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Good Eats at the 9th Ward’s Only Restaurant

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The dish cooking up is succulent creole pepper shrimp. It’s but one of the many great menu items you’ll find on the Lower 9th Ward corner of Dauphine and Egania Street at Cafe Dauphine.

They’ve just celebrated a birthday, but their reputation for great food has brought diners from far and wide.

Tia Moore-Henry, co-owner of Cafe Dauphine says, “Most of our clientele travel from outside of the Lower 9th Ward to come here, so we’ve had a really good 2 years.”

While the Lower 9th has been the slowest area to recover since the storm, the warm welcome from the locals has been heartwarming.

According to Moore-Henry, “while the neighborhood is growing, evolving, the demographic has changed. There’s a lot of new things that’s happening, development that’s happening.

“We were pioneers in the area to start a new business here and being a restaurant because the 9th Ward has never had something like this before.”

For Chef Shawn Smith, the success of Cafe Dauphine makes him very happy. “It does because I grew up here, and I wanted to see something vital here, ya know.”

It doesn’t get any better than this, a 2-year anniversary, a great menu, in a really nice place in the 9th Ward, and big welcome from the neighbors.

Hostess Tricia Patton says, “I think they’re just, like I said, they’re happy something’s open in the area, and they respect us for opening something like a restaurant in this area. They didn’t have anything.”