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The History Behind Two Sisters Restaurant in New Orleans' Treme District

Two Sisters neck bone plate on their Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday menu. Historically butchers would discard such articles and poor folks would get them for free and turn them into a hearty meal.
Originally two sisters, one of them named Odell Lewis operated the restaurant in the historic African American Treme district of New Orleans. The sisters sold the restaurant in 1972 to Dorothy Finister a New Orleans Native with Mississippi roots. The story goes that Finister husband a native of Monroe, Louisiana regularly ate at Two Sisters and when Ms. Odell and her sister got too old to keep the place he decided to buy it with his wife to give her and her daughters something to do. A cash only business, the menu featured like mama makes it down home quality soul food that came on large portions for a low price. Sisters is the second soul food joint I had been in the Crescent city that had a specific Monday through Saturday menu for it is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm breakfast and lunch crowd. For example today’s Tuesday menu includes massive entrée options of meatball & spaghetti, pig tails, smothered or breaded pork chops, smothered fried or baked chicken, or Turkey or Pork neck bones. He entrée comes with rice, vegetables, a salad, white beans or greens, and corn bread to sop up the neck bone roux (rich gravy). There is also a dessert of the day which might be banana or bread pudding eaten with a cold class of iced tea or lemonade. More on the history and food of this New Orleans culinary landmark tomorrow. Remember if you going to check it out, it’s still a cash only business, there most likely be a line (a sign of some serious food), and they close at 5:00 pm. Here’s the address and phone number:
Two Sisters Restaurant
223 North Derbigny (Iberville-Bienville Sts.), New Orleans
504-524-0056

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