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Feb 24, 2010 12:01 PM

Chez Jacqueline - Breaux Bridge, LA

im heading there for dinner this friday, can anyone recommend what theyve enjoyed? i have heard she will create a french tasting menu if the conditions are right..curious about that, too.


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  1. I was last there a couple of years ago but I don;t recall what I had apart from a turtle soup--if you can call it that--that was very thin and I did not even finish it. But it was a welcome straight down the line sort of place...Cafe des Amis just a few steps away was getting falutin' with the phyllo dough and so forth. The friend who ate with me was on the list for the special dinners but I never heard if he went to any. He was there more times than I was and he generally liked it. I don;t think I can get in touch with him before Friday but I will try

    1. I've only been once.....a couple of years ago. Jacqueline is quite the character and is a joy to visit with, but the food was terribly unremarkable. I recall the escargot appetizer being quite good, but that was about it. I believe I had a paneed veal dish (which was very greasy) served with peas (that seemed to be poured from a can and warmed). I don't remember what my wife had, but it was not memorable. And to be quite frank, though Cafe des Ami gets alot of ink, I've found it to be woefully disappointing (for dinner.....never been for their famous brunch).

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      1. re: BayouTeche

        I liked Cafe des Ami more before the fire..I have been fitfully since then.

        I think your reaction to Jacqueline is about like mine but i have a suspicion she could turn out something quite good when she wanted to or when she had an appreciative audience. I have seen that sort of thing happen before.

        1. re: hazelhurst

          hazelhurst......yeah, I would like to think so. It's a great little space and Jacqueline is a genuinely engaging lady. I want to like the place. Hopefully kibbles will have a positive report after Friday night.

          1. re: BayouTeche

            Agree as to hopes for kibbles--I had meant to say that earlier and got rushed. I'd be glad to get good news (and I need to be over there one weekend soon anyway so all info is good).

            1. re: hazelhurst

              ill give you my full report.

              fyi, im staying at the Maison des Amis, a b&b that partners w/ the Cafe for the breakfast:


              another one id like to try next time is here:


        2. re: BayouTeche

          About 3 years ago we had a late lunch at Cafe des Amis - I had the bbq shrimp. They were edible but the worst bbq shrimp I've ever had. They were served in a roux like sauce that was way to thick. The flavor was there but it kept separating as if the roux was cold and the liquid (what little liquid there was) was cold and they didn't cook it long enough for it to combine and yuck on that. The shrimp were large and fresh but the sauce just ruined it. The place was maybe 25% full but our waitress spent her time visiting with her coworkers and ignored us so I couldn't even get bread for the sauce. We had to ask for silverware, napkins, everything and she acted so put out by being asked for silverware. I won't return. I can put up with bad service for some really good food but this was a double dose of waste of my time. Perhaps we should have gone before 1:30 PM but you'd think they'd be prepared for late lunchers on a Sunday.

          Down the road a piece is where I now like to eat when traveling I-10 - it's in Jennings - Frey's Crawfish House. I've had lunch there twice and everything was very good.

          1. re: BayouTeche

            I've eaten at Chez Jacqueline a couple of times, and I have absolutely no recollection of what I ate.....I don't recall being wowed or disappointed, though. Once was at brunch, as an alternative to Cafe des Amis, as it is way-way-way too loud during the zydeco brunch. Dunno why the music needs to be amplified in such a small space.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              Restaurant trade mags often claim--mistakenly, I think--that people spend more if there is an exciting "vibe" by which they always mean loud music. Or loud television. I avoid the cajun joints that whoop up that stuff. I was at Joe Dreyfus awhile back on Sunday and they had a cajun music group. Luckily they tooka break and I told teh waitress to get me out of there before they came back. Cafe des Amis has had the same problem for me.

              I do think you'd have disappointed in the turtle at jacqueline's, though. But that is the onlty thing that stand out for me. I am anxiously awaiting kibbles' review. It might be time for a return trip.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                yeah the loud music thing is annoying. in the quarter and on frenchmen they open the doors and amplify in order to "pull in" nearby strollers; but it sometimes creates problems w/ nearby residents, creating an anti-live-music controversy.

                the solution, imo, is to enforce noise ordinances, including risk of temporary closure for multiple infractions.

            2. re: BayouTeche

              I've never been to Cafe Des Ami for dinner, but I throughly enjoyed the zydeco breakfast.

            3. I went 2 years ago for lunch and it was pretty bad. I had a crab salad and she used crab from a can. Not the pasturized crab can--the stuff you see on the regular shelves of the grocery next to the canned tuna and salmon and smoked oysters. Its just like everyone says, you wanna like the place so bad. Which makes getting crummy food feel like a good punch in the gut.

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              1. re: Davebr

                just back from going. i didnt think it was crummy... the rabbit was actually really good. yeah the peas were from a can, but the protein was great and the experience special.

                ill write a new post w/ our findings.

                1. re: kibbles

                  Don't ever go to this place. I just visited on Sunday....HORRIBLE is all I can say. We could not finish anything we ordered. The Lemon Sage chicken was so dry. I had the chicken and sausage gumbo...thought I was going to choke on all the small bones in the gumbo. The tea.....gag me. Tasted like it was brewed in same pot as the coffee. How is this place open?