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Dooky Chase Restaurant Review: Dooky Chase has been around since 1941, and was once a gathering place for organizers in local Civil Rights activities. It also has served as a showcase for contemporary New Orleans art. Guests include locals, politicians, musicians and other notables. Leah Chase, a legendary Creole chef, has shared her family's cooking with her fellow New Orleanians and visitors for decades; she faced many hurdles to reopen her restaurant after Katrina. The fried chicken is the main draw, but we also recommend the fried catfish, the red beans and rice, and the gumbo. If you haven’t had Miss Leah’s peach cobbler, you haven’t lived the good life yet. While you may come comfortably attired, some folks show up in finer frills. The lunch buffet is one of the city’s best bargains, and the praline pudding is as New Orleans as a dessert can be.