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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - J 

JACK DEMPSEY'S
738 Poland Ave., 943-9914; www.jackdempseysllc.com
The Jack Dempsey seafood platter serves a training table feast of gumbo, shrimp, catfish, crab balls and two side items. Other dishes include fried soft-shell crabs and broiled redfish topped with crabmeat. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JACMEL INN
903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com
The baked oyster appetizer features oysters covered in Havarti cheese, andouille and bechemel. The vanilla-cured duck breast and five-spice confit duck leg is served with sweet potatoes, duck cracklings and Amato's orange wine gastrique. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE
8324 Oak St., 861-0886; www.jacquesimoscafe.com
Chef/proprietor Jacques Leonardi's cafe offers a boisterous bar, colorful folk-artsy decor and creative takes on Creole dishes. Shrimp and alligator cheesecake is a savory cheesecake made with shrimp, alligator sausage, smoked Gouda, onions and bell peppers in a Parmesan crust. Blackened redfish features an 8-ounce fillet topped with crab and chili hollandaise. Reservations recommended for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP
833 Conti St., 525-9200; www.jager-haus.com
Served on a pretzel bun, the burger is topped with grilled bratwurst, sauerkraut and Havarti cheese. Jagerschnitzel is a veal cutlet sauteed with mushroom cream sauce and served over spaetzle, a German dumpling topped with Swedish lingonberry sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING
612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882; www.jamspoboys.com
Stewed chicken is served with gravy, rice, salad and bread. Amy's signature seafood-stuffed eggplant boat comes with steamed vegetables and bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE
7808 Maple St., 866-4366
Moroccan-style tagine of lamb is baked in a terra-cotta dish and served with saffron basmati rice. Whole red snapper with garlic and onion chutney is served over vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT
4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748
Jan's dark-roux gumbo packs spicy heat. The hamburger steak is served with house-made gravy, and mushrooms and onions are optional additions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT
27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201
Trout meuniere is served with lump crabmeat or grilled oysters. Pan-fried honey chicken is covered with Italian breadcrumbs and served over fettuccine Alfredo. There also are seasonal crab specials. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

JAZMINE CAFE
614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301
Tamarind soup comes with a choice of shrimp, fish or tofu in tangy lemon grass broth with celery, pineapple, okra and tomato. A popular weekly special is the curry chicken in a stew of yellow curry, carrots and potatoes. Pho also is available. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ 

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE
1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritavilleneworleans.com
Gulf Coast and Caribbean dishes fill the menu at Jimmy Buffett's place. The Swamp Platter is filled with fried alligator, crawfish, shrimp and french fries. Fried, blackened or grilled talapia fills tacos topped with Baja sauce and coleslaw. No Reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

JOE SEPIE' S CAFE
4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613
This casual cafe serves Creole and Italian dishes and sandwiches. Roast beef po-boys are popular. Italian sausage and peppers are served over angel hair pasta in cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

JOEY K'S
3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com
The eggplant Napoleon is a tower of breaded and fried eggplant medallions with layers of fried shrimp and creamy crawfish sauce on top. Shrimp Magazine features lightly floured shrimp sauteed with garlic, artichoke hearts, ham and green onions over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY & JOYCE'S SEAFOOD
1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 11, Mandeville, (985) 727-7727
The seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, fish and a stuffed crab. The seafood gumbo comes from an old family recipe and is made with shrimp, crab and okra. Boiled crawfish are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS
511 St. Louis St., 525-8037; www.johnnyspoboys.com
The fried chicken plate is served with baked macaroni, green beans, salad and bread. The seafood muffuletta includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO
2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808
Jumbo lump crabmeat au gratin is served with salad and garlic rounds. Broiled catfish is stuffed with crabmeat and served with salad and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE JOINT
701 Mazant St., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com
Locally made smoked chaurice sausage is available in a sandwich dressed with coleslaw and served with one side or on a platter with two sides. The half rack of ribs is dry rubbed with a house blend of spices, slow smoked and served with a side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com
The Mardi Gras Indian tacos combine Jack cheese, spicy slaw, roasted corn, pinto beans and grilled squash. The Jerked Nachos feature jerk chicken, two cheeses, black beans, avocado, chipotle sour cream and pineapple salsa atop chips. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUICY LUCY'S
133 N. Carrollton Ave., 598-5044
This burger joint specializes in beef patties stuffed with ingredients, but there also are regular burgers, veggie and turkey burgers. The Juicy 9th Ward Blues is stuffed with mushrooms, onions, garlic and blue cheese and the Juicy Metairie incorporates spinach, artichoke hearts and Italian cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE JUJU BAG CAFE
5363 Franklin Ave., 872-0969; www.thejujubag.com
Grilled wild Alaskan salmon tops a salad with sauteed mushrooms, red onions, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. The fried catfish plate is served with macaroni and cheese, sweet potato souffle, green peas, Caribbean potato salad and whole wheat French bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFE & BAR
2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.julieslittleindia.com
Indian and New Orleans cuisine share the menu at this casual cafe. Saag paneer is sauteed spinach with paneer cheese and vindaloo sauce and comes with naan, basmati rice and papadam chips. Salmon Benedict features poached eggs on a biscuit with cream cheese, lox and hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON
3009 Magazine St., 891-8280; www.jungsgoldendragon2.com
A crispy fried fish fillet is served with sweet-and-spicy garlic, ginger and green onion sauce. Salt and pepper fried oysters come with Chinese vegetables and brown sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNIPER RESTAURANT
301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.net
The pork osso buco is braised in garlic Creole sauce and served atop oyster and Andouille dressing. Bouillabaisse brims with clams, langoustine shrimp and scallops in saffron tomato broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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