#MadeByWomen Local and Ethnic Cuisine in NOLA

New Orleans is famous for its eclectic nature due to the combination of European and Southern. This is reflected everywhere in the city, and especially in the architecture and food. Unique southern dishes made with international influences are the best to try in NOLA. Here are some of the best restaurants owned by women around the Big Easy.

1. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant @ Tremé / Lafitte

Cajun/Creole Restaurant * $$

Opened in 1941 as a corner stand family business for sandwiches and lottery tickets. When Leah Lange Chase married the owner’s son, she turned the place into a traditional creole restaurant, which was also a gathering place for civil rights activists, and a center for African-American art and music. Today the place maintains its tradition of Creole cuisine, serving lunch buffet that includes dishes such as Gumbo, Po’boy and shrimp, and Lima beans.

Until she passed away, Leah Chase was the co-owner and chef
Dooky Chase Restaurant, 2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

2. Bayona @ French Quarter

American Restaurant * $$$

For more than 30 years, this award-winning restaurant has been serving traditional cuisine intertwined with flavors from Asia, the Orient, and the Mediterranean. Owner and chef Susan Spicer uses fresh local ingredients and current cooking techniques to create a daily changing menu that includes dishes such as eggplant caviar, sweet potato brioche, and BBQ Shrimp.

Susan Spicer S., Chef and Owner
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

3. Morrow’s

Cajun/Creole Restaurant * $$

Opened in 2018 by chef Lenora Chong and her son, Morrow’s is an urban restaurant with a cosmopolitan concept. The menu is a merge of classic New Orleans dishes and authentic Korean cuisine, serving Cajun Crawfish pasta next to Korean BBQ short ribs. Open daily, offering weekly specials and happy hour discounts on weekdays.

Lenora Chong, Chef
2438 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

4. Bywater American Bistro @ Bywater

American Restaurant * $$

Rooted in the neighborhood’s ambiance, Bywater American Bistro is serving ingredient-driven food inspired by the area’s multiculturalism. Known for combining Caribbean and Louisiana cuisine, chef and owner, Nina Compton, is using seasonal produce from local farms. Offering dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends.

Nina Compton, Chef and Owner
2900 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Carmo @ Warehouse & Arts District

Seafood and Latin Restaurant * $$

Chefs Christina and Dana Honn are creating a multicultural culinary experience with flavors from South America, South Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Carmo is offering something to all foodies. The menus include interesting dishes such as Burmese Tea Leaf Salad, banquette bread, tropical soups, and Cuban Ceviche. Open Monday to Saturday, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Dana & Christina Honn, Co-Founded
527 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Compère Lapin @ Warehouse & Arts District

Caribbean, French, and Italian Restaurant * $$$

Following her philosophy of “believing in the complexity of simplicity, and the power of pure flavors,” the owner and chef Nina Compton is creating a unique Caribbean-Louisiana cuisine. The mix between indigenous ingredients and Caribbean culinary heritage with hints of classical French and Italian cooking is creating a playful menu that includes dishes of fried oyster sandwich, marinated shrimps, and spiced pig eras. Open daily, serving lunch, dinner, brunch, as well as a prix fixe lunch and special occasions special menu.

Nina Compton, Chef and Owner
535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Willa Jean @ Warehouse & Arts District

Bakery * $$

A Lowcountry-Southern restaurant and bakery that specializes in comforting soul food. Named after the award-winning chef Kelly Fields’ grandmother, Willa Jean is tracing after traditional southern cuisine, serving New Orleans style BBQ shrimp toast and seasonal skillet pot pie. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as weekend’s brunch.

Kelly Fields, Chef
611 O’Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

8. Coquette @ Garden District

American Restaurant * $$$

Located in a 19th-century building, Coquette is a contemporary southern cuisine. Chefs and owners Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus are using locally sourced products to invent internationally inspired dishes with a southern twist. Open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday, offering a 5-course blind tasting meal as well as a versatile menu that includes salads, fish, and meat.

Kristen Essig, Co-Owner and Co-Chef
2800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

9. Zasu @ Mid-City

American Restaurant * $$$

Influenced by her childhood and Slovak heritage, chef and owner Sue Zemanick is exploring innovative ways to blend the local with the global, using both native and foreign ingredients. Zasu, a paraphrase of the word Zasa – ‘once again’ in Slovak, is creating an exclusive dining experience with dishes such as tempura-fried maitake mushrooms, dukkah crusted halibut and passion fruit crème Brulee. Serving dinner Monday to Saturday.

Sue Zemanick, Chef and Owner
127 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

10. Cafe Minh @ Mid-City

Asian Restaurant * $$

Chefs Minh Bui and Cynthia VuTran are modernizing Southern Vietnamese cuisine with French and American flavors. The menu includes familiar Vietnamese dishes, such as Pho, BBQ catfish, and Udon soups alongside seafood pasta and grilled chicken salad. The mixture of cultures can also be experienced at the bar with a diverse selection of wine, beer, sake, and cocktails.

Cynthia Vu Tran, Chef and Owner
4139 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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