Five Black-Owned Restaurants to Support
Sep 08 2020

Five Black-Owned Restaurants to Support

By: Abbey Hebert

With the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, it is important that we support black-owned businesses, as well as showing support for the overall movement that demands equal rights and civil justice.

Dooky Chase's Restaurant

Founded by Emily and Dooky Chase, Dooky Chase's Restaurant quickly became an important place for the discussion of civil rights, especially before the reversal of the Supreme Court ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as other local activists and civil rights leaders, discussed ideas and strategies at this restaurant. Leah Chase, wife of Edgar Dooky Chase Jr., reimagined the restaurant and proudly showcased African American art on the walls, making this the first art gallery for black artists in New Orleans. Their menu consists of Creole dishes, including gumbo, chicken creole, stuffed shrimp, and more. Dooky Chase's offers not only delicious food, but also a rich history in the battle for civil rights. 2301 Orleans Ave., (504) 821-0600, dookychaserestaurant.com

Li'l Dizzy's Café

Wayne Baquet, owner of Li'l Dizzy's Café, comes from a background of family members who introduced him to the restaurant business. His father Eddie owned popular restaurant Eddie's in the 7th Ward, and Eddie's aunt Ada Baquet Gross owned Paul Gross Chicken Coop in the 1940s. Currently, Li'l Dizzy's is the only restaurant owned by a Baquet family member that is still active. Open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, Creole house specials, and classic New Orleans po-boys. 1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 569-8997, lildizzyscafe.net

Twisted Waffles

Twisted Waffles is open Friday through Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; they are currently closed Monday through Thursday. Enjoy a nice weekend brunch at this delicious waffle restaurant, offering a wide variety of tasty and unique breakfast foods. Click here to view the menu, which includes the classic chicken and waffles dish, a waffle bowl, and a "wafflewich"—a waffle sandwich with a choice of meat, scrambled eggs, and American cheese. Check out the endless variation of waffles and enjoy their sweetness while supporting a black-owned business. 1420 Annunciation St., (504) 586-0573, twistedwaffles.com

Sno-La

Cool off on a hot New Orleans day by enjoying a sno-ball at the place where the cheesecake-stuffed sno-ball was created. Sno-La even provides an option for customers to have their sno-balls made in a souvenir glass mason jar. Click here to view their menu, which includes a variety of flavors, from traditional flavors (dreamsicle, ice cream, pineapple…) to sugar-free flavors (cherry, lemonade, strawberry…) to special flavors, most of them with New Orleans-specific names (Pour Me Something Mister, Fat Tuesday, Praline Paradise). Sno-La currently has locations in Uptown, Kenner, and Metairie, though currently the Uptown and Kenner locations are closed. 2311 N. Causeway Blvd., (504) 327-7669, snolasnowballs.com

Neyow's Creole Café

Neyow's Creole Café serves authentic Creole dishes. Click here to view this restaurant's menu and see the New Orleanian cuisine offered. Neyow's is open on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with brunch served until 2 p.m.), on Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. They are serving customers with dine-in or carry-out options. Their menu is filled with delicious dishes that make your mouth water just thinking about them, such as jambalaya, 8-oz. ribeye steaks, stuffed pork chops, and more. 3332 Bienville St., (504) 827-5474, neyows.com


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