Dooky Chase’s Restaurant

A friend of a relative recommended us to visit this place while on vacation in New Orleans. I heard a little about the historical significance of the restaurant and decided to give it a try.

Dooky Chase's Restaurant

We took a cab since the restaurant is not located convenient to public transport. It’s a nondescript building with a small sign that could easily be missed if you weren’t looking out for it. The menu features a mix of soul food and creole cuisine. We opted for the $18 all you can eat buffet which gave us a chance to sample many of their entrees, including their famous fried chicken. Also featured were red beans & rice, mac & cheese, salad, fried catfish, andouille sausage & seafood gumbo.

Despite the modest decor on the outside, the inside is quite colorful with lots of beautiful paintings from local artists. There’s a main dining room with smaller rooms for private functions, each painted in bright colors.

Dooky Chase main dining room

private dining room

salon area

Some of the beautiful local artwork..

local artwork

The food was delicious. I was looking forward to the peach cobbler, but they had run out and were served pecan pie with ice cream instead. Only drawback is that the restaurant is open only for brunch on weekdays. We briefly spotted the owner, Leah Chase walking through the restaurant to greet patrons.

It’s not the best photo, but I managed to get a shot of this picture of President Obama with the owner.

Obama & Leah Chase

Afterwards, we decided to walk back to downtown. The surrounding neighborhood is a residential area that is still recovering from the effects of hurricane Katrina. We passed some newly built houses as well as those still boarded up. Spotted this t-shirt at a local souvenir shop that was quite appropriate.

make levees not war

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant
2301 Orleans Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-0535

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Miss Moon
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 16:42:27

    Wow, I love little restaurants like that off the beaten path!!!!! The Mardi Gras painting on the red wall was breathtaking!!!!


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