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Dick & Jenny's vs. Jacques-Imo's

So my friend and I are headed to Nola the last week in February. I've pretty much settled on all of our meals except our Monday night dinner and I've narrowed the list to Jacques-Imo's and Dick & Jenny's.

I lived in New Orleans pre-Katrina and at that time D&J was one of the most touted restaurants on this list. I remember having one of the best meals of my life there. Lately, it doesn't seem to pop up nearly as much and I had a just okay meal there on a visit about 4 years ago. I still have great memories of the place, though. What's the current consensus?

I've enjoyed Jacques-Imo's in the past but it can be hit or miss . . . and not always worth the wait/price. When it's good it's a heck of a lot of fun, though. My friend has never been to New Orleans and it has the kind of laid back atmosphere we are looking for.

Just so you know the other restaurants we are going to are Cochon, Coop's, Dante's Kitchen, Herbsaint, Parasol's and Port of Call.

Let me know what you think.

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  1. I'd go with Dick & Jenny's..ask for "Alex" or "trey" to take care of you (goes by both names).

    1. "Laid back" is not how I would describe a hyper atmosphere manned by a drunk owner often staggering around and laid out across cars outside, but to each his/her own. D&J's definitely.

      Suggestions: Don't hit Coop's during peak times or you will wait and the quality of your food/service may suffer. They serve from 11am until 2am. Also, Port of Call is frankly overrated. Much better options abound.

      1. Dick and Jenny;s..
        Jacques-Imo's is overpriced and the quality is not equal to the price paid. Plus...there is the wait...

        1. I think if you want your friend to have a uniquely NOLA experience, you go with JI's. I have never not liked the food there and the atmosphere is something to be experienced.

          1. Go to Coquette instead of either of those. Or maybe Boucherie.