Some Old New Orleans
Neighborhood Restaurants
Everyone's familiar with Antoine's and Galatoire's and Brennan's and the
many other famous restaurants of New Orleans.  But New Orleans is a
city that's made up of distinct and distinctive neighborhoods.  And there
are two things New Orleanians hold dear:  their neighborhoods and their
food.  As a consequence, there have been many notable - or, at least,
interesting - restaurants, cafes, bar and grills and sandwich shops
throughout the years and the neighborhoods.  There are a lot of vintage
photos of Commander's Palace and Arnaud's, but it's hard to find old
pictures of neighborhood Mom & Pop restaurants.  Some of my favorite
memories growing up in the Carrollton neighborhood involve family dinners at
the small Apple & Dublin Restaurant around the corner from us - but no one
ever thought to take a picture of it.  (I wish they had!)  I found a few
photos at the Library of Congress and a few were shared with me.  If you
have any vintage photos of other restaurants, I'd be happy to include them.
This building at City Park and Dumaine was constructed in 1860 and
used, first, as a coffeehouse, then, as a restaurant.  It was owned, in
turn, by three prominent restaurant families:  the Alciatores, Tujagues
and LaMothes.  Because of its proximity to the Fairgrounds, it was a
gathering place for the sporting crowd.  In fact, it's said that, at one
point, a bookie actually ran his betting business from the back room.  
The last restaurant of that early period was called
A la Renaissance des
Chenes Verts
.  By the 1930's, it had a less romantic-sounding name and
use:  H. G. Hill Grocery Store.  Photo below:  today, it houses the
popular Tavern on the Park.
Erwin's Restaurant, Carondelet Street, 1951
Butter Krisp Restaurant, St. Charles Avenue, 1940's
Casamento's Restaurant, Magazine Street, est. 1900;
still open, still run by family members; photo ca. 1940's
On the left in photo above,
Jim's Fried Chicken; in center
of the photo and the ad to
right, Delicate Jerry's Cafe;
ca. 1950
Erin's Restaurant, Gravier Street
Rockery inn, above, and Lenfant's, below, were two very
popular teenage hangouts from the 1930's - 1960's.  
Rockery Inn was at Canal Blvd. & Robert E. Lee Blvd. and
was so named because of the exterior of the building, which
was composed of ballast stones used to help ships stay
balanced.  When the ship reached port, the stones were
discarded.  Lenfant's was in the 5200 block of Canal
Boulevard.  Photo below is ca. 1940's and is thanks to
This Gluck's Restaurant was on Royal Street, there
were 3 other Gluck's Restaurants in town; ca. 1960.
Bon Ton Cafe, 1948; thanks to Marie Lamb.
Glen Miller's Restaurant, 1949
Broadway Restaurant, 1940's
Lucky Star Cafeteria, Marigny Street, 1940's
Beacon Restaurant, Claiborne Ave. & Napoleon Ave.;
that's the Claiborne Streetcar to the left; 1940's.
In the 1951 photo above, this was Gabe's
Restaurant & Soda Fountain; in another photo taken
a year earlier, it was Watkins Grill; Camp Street.
Martin Bros. Restaurant, Chef Menteur
Left, Marble Hall Restaurant;  right, Sugar Bowl Restaurant; 1940's.
Snell's Restaurant, 1950; thanks to my e-friend, Bob Myers.
Jerry's Restaurant, Tulane Avenue; 1960
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