Living in New Orleans spoils me by offering me a choice of so many excellent restaurants. One of my favorites is Copeland’s for their good food, consistent offering, and reasonable prices.
Copeland’s has several restaurants in New Orleans area and all are managed and run in a similar manner. Almost anything on the menu is well seasoned (not hot), and a well thought-out dish that will please even the most critical client.
Al Copeland was the inventor of the Popeye’s Fried Chicken chain and he personally came up with many of the spice recipes used. He then developed the Copeland’s chain offering seasoned New Orleans style food.
One of his most famous menu items is the Onion Mum or Blooming Onion. A small restaurant at the lakefront in New Orleans developed a device to cut onions into a flower form and Copeland worked to buy the concept. The sale didn’t go through, but the idea spread and Copeland’s offered the Onion Mum with Tiger Sauce. Subsequently, many restaurant chains took the idea and offered their own version of the Blooming Onion.
Copeland’s is a good restaurant, offering excellent food and good value. It is not on a par with Gallitoire’s, Antoines, or Kay Paul’s but is a staple of New Orleans eating and a favorite of locals for lunch or a night out.
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