10 Black-owned restaurants in downtown New Orleans
New Orleans’ deep culinary history has been shaped by Black chefs and kitchen staffers since its very beginnings.
Why it matters: That history has not always been kind, but in today’s New Orleans, you can find Black-owned restaurants, bars and coffee shops across every neighborhood.
The guide: With the return of Essence Fest to New Orleans, we rounded up a list of Black-run establishments for those who are looking to support Black businesses while attending the massive, weekendlong event.
- We focused this list on downtown spots to make it easy to stay close to the fest.
- New Orleans loves its neighborhoods, but we defined “downtown” as between Esplanade Avenue and Calliope Street, and between the river and I-10.
- 1200 Poydras St., Suite 102.
- A downtown outpost for the legendary restaurant known for its fried catfish.
- 1301 Gravier St.
- Breakfast, brunch and lunch from the family that brought you Dooky Chase’s.
- 535 Tchoupitoulas St.
- Caribbean food with a touch of New Orleans from celebrity chef Nina Compton.
- 1500 Esplanade Ave.
- Creole classics in a family-owned neighborhood joint.
- 1011 Decatur St.
- Creole cooking in the French Quarter from chef Alfred Singleton, who started as a prep cook and now runs the kitchen as co-owner.
- 1026 St. Louis St.
- Home to renowned bartender Chris Hannah and his classic and creative cocktails.
- 412 Girod St.
- French flavors in the Warehouse District from a family with deep New Orleans history.
- 301 Basin St.
- Coffee, pastries and sandwiches on the edge of the Quarter.
- 1212 Royal St.
- Tuck into dishes with roots in Gambia and Cameroon.
- 1535 Basin St.
- Haitian cuisine from chef Charly Pierre.
- Or join the Where Black NOLA Eats Facebook page for more recommendations.
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