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Hope to get back down there soon. This question is bound to come up so here goes. The new TV series Treme is a big hit across the nation. Are there any chowhound like places in the area? I can't get a handle on it food wise or safety wise through Google. A past experience, going to Dooky Chases a few years ago was very scary (cab driver locked us in the cab while he checked if it was okay, then led us in through the kitchen) makes me a little skittish (and I'm from Detroit so it takes a lot!) though I realize that Treme is not in the same part of town. I'm intrigued by the culture and possibliity for some really fine food. I have no preconceptions, just want an honest opinion or two.
Thank you.
Bob

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Dooky Chase Restaurant
2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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  1. Actually, I think that Dooky Chase is in Treme. There was some music being played underneath an overpass on the show and that was the Claiborne overpass. Dooky's is very near the Claiborne overpass. One thing that may be different now than when you were last there is the absence of the Lafitte Housing Projects that were right across the street from the restaurant. After Katrina all of those projects were torn down so it is not quite as sketchy and scary as it once was. The bar they were in is Vaughn's and I'm not sure where that is located.

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    Dooky Chase Restaurant
    2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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      1. re: LisaDenise

        They were also in Lil Dizzy's on Esplanade (in Treme). IMO, the food "ain't all that". Better fried chicken can be had at Willie Mae's (not far from Dooky). They open at 11am which is the best time to arrive to avoid a long wait. The area is ok during the day.

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        Lil Dizzy's Cafe
        1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. re: LisaDenise

          That''s funny about Dooky Chases being in Treme. We caught a cab from the casino and drove what seemed forever while the driver extolled the virtues of contributing to the neighborhood, etc. etc.. It was a long and eventful cab ride that probably could have been much more direct if we had known the location of Treme and the driver was aware that we knew! Ah the pleasures of being a stupid tourist! Sigh.
          Bob

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          Dooky Chase Restaurant
          2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

          1. re: SonyBob

            If this was the same cabbie who got out of his cab to ensure your safety by checking that Chase was open, then I doubt he ripped you off. If you don't know where it is then I doubt you can determine he took you there in an indirect fashion.

            1. re: kibbles

              You're right. I had no right to criticize and I didn't mean it to be mean. The whole experience was just such an exercise of disappointment mixed with humor. I'm sorry for the criticism.
              Bob

            2. re: SonyBob

              yep, it ain't too far from the quarter. you could theoretically walk from the upper reaches of the qtr.

          2. Willie Mae's is the only "chowhound like" place I'd pay a visit to in Treme. The opinion is divided on this board, but IMO it's the best chicken in the city.

            I don't know the exact borders of Treme, I just think of it as the area lakeside of Rampart from the Quarter. Other restaurants in that general area that people like are Dooky Chase, Lil Dizzy's, and The Two Sisters Kitchen. Personally, I don't think they're special enough to warrant a visit while you're on a vacation. There are too many better options elsewhere.

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            Lil Dizzy's Cafe
            1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

            Dooky Chase Restaurant
            2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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            1. re: nola79

              That what I suspected but I wanted to make sure. We've always pretty much stuck around the Quarter except for Joey K's (a favorite) and Dooky Chase (never again). Thanks for the advice everyone.
              Bob

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              Dooky Chase Restaurant
              2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

              Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
              3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

              1. re: SonyBob

                over on the news and media board I got two replies as to the restaurant and the lady chef.
                Patois and Susan Spicer

                1. re: Tonto

                  Re your media board message, I agree with the Susan Spicer guess. The bandanna and her circulating among the guests was exactly how she was the last time we visited Bayona. Ask her sometime how she came to pick that location. It's a story she loves to tell.
                  Bob

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                  Bayona
                  430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                  1. re: SonyBob

                    yep me too. the local paper said it was modeled on her but it didnt say how they knew that in this story.

                  2. re: Tonto

                    Sorry, I didn;t see your question. I thought the bandana was a dead giveaway it was her and I don't even watch Treme.

                2. re: nola79

                  The borders of Treme are N. Rampart, St. Louis, N. Broad, and Esplanade.

                3. You guys are selling LIl Dizzy's short. The one meal we had there (brunch) was off the hook. Some of the best mac n cheese I've ever had. Fine dining? No, but rock solid neighborhood food and atmosphere.

                  1. FWIW, the rest. featured in Treme is Patois (located uptown).

                    1. Treme and most of the places shown on the show is the hood of n.o. Eat at your own risk.

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                        1. re: Suzy Wong

                          People shouldn't be scared off entirely. As I said in another thread, don't walk around with your head in the clouds: Pay attention and don't act like an idiot and you should be fine. But know where you're going and what the best times to go are.

                        1. The other thing to keep in mind, as has been eluded to, is Treme is filming all over town. I'm gonna guess that they're eating will be equally wide-spread. I believe they are gonna be featuring Liuzza's By the Track soon, which is up in Mid-City. The number of restaurants in the Treme proper is fairly limited. (but as said, concerns for safety in that hood are less now then before the storm.

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                          Liuzza's By the Track
                          1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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                          1. re: swampsue

                            Finale includes a scene at Domilise's in Uptown.

                          2. The restaurant filmed location is Patois.
                            IMHO Chef Desautel reminds me of Anne Kearney, who had Peristyle in the Fr Qtr across from the Treme side. Anne, who is a pretty, petite, blonde, wore her hair in pigtails. Anne, like Susan, was very gracious and would do a nightly table "rounds". Bandana is pure Susan though, I remember Ann in the short baker's chef toque. Chef's assistant is so much like Allain - Emeril's culinary assistant, although different accent!
                            Treme has filmed at Feelings, Domilies, Crescent City Steakhouse, Blue Nile (they get
                            used alot for all types of filming as there's a huge 2nd floor plus balcony).

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                            Emeril's Restaurant
                            800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Blue Nile
                            532 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                            1. re: savory south

                              According to the article i posted, Spicer is the sole inspiration for Desautel.