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Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

Cuisine: American, Creole, Local Specialty, Seafood

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Brunch: Situated on leafy Esplanade Avenue, Li'l Dizzy's delivers authentic Creole and Southern fare in a friendly, family atmosphere. Order from the menu if you like, dishes like jambalaya omelet with biscuits and grilled catfish and eggs are legendary favorites. But if your appetite knows no bounds, opt for the buffet. You'll get change from a $20 and the chance to tuck into made-to-order crab omelets, rice and beans, seafood gumbo and hot from the fryer chicken that is crispy, light and succulent. For dessert, bread pudding is the best choice night or day. Expect to be treat like family, another reason locals love Li'l Dizzy's.

Homestyle: A down-home setting and authentic gumbo make Li'l Dizzy's a must for anyone seeking a genuine New Orleans dining experience. The cafe is family owned and the welcome is genuine and warm. The gumbo is family recipe that includes fresh, local seafood and traditional file powder. Specializing in authentic cuisine made exclusively with regional ingredients, this intimate eatery's buffets are exceedingly popular with locals, so come early and bring a hearty appetite. Efficiency is maximized and hunger minimized if you purchase the buffet for lunch. Or order platters of fried seafood or po'boys and be warned, portions are immense. You'll leave waddling.

Family Friendly: Don't miss a meal at this Treme Creole gem on leafy Esplanade Avenue, where chef-owner Wayne Baquet and his friendly team serve belly-filling breakfasts and flavorful soul food in a down-home setting. Specializing in authentic cuisine made with regional ingredients, this intimate eatery's bottomless buffets are exceedingly popular with locals, so come early and bring a hearty appetite. The Sunday brunch includes made to order omelets with bacon and sausage, biscuits, red beans and rice, file gumbo, ribs, and an endless supply of some of the best fried chicken in town. You'll leave waddling. Bread pudding for dessert, yes please, even for breakfast.


Address

1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

Map / Directions
504-569-8997


Hours

Expert Tips by Beth D'Addono

New Orleans Local Expert

Brunch: "The brunch buffet is one tasty bargain but if you want a Bloody Mary, bring your own, Li'l Dizzy's doesn't have a bar."

Homestyle: "Sorry Willie Mae, L'il Dizzy's has my vote for best fried chicken."

Family Friendly: "The Sunday brunch buffet is a steal at $17.99."

Best for Brunch Because: This family-owned cafe in the Seventh Ward dishes downhome goodness and some of the best fried chicken in town.

Best for Homestyle Because: Family owned and frequented by locals, L'il Dizzy's is a gem worth discovering for the hungry visitor.

Best for Family Friendly Because: Family-owned, this Treme classic dishes some of the best fried chicken in town.

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