New Orleans, Louisiana is known as one of the culinary capitals of the United States. Food served in this amazing city reflects the local Cajun, Creole, & French roots. Visitors come from all over the world just to taste it’s exquisite gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, red beans & rice, and more. And every summer, hundreds of thousands of African Americans come to New Orleans to attend the Essence Music Festival.
Here are some of the best Black-owned restaurants in New Orleans:
- Ray’s On The Ave: located at 1139 St Bernard Ave, famous for fast service, gumbo & fried chicken, boiled crawfish, and live music.
- Fred’s BBQ & Soul Food: located at 3336 S Claiborne Ave, serves some of the best barbecue in New Orleans, along with Mac & cheese, yams, and corn.
- Heard Dat Kitchen: located at 2520 Felicity St will more than satisfy you if your craving is for Cajun/Creole, Seafood, Soul Food. Try their crawfish stuffed shrimp, and the blacken catfish and green beans for starters. Good food & southern hospitality.
- Bennachin Restaurant: located in the French Quarter, serves some of the best African & Soul food around. From cabbage and couscous (Yasa) to the black-eyed peas and coconut rice with plantains (Kone Ni Makondo), it’s all good here!
- High Hat Cafe: located ;at 4500 Freret St, specializes in southern, soul food favorites like catfish, BBQ gold shrimp, shrimp Po boy, one eyed burger, mac & cheese, cornbread, pimento cheese grits, and slow-roasted pork. The restaurant is also dog-friendly!
- McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’: located at 1458 N Broad St, is a favorite among chicken-lovers. Customers consider their fresh, fried chicken the best in the city. Reasonable prices, too.
- Catty Car Corner: located at 1340 Poydras St, has a 1980s style decor and serves cafeteria style, including breakfast. One of their specialties is grilled cheese sandwich made with gruyere, caramelized onions, and prosciutto. Customers say it is “melted high-quality cheese.” Try their pulled pork, too. The restaurant is closed for dinner but serves breakfast and lunch.