Chef Louie has been a fixture in St. Tammany Parish with a loyal following. In his colorful chef pants and cap, Louie often visits with customers who become friends. Just as he learned from his grandmother, his own children have taken up the family business and help keep the flavors going. It’s a family operation in every sense. At region food events, and at gatherings as large as Epcot’s gigantic Food and Wine Festival, Chef Louie shares his knowledge, his big heart, and a true chef’s culinary sensibilities with anyone who genuinely loves good food.
Chef & owner Louie Finnan serves up traditional “New Orleans” fare, po-boys, meatballs and spaghetti, crab cakes, veal parmigiano and adding breakfast to the menu. From its eclectic decor to its electric atmosphere, Louie & the Redhead Lady is a fun and enjoyable way to begin or end your day.
Louie and the Redhead Lady is a family-owned and operated restaurant located in Old Mandeville. Chef Louie Finnan is known worldwide for serving traditional Louisiana cuisine that would make any Cajun proud.Louie Finnan began his culinary career many years ago with his mother, the original redhead lady. In 2005 a new Louie and the Redhead Lady restaurant opened its doors at its current location at 1851 Florida St. This time, Louie owns and works in the restaurant with his wife Ginger Finnan, who is also a redhead lady.
Ginger designs a line of jewelry called The Redhead Lady Collection. Her jewelry has a local flair to it with elaborate colors and blends of jewels. She has her own area inside the restaurant called “The Shoppe Around the Corner,” in which she sells her jewelry. Louie and Ginger take pride in their southern hospitality and friendly atmosphere. If anyone works here who isn’t in our family, it’s because they are like family to us.”
“We also enjoy not only getting to know our customers, but becoming friends with them too,” says Ginger.
Although Louie and the Redhead Lady is a tight-knit family business, Louie’s talents have reached audiences much farther than just those in Louisiana.
Louie traveled out of the country and took part in a show sponsored by the Food Network this past May. He represented the state of Louisiana on the World Culinary Stage at EAT! Vancouver in Canada. Louie also traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., to take part in Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. He was picked to be one of nine chefs to represent Louisiana. Ginger also had the opportunity to travel to Epcot and sell her jewelry as a featured artist. “It was a great experience to be in Disney World as a part of the Food and Wine Festival. We were there for nine days total,” Ginger says. Although active in different events not only nationwide but also in the world, Louie and Ginger participate in many local events. The restaurant took part in Chef Soiree, a gourmet party hosted by the Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany. The event took place in March at Bouge Falaya Park in Covington. Ginger also has a booth where she will be selling her jewelry at the Wooden Boat Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11, by the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. Besides being known for serving genuine Cajun cuisine, Louie and the Redhead Lady is also known for having a delicious breakfast menu. The restaurant was voted number four “Best Breakfast in the New Orleans Metro Area” by Tom Fitzmorris, a New Orleans food critic. Some items available on the breakfast menu are Louie’s Specials, which include the fiesta scramble, shrimp and spinach scramble, jambalaya scramble and the two eggs, bacon, ham or sausage meal. Also available are gourmet pancakes, omelettes, New Orleans specialties and various side items. The restaurant serves numerous lunch dishes including sandwiches and po-boys, salads, house specialties such as soup and crab cake, eggplant parmesan and fried oyster platters. All-you-can-eat fried shrimp and catfish platters are also available. For dinner, appetizers such as crab cakes, fried green tomatoes and onion rings are available. Salads, soups and entrées such as seafood platters, pasta and filets are also on hand.
Louie and the Redhead Lady is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m- 2 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.