Everyone knows that New Orleans, Louisiana is known for their food, so when my work sent me there for a conference I was certainly excited to try some of the local cuisine, and of course fried chicken.

Any time you travel anywhere, folks are always making suggestions on where you need to stop and what you need to try.  On trips to such a high tourist destination there are of course those must try places, like “Cafe Du Monde” on this particular trip.  These tend to be places that are so well known you just have to find the time on your trip to stop.  I personally like to visit places that are recommended by the locals rather than just tourists.

Our local connection had “Coop’s Place” high up on their list of recommendations.  They even went so far as to say Coop’s had the best fried chicken around.  Well with a claim like that we had to make the trip!  Things started out promising with a line of folks waiting outside the door to be seated.

We opted for the “Coop’s Taste Plate” so we could sample as much of a variety as possible.  This dish included a Seafood Gumbo, Cajun Fried Chicken, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, as well as a Rabbit & Sausage Jambalaya.  To make sure we had enough fried chicken, we chose to also order a 2-PC which came with a helping of the jambalaya as well as some coleslaw.  My favorite parts of the meal were the gumbo, and the coleslaw.  Unfortunately the fried chicken was a bit dry, though we thankfully had some of the local Abita Amber to wash it down.

In my humble opinion, the local Willie’s Chicken Shack had a far superior fried chicken.  I have no plans to return to Coop’s Place and this always saddens me when a local joint just doesn’t live up to the hype.

Coop’s Place
1109 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA  70116


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