first opening its doors as a sandwich and lotto ticket shop in 1939 and then as a popular bar before eventually converting into a family restaurant in 1941, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant has stood the test of time. Weathering many a storm, the restaurant has held strong through the winds of social and political change throughout the civil rights era as well as in the face of Hurricane Katrina. Today, it is steeped in a rich history of serving not only scrumptious food but also as a central meeting place for music, entertainment, culture and civil rights. Thanks to the vision of two generations of the Chase family, the restaurant became one of the country’s first African-American fine dining establishments and features the signature dishes of Leah Chase, anointed the “Queen of Creole Cuisine”. To boot, the restaurant boasts another impressive feat as the first art gallery for African American artists in the Big Easy. So whether it’s to bask in the same room where MLK and other leaders once held strategy sessions, or chance a sighting of our Black POTUS parlaying with a culinary legend over a meal, or simply in search of award winning Creole food (Best of New Orleans, 2014), Dooky Chase’s Restaurant is a must.
Destination: 2301 Orleans Avenue. New Orleans, LA 70119
Hours of Op: Lunch Buffet Tuesday – Friday 11 am -3 pm, Dinner Friday 5 pm-9 pm