Eat & Drink

Deanie's On Hayne

7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA 70126

Restaurant Review

Anecdotes & Analysis

No part of New Orleans is more bereft of interesting restaurants than the lakefront--particularly in the eastern half of the city. While some stirrings can be observed out that way, those of us who live or work out there have to make do with less than a tenth of the restaurants on, say, Magazine Street.

At this lazy time of year, I recall many long-ago seafood lunches and dinners in the restaurants along Hayne Boulevard. Katrina dealt a death blow to that community (it was already pretty far gone). But Deanie's remains from the old times. Its food is even better and more ambitious than it has ever been.

And I've always thought it auspicious that the side streets around Deanie's on Hayne are named Pompano, Drum, Flounder, Trout and Sheepshead.

Why It's Essential

There was a time when the community of seafood houses along Hayne Boulevard in eastern New Orleans was rivaled only by West End Park. The Little Woods lakefront restaurants fried and boiled seafood very well and served it in large piles. It even had its own signature dish: the fried seafood boat, in which a loaf of bread contained about fried oysters, shrimp and fish for two people at least. The area is making a comeback in recent years, after bring wiped out by Katrina. Deanie's is the oldest restaurant there, and probably the best.


First important fact: this restaurant has never had a connection with Deanie's in Bucktown or the French Quarter. Deanie's on Hayne traces its history back to the mid-1960s in the Warehouse District. The place on Hayne opened in the 1970s, when the fishing camps along Hayne to Little Woods was just beginning to disappear. (Katrina finished that historic area off for good.)

Dining Room

The premises are spartan but clean and in good repair. At lunchtime, it's almost always busy, and when the place fills to capacity with workers on short lunch breaks, the wait staff is sometimes a little over its head.

For Best Results

Check out the specials, even the ones that seem to have come from a different restaurant. These people really know how to cook.

Bonus Information

Attitude 1
Environment 0
Hipness 0
Local Color 2
Service 1
Value 3
Wine 0