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Oct 3, 2007 03:16 PM


I went there only once and it was back in 2001, but I remember it being one of the most delicious meals I've had. Has it gone downhill since? It seems to not have the best reputation on these boards.

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  1. I have been there about 3 or 4 times sense Katrina and I think it is about the same. The tuna with brie and champagne sauce is one of my favorites. The wait is a bit of a pain but I think it’s worth it.

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    1. re: heavy d

      I am gonna go when they open at 5 so I won't have to wait.

      1. re: jamtart

        IMHO generous portions of mediocre food. You can get better prepared, higher quality ingredients elsewhere for about the same price. Of course there is that funky fun factor to consider.

        1. re: JazzyB

          I agree 100% with JazzyB. A great place for a fun dinner, particularly if large quantities of alcohol will be involved, but if you're goal is top flight food, I'd go elsewhere. I also consider Jacques-Imo's to be a good place for a solo diner to eat at the bar (if you can get a seat!).

          1. re: JazzyB

            JazzyB, I like Jacque’s food and if you know of a place that has the same type of food that is better prepared and has higher quality ingredients for about the same or cheaper price I would like to try them out. Yes it's a fun place to eat and I think that’s why people like it so much. I don’t care about that so much. I want that style of food and a place that is casual and not so stuffy or uptight. Please give up the name or names of these places.

            1. re: heavy d

              Try Dick and Jenny's heavy d.

              1. re: Tonto

                Absolutely Dick and Jenny's. Brigtsens is a tad higher but superior food. Waitresses are very friendly and you can certainly get by with jeans and a polo. Also, Redfish Grill and Mr. B's .

            2. re: JazzyB

              I have to say, I agree with Heavy D. While it is fried, heavy and far from gourmet, I do not think that equals mediocre food. The cheesecake appetizer is great, the seafood is always fantastic, as are the sides. The salad with the fried oyster is a nice touch. Plus, you can go in shorts and sandals and get pretty drunk. Love Frenchy's studio and the maple leaf too!

              1. re: mikek

                I think Jacques-Imo's reputation on this board is not as a restaurant with "bad" food--I grew up in New Orleans, have eaten at most of the restaurants in the city probably, and still think Jacques-Imo's is delicious--but as a sort of "dumbing down" of South Louisiana cuisine. Our cuisine tends to be misunderstood by the rest of the country as not having a lot of subtlety to it. Many tend to think that to make something "cajun" or "creole" you dredge it in pepper and saute it in butter and cream, or dip it in batter and fry it. New Orleanians would like to think these two cuisines are much more complicated. So we take issue with Jacques-Imo's, which leaves visitors with the impression that our food is just as they imagined it to be--over the top and anything but subtle. "Oh Maude, let me tell you what I ate in New Orleans--a deep fried poboy! Pasta with rabbit meat that must've had a stick of butter in it!" Now, to be fair, a lot of the food you'll get at "authentic" places in New Orleans is indeed fried in a stick of butter, and as I said before, I actually think Jacques-Imo's is yummy, but it doesn't really do justice to the range of food to be had in New Orleans and elsewhere in South Louisiana. We New Orleans Chowhounds mostly just hope, merely out of pride in our food and heritage, that people don't assume they "know" New Orleans food after a visit to Jacques-Imo's. I actively encourage people to go there, because it is a real hoot and they can go to the Maple Leaf afterwards, but I also encourage them to hit up other restaurants to "complete the picture."

                1. re: HalfShell

                  I have to disagree with you. Cajun food is very simplistic and it there often is a stick of butter in it. In Crowley, where I grew up, we had fried food quite often. My mom would also make very heavy cream sauces that went on almost everything. It was all very good. I don't eat like that now, but they still, unfortunately, do. I think Jacques-Imo's heavily resembles a lot of the food I grew up on; especially the chicken and biscuits, which is my favorite dish there.

        2. I really love Jacques-Imo's - i've never had a bad meal there.
          Going to Maple Leaf after...having a lil block party on the street!
          Oak st. is turning into a frenchman like always had that potential.