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Need Jacques Imo's Advice

Hi fellow Chowhounds. I'll be in NO for a conference this weekend - first trip in a long time. Thinking of eating at Jacques Imo's but wondering how long I should expect to wait on a Saturday night? Is this place worth the effort to wait in line (and get across town)? Would appreciate any input.

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  1. I wouldn't be daunted by the wait. We were there this past Saturday night. Arrived around 7 and told the wait would be about 40 minutes. Didn't mind a bit given the festive atmosphere out on the sidewalk with our cocktails. Jack showed up and posed for a photo with us. You can even go to the nearby Maple Leaf bar for a drink and they'll track you down there when the table is ready. Are you going via taxi? If so, we had no problem finding a return after dinner. Cabs go via freeway, so not a long ride.

    1. Get there when they open and there should not be any wait. I think it is fun and worth going to. They have an eggplant wild mushroom appetizer that is rich and delicious. I find I do better ordering appetizers rather than appetizer and entre. Too much food.

      1. I would definitely go - 45 min to 1 hour probably for the wait, maybe less since its not high season right now. Order the savory cheesecake appetizer if they have it. And save room (somehow) for dessert.

        1. i like jacques imo's - but Dick & Jenny's is much better. there's no reservations at either and both are not that bad of a wait (due to cocktails and friendly conversation amongst the waiting droves) - but the food at D&J's is superior.

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          1. re: dtud

            I love Jacques Imo's...I love it because it is good, and it is fun...but it is way out of the Quarter, and will take a cab to get there, and back, which should not be a problem if necessary. I am just thinking that there are some fabulous places in the Quarter or closer that may be just as much fun...and will not suggest, as my last few visits have been spent Uptown. No doubt much love and devotion for many for Jacques Imo's fans, I being one......but I always have enough friends of son to be able to make a reservation.

          2. Definitely go! I've been several times over the past few years, most recently in November 2006. I find that they often seem to overestimate the actual wait. But it's usually a fun wait, as others have said. It's a party feeling all the time and right next door is one of the most happening clubs (although nothing much happens until well past 10 p.m.) in NO. Do yourself a favor and order the shrimp and alligator cheesecake appetizer. It's one of the best things to eat in New Orleans.