About Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
Tibby’s is not just about what you see, but how it makes you feel. It’s about expressing personality and character through food, music, art and heritage. It has the vibe of New Orleans funk in a very fun atmosphere. It is vibrant in expressions and true to its colors. It reflects a social gathering that feeds the soul. It’s not the New Orleans you may have visited; it is the New Orleans that locals call home.
Walter Tabony (Tibby) was born in the Big Easy. He was a kid during the Great Depression. He was a teen while fighting in brutal battles in the Pacific during World War II. After the war he built his home in the Lower 9th Ward & built a fish camp on Bayou Bienvenue. In September 2005 he found shelter in the Superdome but lost everything to the waters of Katrina. Tibby was a survivor. He had been married to his wife Rita since 1945. He had been a fan of the Saints since 1967.
Tibby would brag of his plans if the Saints ever made the Super Bowl: “Breakfast would be beignets at Café du Monde at the French Market & then a two-block walk for Bloody Mary’s at the Court of Two Sisters. Catch a Mardi Gras parade on Canal Street & grab an oyster Po’boy at Johnny’s in the Quarter. I would then stroll over to the Superdome parking lot for tailgating & enjoy an early dinner at Galatoire’s. Taste some Hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s & then watch the Saints win the Super Bowl at the Old Absinthe House. I would head back to Canal Street for another parade & then close out the night on Bourbon Street. After the celebration I would sleep all day on Monday.”
Tibby lived to be 93. He was an uncle who would share his stories & shared his love.. We created this place in his honor.