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Gumbo is the soup of New Orleans with soul in it.

Lil’ Dizzy’s Cafe

Lil’ Dizzy’s Cafe
610 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 212-5656

 

Lil’ Dizzy’s Café
1500 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 569-8997

 

Wayne Baquet’s New Orleans roots grow two hundred years deep, and his family’s history in the restaurant business there is three generations strong. Wayne thought about leaving the business in 2004, when he sold Zachary’s, a restaurant once known for its fried chicken and Sunday brunches in the Carrolton neighborhood. But his passion for the food of his Creole heritage runs deep: soon he was opening a Lil’ Dizzy’s Café in the Treme neighborhood, and then another one in the Central Business District. The Creole filé gumbo ladled out at Lil’ Dizzy’s is the same gumbo that his family has been serving at its restaurants for decades. It builds upon a pre-made, seasoned, dry roux mix that Wayne and his father developed so that they could reproduce the essence of their gumbo anywhere they traveled, be it to another family restaurant or a family reunion.

 

Date of interview: July 17, 2007Interviewer: Sara RoahenPhotographer: Sara Roahen