“I went to Dooky Chase
To get me something to eat
The waitress looked at me and said
Ray, you sure look beat,
Now it’s early in the morning
And I ain’t got nothing but the blues”
—Ray Charles, “Early in the Morning Blues”
For anyone traveling to New Orleans on a food pilgrimage, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant is a must-stop. Thanks for the tip, Ray!
Leah Chase, co-owner and star chef at Dooky Chase, was just about the coolest person I have ever met. I don’t just mean that in the sense of nice or friendly; cool is a much more suitable word. Even better, she had moves in the kitchen and makes a mean shrimp gumbo.