Chap’s is located in a very short strip mall on the side of a convenience store. In fact, you can say it’s part of the store. You can walk from the store into the restaurant, and vice versa. That comes in handy if you want to grab a beer or an ICEE to go with your meal!
After one of my favorite chicken joints, Gus’s, closed during this Coronavirus mess (It’s back open now), I saw a sign for this place. I didn’t know they existed since they’re located in a kind of secluded New Orleans neighborhood. We decided to give them a try for dinner tonight.
Due to the Coronavirus lockdown you still aren’t allowed to eat in restaurants, so we called in our order to go. We decided on an 8 piece box of fried chicken, a fried shrimp and catfish plate, a large order of red beans, and a small jambalaya, mac n cheese, French fries and cole slaw.
And the food!
Gus’s originated in Tennessee and does a spicy, wet battered fried chicken, which is delicious. This is more of the traditional fried chicken that me, and all other New Orleanians, are used to. And it was excellent! Fried to order, so give them 20 minutes to get it ready for you. The 8 piece box is actually a whole chicken, so you get two wings, breast, legs and thighs. We prefer all dark meat, so we asked for legs and thighs. Very crispy, seasoned well, juicy and nice and tender. The fried catfish and shrimp were also really good.
As far as the sides, their motto says it all. “We are not fast food, we are a good meal”. The red beans tasted like home made. I really liked the cole slaw, and the jambalaya was acceptable as a side dish. If you did a fried chicken dinner at home, you’d be happy with this food as an outcome. We enjoyed everything.
I’m looking forward to going back and sitting inside to eat after this lockdown is over with. Great food and friendly people. I recommend the place!
206 W. Harrison Ave. C, New Orleans, LA 70124 Ph: 504-371-5546
Bad news! If you walk up to Chap’s front door in New Orleans, that’s what you’ll see. The signs gone, because they moved! Bad news for Lakeview residents, that is. Good news for Metairie residents. Here’s their new address:
3343 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70001 Ph: 504-304-8438
Finally made it to the new Metairie location. I see why they moved. Instead of occupying a small space attached to a convenience store, they’ve got a full sized restaurant now. And everything is still delicious. Big pieces of crisp chicken fried to order, and our sides today were red beans and rice, jambalaya and French fries. All great. Love this place!
3343 Metairie Rd., Suite 1&2, Metairie, LA 70001 Ph: 504-304-8438