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Please help me narrow down my lunch/dinner options

Lil Dizzy's
Dooky Chase
Drago's
Jacques-Imo's
Willie Mae Scotch House

Are Lil Dizzy's and Dooky Chase worth my time? If I'm going to Acme, should I skip Drago's, or try out both? What about Jacques-Imo's? Is Willie Mae Scotch House worth my time?

Also, if I want to try beignets, should I go with Cafe Du Monde, or Cafe Beignet? I like Cafe Beignet's full menu. Neither of us are big coffee fans, so I'm talking beignets alone.

Thanks!

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

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

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  1. Willie Mae's and Dooky Chase are very close/proximity (to each other). I have heard more than once recently Dooky Chase has a good lunch buffet (I know oxy moron) and Times Picayune food writer Brett Anderson is a DC supporter. Like Willie Mae's people seem to really like it, or not a fan at a all (same for Jacques-Imo's).

    Haven't been to WM's since before katrina and the trendy boom it experienced.

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    1. re: Suzy Wong

      Sooo...it's basically a crapshoot? :p

      I can't find Dooky Chase's or Lil Dizzy's menu online...does such a thing exist?

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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

    2. If I had to choose from your 5 choices I would go with Drago's and Jacques IMO. Drago's can be very very busy at lunch during the week and parking can be tough. They open at 11 AM so go early or come late. And they are open on Saturday if that would help. The crowd at lunch should be lighter then.

      I can get all the good soul food I need in Mississippi. I go to NOLA for creole seafood. That's just my opinion. Just a reminder Little Dizzy's opened a branch in the Wyndham Whitney Hotel in the CBD @ 610 Poydras Street, 504 581 4222 if this is more convenient for you. Their menu is more diversified with creole seafood items whereas you won't find this at WM's or DC's. If you want good friend chicken I would go to WM's. Bon Appetit.

      http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/MSYWW/m...

      1. There are people who disagree with me, but I wasn't impressed with either Lil Dizzy's or Dooky Chase. The buffet at DC is ok, but there's a much better buffet at Mat n Naddie's, if a lunch buffet is what you're after. IMO Willie Mae's is def worth your time. I prefer Drago's to Acme. I'd do the beignets at CDM - you might as well try the real thing.

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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

        1. +1 cafe Beignet

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          1. re: Bayareafoodiei

            I forgot to attach photo from cafe Beignet, from my last trip.

             
            1. re: Bayareafoodiei

              Yum...those look good!

          2. The beignets at Cafe Beignet are indistinguishable to me from those at CDM, plus I prefer the atmosphere at CB, which is quieter, so I would go there. Lil Dizzy's and Dooky Chase are not worth it IMO. Jacques-Imo's is definitely worth it. Willie Mae's is not - it's more of an experience, but better fried chicken can be had elsewhere. Actually, Jacques-Imo's has some of the best fried chicken in town. Drago's is great for chargrilled oysters. Go to Acme for raw oysters one day and go to Drago's another day for chargrilled. I wouldn't recommend anything else on the menu at Drago's though.

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

            Jacques-Imo's Cafe
            8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

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            1. re: latasche

              I agree re: Drago's...the rest of the menu is not "bad" but I just get the oysters when in the neighborhood. Still and all, they are really nice folks and I wouldn't want to discourqage any business for them

              1. re: hazelhurst

                Perfect guys (and gals), thank you! I am too squeamish for raw oysters (especially since my stomach is screwed up and I will get sick from things other people tolerate well), but I'd like to try fried and maybe chargrilled.