Black-Owned Restaurants in New Orleans

There’s not one city in America, I would say the world, but there’s no place other than New Orleans that dishes up some of the best food. My city is a big ole flavorful pot of gumbo infused by different cultures such as African American, Native American, Caribbean, French, Spaniard, and Italian. But in my eyes, Everything began with a group of American Indians who welcomed the French shortly after 1700; American Indians contributed corn and local shellfish, while Spaniards brought larger fish and the first European food preservation and preparation methods. Then, in 1767, Spaniards added their cuisine, influenced by the Moors’ incursions to Spain during the Crusades.

Spaniards brought Islenos Africans from the Canary Islands who settled in St Bernard District. Other enslaved Africans arrived from the Caribbean and further developed okra, kale, rice, sugar, and peanut growing methods on nearby plantations. Some became slave cooks or earned their freedom as independent caterers. This activity led to Gumbo and Jambalaya, among others. The French returned to control the land by 1800 before selling it in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase to the United States. If only briefly, the French reasserted their preference for the aristocratic presentation of excellent food and a taste for desserts. Those delightful pralines taste like an African cook’s response to a French sweet tooth.

Many free African cooks lived in the backyards of French Quarter homeowners, while enslaved cooks and independent caterers tended to many Garden District aristocrats of the 1800s and early 1900s. Finally, Italians arrived in the 1890s, bringing their gastronomic culture and imported sausage, fruit & vegetables to the mix. The tasty Muffaletta cold-cut sandwich of lettuce, tomato, sausage, and spices is a welcome result.

As the African American presence grew in the 1900s, their influence played a more significant role in Creole cuisine and the emerging hybrid known today as Creole-Soul Food. And today, I’m showcasing some New Orleans Restaurants owned by African Americans; New Orleans Natives own some, and some are not.

I have had the list updated since my last posting in 2020. Sadly, numerous New Orleans bars, restaurants, bakeries, and cafes have closed their doors permanently due to pandemic-related circumstances.

I have had the list updated since my last posting in 2020. Sadly, numerou New Orleans bars, restaurants, bakeries, and cafes have closed their doors permanently due to pandemic-related circumstances.

Photo by14 Parishes

Muamba De Gahlina * chicken stewPhoto byFacebook

Photo byFacebook

Curry Shrimp topped Catfish, Rice and Peas, Fried Plantain, and sauteed summer veggies.Photo byFacebook

Fried Seafood PlatterPhoto byFacebook

Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Babys-Snack-BOX/311565035609133

dirty yellow house latte. A healthy blend of espresso, turmeric, honey, oat milk, cinnamon, and gingerPhoto by@baldwinandcompany

Photo byDeatra Hollins

Fried Catfish and Potato Salad.Photo byhttps://barrowscatfish.com

FISH TACOS & SALSA MACHA.Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/BaruBistroTapas

Pan-Fried Prawns.Photo byhttps://baronessnola.com

Photo byBennichian Restaurant

Photo byDeatra Hollins

BBQ Shrimp.Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/BayouSoul/photos

Beaucoup Bowl.Photo byFacebook

Photo byhttps://www.bsweetorelse.com/

Photo byhttps://bestlifepharmacy.com

Photo byhttp://www.buttermilkdrop.com

Burrata/ Peaches/ Jerk Peanuts/ Croutons/ Soft HerbsPhoto byhttp://bywateramericanbistro.com/

House-cured capocollo, hummus, pickled vegetables, and olivesPhoto byhttps://cafecarmo.com

Fried Stuffed Bell Pepper with Crabmeat dressing stuffed shrimp.Photo byDeatra Hollins

Stuffed Shrimp.Photo byDeatra Hollins

Shrimp po’boy with a cup of gumbo.Photo byFacebook

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with a Big Shot Pineapple-glazed banana and Abita Strawberry Lager Praline.Photo byKim Ranjbar *Facebook

Fried Oysters SbisaPhoto byCafe Sisba *Facebook

Photo byFacebook

Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/cattycar1340/photos

CrabcakePhoto byFacebook

Photo byChicken Kitchen

Photo byhttps://www.chickenandwatermelonnola.com

Jerk Chicken, Cabbage, and Rice.Photo byDeatra Hollins

Photo byFacebook

Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/1683northbroad?ref=page_internal

  • Compere Lapin: ( Caribbean & European with New Orleans inspiration )

Photo byFacebook

Creole Okra Gumbo, Baked Lasagna, Fish or Shrimp plate served w/ baked mac & cheese, peas & potato salad.Photo byFacebook

Photo byhttps://cupcakefairies.business.site

Photo byDakar NOLA

White Beans & Rice with Fried Catfish and Chicken.Photo byDeatra Hollins

  • Dooky Chase’s Restaurant (Creole-Soul): Baby’s Chase’shase, New Orleans’ matriarch of Creole cuisine, fed civil rights leaders, musicians, and presidents in a career spanning seven decades, passed away last night. She was 96. Rest In Peace, Mrs. Leah Chase.

Photo byDeatra Hollins

Red Beans Chili Dog.Photo byFacebook

Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/estralitascafe

CREAMY CRAWFISH AND SHRIMP PASTA.Photo byDeatra Hollins

Photo byFacebook

Seafood Gumbo.Photo byDeatra Hollins

Photo byDeatra Hollins

Pecan Baklava.Photo byhttps://www.keepitheavenlysweet.com

Photo byhttps://www.jscreolewings.com/

Photo byhttps://www.icecream504.com

Photo byhttps://italgardennola.com/

Soft Shelled Crab.Photo byJ’s Seafood Dock at The French Market

Oxtails, peas, and rice.Photo byhttps://johnnysjamaicangrillonline.com

King CakePhoto byLaurel St.

Fried Wing and French Fries with Creole SaucePhoto byFacebook

  • Lil Dizzy’s Cafe (Creole-Soul/Comfort Food) has Good Food and authentic Nola cooking.

Photo byDeatra Hollins

Photo byDeatra Hollins

PralinesPhoto byLoretta’s Pralines

Photo byDeatra Hollins

Vegan Hot Sausage PoBoy.Photo byMeals From The Heart

Photo byhttps://www.misterapple.net/

Bread Pudding with Sweet Cream SaucePhoto byDeatra Hollins

Fried Catfish and Shrimp PastaPhoto byDeatra Hollins

Seafood GumboPhoto byhttps://www.facebook.com/photo

Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063303276070

Fried or grilled shrimp over a bed of crab rice.Photo byPra-Lee’s

Seafood Boil.Photo byhttps://www.peeweescrabcakes.com

Hot Sausage PizzaPhoto byDeatra Hollins

Photo byhttps://www.queentrinilisa.com/

Fried Chicken and Shrimp.Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/raysontheave

Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/realclevercuisine

Photo byFacebook Rolling Fatties

Photo byhttp://www.redroosternola.com

Photo byFacebook

Photo byhttp://www.saladsgalorenola.com

Photo byhttps://www.instagram.com/sheauxfreshfoods

Photo byhttps://snolasnowballs.com

Photo byhttps://www.facebook.com/stopjockinsnoball

Vegan Bread Pudding Topped with Ice Cream.Photo byDeatra Hollins

Photo byhttps://www.tanjarinekitchen.com

7-Up Pound CakePhoto byThe Royal Cakery

Sweet Potato Cupcake,Photo byhttps://www.thecupcakecollection.com

Fines Herb Chicken.Photo byThe Munch Factory

Bell Pepper Plate.Photo byhttps://www.instagram.com/2sistersndaeast/?igshid=njmxxma511yw

 

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Onion Soup.Photo byhttps://www.vyoone.com/

Photo byDeatra Hollins

Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Creole-Soul).Photo byDeatra Hollins

Fried Chicken, Red Beans & Rice with Pickled Meat and Corn.Photo byDeatra Hollins

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