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14 Black Owned Restaurants You Have to Try in New Orleans

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The one thing you need to know about New Orleans, we love our restaurants – but another thing you need to know is that we love our black owned restaurants.

Black owned restaurants in New Orleans are in every neighborhood. When you start to explore black owned restaurants intentionally, you will find that their flavors consist of more than traditional creole cuisine.

From international flavors to classic New Orleans cuisine, dining at any black owned restaurant in New Orleans will be a culinary treat for locals and tourists alike.

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Why Support Black Owned Restaurants in New Orleans

Black owned restaurants make up the backbone of New Orleans cuisine. From delicious mom and pop meals to food trucks to James Beard Award Winners – black owned restaurants are one of the best ways to experience authentic and delicious New Orleans Cuisine.

Dining at black owned restaurants allows you to experience Creole, Jamaican, and even vegan cuisine. And of course, some of the best fried chicken this city, may I say country, has to offer.

We focus so much on black-owned restaurants in New Orleans because, like many small businesses, some of these family businesses do not have the marketing campaigns or funds to promote their restaurants.

The list below began with a few of my favorite black owned restaurants and will expand as I continue to explore the great city of New Orleans.

If your favorite black owned restaurant, coffee shop, or bakery is not listed below, please leave a comment to add it to my ever-growing list of places to eat in New Orleans.

When Should I eat at Black Owned Restaurants

Funny you should ask – you should eat at black owned restaurants anytime during the year!

If you are looking for a reason to get out of the house and try something new – February is Black History Month and a perfect way to celebrate these local businesses.

Summer is a historically low time for tourism in New Orleans. It becomes so hot and humid, and many tourists just do not come to the city during this time.

Around the Fourth of July each year, New Orleans is the host to the annual Essence Festival. During Essence Fest, many guests come to town for the summit and New Orleans to try its incredible food.

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Black Owned New Orleans Restaurants to add to your List

1. 14 PARISHES
234 LOYOLA AVE

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Are you looking for delicious Jamaican food in the heart of the Central Business District? Look no further than 14 Parishes.

With a small yet tasty menu, 14 Parishes keep things fresh by offering a few different proteins and side dishes. Looking for some Eat Fit Nola opportunities? 14 Parishes offer some items on the menu that will keep you eating healthy.

Each entree comes with two sides, so I tend to opt for the Jerk Chicken paired with the cabbage and Rice + Peas.

Charles Blake is the Chef behind 14 Parishes and was born and raised in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

2. Backatown Coffee Parlour
301 Basin St

Backatown Coffe Parlour is a locally black owned coffee boutique in the heart of Storyville owned by Jessica and Alonzo Knox.

They got their name because they aren’t quite uptown, not exactly Downtown, but just you know – Backatown!

Backatown Coffe Parlor helps revitalize Basin Street and is within walking distance to St Louis Cemetery No 1.

Backatown is the perfect place to grab a coffee or pastry or sit down for a light lunch.

3. Barrow’s Catfish
8300 Earhart Blvd

Even though Barrow’s Catfish serves way more than just catfish, you will not want to sleep on getting a catfish platter while visiting.

Back in the day, you know 1943, Barrow’s Shady Inn was on Mistletoe street in the Carrollton – Hollygrove neighborhood. The original owners were William “Cap” Barrow, Sr. and his wife May. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina shuttered the business like so many other restaurants in the area.

In the summer of 2018, the family was able to bring the restaurant back as Barrow’s Catfish – and is one of the longest-running black businesses in New Orleans – surviving 75 years and four generations.

After eating your platter of catfish, make sure to drive a few blocks over to see the Lil Wayne Mural in the Hollygrove neighborhood.

4. Cajun Fire Brewing
Grocery store near you

Even though Cajun Fire Brewing is not technically a restaurant, it belongs on the list because it is the first black-owned brewing company in Louisiana and the south!

Founded in 2011, Jon Renthrope is the founder, brewmaster, and CEO of Cajun Fire.

Cajun fire currently has two beers – a Honey Ale brewed with Clover honey, and the Big Chief Creme Stout brewed with Milk Sugar, Vanilla Bean, and Chocolate malts.

The company plans to have its brewery in New Orleans East, but for now, the beers are available at many grocery stores!

5. COMPERE LAPIN
535 TCHOUPITOULAS ST

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Excuse me, but is that a James Beard nomination? Oh yes, yes it is.
Nina Compton was named Best Chef: South in 2018 by the Janes Beard Foundation, and let me say, I’ve never had a meal at Compere Lapin that I did not enjoy.
I recently went in a quest to try some of the more elevated fried chicken sandwiches around town, and Nina’s Hot Fire Chicken Sandwich is something to post on social media and write on the blog.
Honestly, she has thought of everything. After devouring the sandwich, you are treated with a tiny scoop of mango sorbet – you know – to chill out the taste buds.

6. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant
2301 Orleans Ave

Open since 1941, Dooky Chase’ is one of New Orlean’s most famous restaurants. It began as just a small sandwich and lottery shop in the Treme and has transformed into one of the most respected family-owned restaurants in New Orleans.

One of Dooky Chase’s most famous traditions is dishing up the Gumbo Z’Herbes the Thursday before Easter. This Gumbo is made with seven different greens types, and everyone would flock to Dooky Chase to partake in the tradition.

Even though the menu changes daily, Dooky Chase offers a lunch buffet during the week and a regular menu on Friday nights, including Fried Chicken, Shrimp Clemenceau, Chicken Creole, and Stuffed Shrimp.

7. FRENCHEEZE
234 LOYOLA AVE & FOOD TRUCK

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What first started as a food truck now has a permanent location inside of The Pythian Market. Frencheeze is one of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat when I need a quick lunch but need to get out of the office.
Any of the Grilled Cheese Sandwiches or sliders will make your lunch something special – but if it is up to me, order the Molly. A Grilled Cheese with goat cheese, bacon, tomato, and creamy avocado.
If you want to fancy up your lunch, get the fries.
The usual fries at Pythian have freshly grated parmesan and a rosemary truffle aioli dipping sauce. If we do a vote for the best fries, then Frencheeze Fries will be on my shortlist.
Jason King is the founder of Frencheeze, and many of the items on the menu are gluten-free!

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8. Ice Cream 504
2511 Jena St

Established in 2011 and located in a small shotgun house, Ice Cream 504 quickly became some of the best small-batch Ice Cream in New Orleans. Located right off of Freret Street, you can stop here to get some a scoop of ice cream or a snowball.

Michael Southall, owner and ice cream maker, first began selling ice cream in a French Market stall called French Market Produce.

With no preservatives and zero flour – that makes Ice Cream 504 a perfect gluten-free treat. I love stopping here to grab a scoop of ice cream or a snowball after dinner on Freret street.

9. MS. LINDA GREEN, THE YA-KA-MIN LADY
VARIOUS Pop-up LOCATIONS

Ask anyone in New Orleans about Ms. Linda, and they will know that you are talking about the Ya-ka-Mein Lady. Found mostly at festivals, like French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest, Ms. Linda’s Yakamin is some of the most delicious soul food you can grab.
But what have you heard about this hangover cure Ya-ka-min, also known as Old Sober, is just what you need to get over a night of partying in New Orleans?
If you’ve had Gumbo or Pho, Ya-Ka-Min is a step in a different direction.
Ya-Ka-Min is not a soup, not a drink, but more of a meal in a bowl. Spaghetti noodles with beef garnished with chopped green onions, a boiled egg, soy sauce, and hot sauce make this meal delicious.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, it’s then filled with Juice, a family secret, which will put some pep in your step.
Not in town for a festival or private event? Each Thursday, the Odgen Museum hosts a late after-hours party where you can get some of Ms. Linda’s Delicious Ya-ka-min.
Y’all it’s never too hot for soul food.

10. MUNCH FACTORY
1901 SOPHIE WRIGHT PL, 6514 CONGRESS DR, AND THE NEW MSY

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Y’all YUM! Whether you are in the Lower Garden District, hanging out in Gentilly, or roaming the New MSY, the Munch Factory has your back.
The Munch Factor has many of your New Orleans favorites like Gumbo, Shrimp and Grits, and Hot Sausage Po Boy – but my favorite thing to get are the Bayou Nachos.
Home fried tortilla chips topped with roast beef, onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, jack & cheddar cheese, completed w/ homemade ranch are the best way to fuel your day.
Alexis and Jordan Ruiz are the wife and husband team behind the Much Factory.

11. NOLA VEGAN
1923 LEONIDAS STREET

nola vegan black owned restaurant
With a blog about meat and soul food, how is there room for a black owned vegan restaurant?
Well, ladies and gentlemen, Nola Vegan changed my mind about vegan food, I’m not about to give up my meats and cheeses just yet, but I am more apt to try different things because of this restaurant.
Nola Vegan was the first time I tried Jackfruit anything, and I fell in love. I had never heard of Jackfruit, and their creation inspired me to make Jackfruit tacos at my own house.
Sonya B. Tillison owns Nola Vegan and is planning on making plant-based foods more accessible to everyone.
I was invited as part of the media to try out Nola Vegan at their grand opening.

12.Sno-la 2311
Multiple locations

The home of the original cheesecake stuffed snowballs and one of the only places where you can get year-round snowballs – Sno-la is your one-stop-shop for Snowballs and sweets.

With three locations in the City – Uptown, Metairie, and Kenner – you can get yourself a stuffed snowball.

Caution: eating a cheesecake stuffed snowball will change your life – and can put you in a dessert coma.

13. The Cupcake Collection- New Orleans 2917
Magazine St suite 102

There is nothing better than getting fresh cupcakes from The Cupcake Collection. Cupcakes are made fresh every day, the Cupcake Collection has a rotating specialty of cupcakes with their classic flavors such as Sweet potato and Red Velvet and their Premium Flavors like Campfire S’ mores and King Cake.

Mignon Francois, the founder and CEO of the Cupcake Collection has two locations: The Cupcake Collection, one in New Orleans, and the other in Nashville!

14. WILLIE MAE’S SCOTCH HOUSE 2401 ST. ANN STREET
234 LOYOLA AVE

black owned willie mae scotch house
Established in 1957 in the Treme neighborhood, Willie Mae’s Scotch House has been a staple in New Orleans ever since.
Willie Mae is also a recipient of the 2005 James Beard Award for America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region, which elevated Willie Mae’s from a local spot to grab a bite to eat to a nationally recognized restaurant.
In 2019, Willie Mae expanded to have a restaurant inside of Pythian Market, allowing the world’s Best Fried Chicken to be more accessible to the Central Business District.
First time going to Willie Mae’s? You have to get the fried chicken. You can only order White or Dark meat – no exceptions and your order comes with one side – Get the Macaroni because your meal already comes with a side of butter beans.
Kerry Seaton Stewart, Ms. Willie Mae’s great-granddaughter, currently runs Willie Mae’s.

Black Owned Restaurants in New Orleans

This is just a shortlist of some of the black owned restaurants you should try in New Orleans. The list of owned entrepreneurs grows every year, and I am always going out and trying different cuisines.

Whether you are in town for Mardi Gras, Essence Fest, or a bachelorette party – make sure you pay a visit to these black owned restaurants in New Orleans.

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