Legendary Creole chef Leah Chase – founder of Dooky Chase – hosted civil rights leaders in the 1960s, was celebrated in a song by Ray Charles, and after Katrina became the city’s most eloquent and plainspoken leader. The 84-year-old’s restaurant is a Mecca of African-American cuisine, with a menu of greens, gumbo, and fried chicken. After a long delay and help from many donors and volunteers, Dooky Chase looks better than ever. Thankfully, the large collection of African-American art survived the flood and again hangs on the walls. Note: the neighboruhood surrounding Dooky Chase has been slow to recover, so visitors should be cautious.