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Jacques-Imo's or Dick and Jenny's ?

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boltz2000 Jan 8, 2008 07:49 AM

Does anyone still go to either place anymore? I'll be in New Orleans next month and would like to try one or the other. I ate at D&J's last year, thought it was great and would love to go again, but should I bypass it to try J-I's?

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    syoung68 Jan 16, 2008 12:24 PM

    I love both of these places for different reasons. Unlike HC, I think the food a J-I is great and fun. It is my go-to place when I have out of town guests that want a taste of New Orleans. Not that I plan it as their only meal in town, but I think it is a good representative of "passin a good time". Neither I nor my guests have ever been disappointed.

    On the flip side I do truly like D&Js too, but if you have eaten their once, you are from out of town, and you can only go to one or the other, you should try someplace new.

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      sophaloaf Jan 15, 2008 09:29 AM

      I love, love, love both these restaurants, but they're pretty different.
      J-I's always seems to be the start of a crazy night, whether because it's like a party there, or because the Maple Leaf is right next door. Have disagreed with Hungry Celeste on other posts on this point, but I love this place.

      HOWEVER - that being said, D&J's was where we went for a more "normal" evening. As a result, we ate at D&J's a LOT more regularly - I would say, for every 5 or even 7 visits to D&J, we made 1 to J-I. So I would say, it depends on what kind of night you're planning. If you can make it to both, go for it!! Enjoy.

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        mom2kec Jan 13, 2008 07:30 AM

        would like a similar place that is open on sunday nights? any ideas?

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          roro1831 Jan 13, 2008 08:40 AM

          Not sure if Matt & Naddie's is open on Sunday's, but I've always liked going there.

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          cruzfools Jan 12, 2008 07:12 PM

          Loved Jacque-Imo's! Will go back next time I'm in New Orleans. Had a stuffed softshell crab with a topping that was out of this world. The spinach salad with the fried oysters was wonderful and I don't eat spinach.

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            Clarkafella Jan 8, 2008 06:17 PM

            I'm coming through New Orleans a week from Thursday, and my friend whom I am staying with wants to go to Jacques-Imo's. Since I have never been to either place, would you folks say to try and suggest somewhere else, or just go along with his choice?He has only been to J-I once, but really liked it...

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              Tonto Jan 8, 2008 07:50 PM

              I have had really good food at times with an atmosphere of total frivolity and I have been with a group who wanted to rev it up and the food and service were horrible. I guess it is worth a try, maybe not the wait, but it is hit or miss at best, so try it and give us a report.

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                Blumie Jan 9, 2008 06:27 AM

                You've got to gauge your friend. If they're going to be terribly disappointed not to go to J-I's, just go there. It's not terrible (and many people love it). On the other hand, D&J's, although many of us find it far preferable to J-I's, is a risk, if only because your friend has his heart set on J-I's, and if he doesn't like D&J's he's gonna be resentful that you talked him out of J-I's.

                Some of my friends, I'd just take back to J-I's. Others I'd convince to go to D&J's.

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                  the queen Jan 15, 2008 06:45 AM

                  Go, Go, Go to Jacques-Imo's.

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                  cor Jan 8, 2008 09:08 AM

                  I have recently been very underwhelmed by D&J's.

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                    Hungry Celeste Jan 8, 2008 08:26 AM

                    Nah, I think D&J is a better spot by far. No contrived non-decor, no attitude, no generalized undergraduate silliness.

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                      JazzyB Jan 8, 2008 08:56 AM

                      Agree with Hungry Celeste

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                        Blumie Jan 9, 2008 06:24 AM

                        Agree 100%.

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                          Burgoober Jan 13, 2008 06:59 AM

                          I agree.

                          Jacques-Imo has always underwhelmed me, especially since Austin Leslie moved on to greener pastures. Considering the price and the so-so quality, it's never a place I choose to go.

                          D&J's, on the other hand, is a fairly regular spot for me. I have eaten there at least twenty times, with only two subpar experiences. Very good food, excellent service, and a warm atmosphere keep me coming back.

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