15 Must Try Black-owned Restaurants In New Orleans


No city in America claims a more distinct cuisine than New Orleans, full stop. The wide mouth of the Mississippi River has served as a home to the Creole and Cajun people; Caribbeans galore; Americans of black, white, and Native persuasions; here we focus on the Black!  Check out our list of some of our favorite Black-owned Restaurants in The Big Easy:

Willie Mae’s Scotch House Willie Mae’s Scotch House was established in 1957 as a bar in New Orleans’ Historic Treme neighborhood. After a year, the bar was moved to it’s current location, which consisted of a bar, a barbershop and beauty salon in the front.

Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread Chicken & Waffles The inspiration for Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles came from a combination of two mothers and a grandmother of the dynamic owners, Earl and Nicole Mackie.

Sassafras Restaurant  New Orleans is our hometown, a city with its own unique history. Over 10 years ago, we started a tradition of serving authentic New Orleans flavor in an ambiance for our guests who get pleasure from exceptional food and hospitality at a reasonable price.

Big Shirley’s  We are committed to offering our customers the best in fresh, local, and seasonal food.

The JuJu Bag Cafe  The JuJu Bag is a locally-owned cafe and barber salon, located at the intersection of Franklin and Filmore Avenues, directly across the street from the Milne’s Boys Home.

Coco Hut Carribean Restaurant Coco Hut offers made to order meals with Caribbean flair, like spicy jerk shrimp or chicken.

Cafe’ Dauphine  Traditional New Orleans cuisine comes in an updated century-old building with cheery yellow walls.


Dooky Chase Restaurant Dooky Chase’s Restaurant opened its doors for business in 1941. What was initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet in 1939 blossomed into a thriving bar and later a respected family restaurant in Treme.

LIL’ DIZZY’S CAFE At Lil’ Dizzy’s, producing great fried chicken is a matter of historical pride.Owner Wayne Baquet learned the restaurant trade from his father Eddie, namesake of the legendary 7th Ward restaurant Eddie’s, who got into the business in the 1940s working at Paul Gross Chicken Coop with his aunt, Ada Baquet Gross. Lil’ Dizzy’s is the only Baquet-owned restaurant still going, and Wayne is serious about doing the Creole-Soul tradition proud.









Dreamy Weenies Have you ever heard of a New Orleans-style hot dog? Well now you can experience it for yourself at Dreamy Weenies restaurant, located in the historic French Quarter at 740 North Rampart Street, directly across from Louis Armstrong Park.


Compere Lapin  Inspiration for the menu comes from the traditional Caribbean folktales featuring a mischievous rabbit named Compère Lapin that Chef Nina Compton read during her childhood in St. Lucia.

Neyow’s Creole Café  New Orleans eatery serving creole cuisine and chargrilled oysters.

Boswell’s Jamaican Grill Jerk chicken, beef patties & other hearty Jamaican eats are offered at this no-frills eatery.

The Munch Factory  Contempo New Orleans Cuisine with Fun Cocktails

Cafe Istanbul  Café Istanbul is a 3,800-square foot, handicapped-accessible performance hall with a mission of fostering, encouraging and promoting the performing arts in New Orleans. The line up of events includes live music, dance, theatre, poetry, comedy, film and visual arts.


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