Dooky Chase Restaurant
The history of this cozy Treme spot is just as interesting as the authentic Creole flavors it serves up: perfectly crispy fried chicken, shrimp Clemenceau, and hearty, zesty seafood gumbo. Helmed by Chef Leah Chase -- known to locals and notable folk like President Obama and Beyoncé as the “Queen of Creole” -- the spot’s storied past covers its tenure as a po-boy and lottery shop in turned, as of 1941, beloved restaurant and community outpost for live music, local artwork, and civil rights. It’s the perfect option for a relaxed yet refined lunch during the week, and we suggest making a reservation -- it’s no secret that Dooky Chase’s is a Big Easy institution, and seating fills up fast.
The spirit of Leah Chase, known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, looms large over Dooky Chase, the late legend’s fine dining establishment that continues to draw crowds. Beyond her groundbreaking culinary contributions, the local luminary played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement, whose leaders often gathered at her restaurant. Today, the Chase Family’s younger generation is working to innovate the guest experience while upholding more than 80 years of tradition, much of which can be observed simply by studying the history-packed dining areas. The Treme institution continues to nourish with gumbo z’herbes, shrimp Clemenceau, and award-winning fried chicken; for an edible education, stop by for the always-generous lunch buffet and try a bite of everything.