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Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
738 Poland Ave., (504) 943-9914;
The Jack Dempsey platter for two includes gumbo, shrimp, catfish, crab balls, redfish, crawfish pies and two sides. The Half & Half po-boy includes two choices of shrimp, oysters or catfish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Jacmel Inn
903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043;
Jumbo lump crab cakes are topped with pickled vegetables and remoulade. Louisiana shrimp and country grits are topped with smoked Gouda and barbecue shrimp sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St., (504) 861-0886;
Blackened redfish is topped with crabmeat and chili hollandaise and served with salad and two sides. Alligator cheesecake is made with smoked Gouda, shrimp and alligator sausage and topped with tomato basil sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

Jaeger's Seafood & Oyster House
901 S. Clearview Parkway, Jefferson, (504) 818-2200;
Char-broiled oysters are topped with garlic, butter, Parmesan and breadcrumbs. The fried catfish platter includes french fries, hushpuppies, jambalaya and house salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jamila's Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366
Crawfish, zucchini and spinach fill a creamy bisque. Mediterranean shrimp are sauteed with garlic, white wine, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and served over linguine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jan's Cajun Restaurant
4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, (504) 689-2748
Chicken Parmesan is topped with house-made tomato sauce and served over angel hair pasta with salad and garlic bread. Shrimp and sausage gumbo is served over rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Jax Brewery Bistro Bar
620 Decatur St., Suite 1A, (504) 333-6914;
The Hangover Killer breakfast sandwich includes eggs, brisket, potatoes and cheese. Bacon-wrapped duck is stuffed with jalapenos and cream cheese and served with dipping sauce. Reservations accepted. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Jazmine Cafe
614 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9301;
Com thit nuong is pork marinated with lemon grass, char-grilled and served with lettuce, cucumber, Roma tomatoes and pickled vegetables over rice. Tamarind fish soup features tilapia, pineapple, okra, bean sprouts, tomato, onion, cilantro and celery in spicy, tangy tamarind broth served with jasmine rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Jazz Cafe
209 Decatur St., (504) 267-3314;
Ultimate jambalaya features shrimp, crab, chicken, sausage and bacon served with garlic bread. Chicken wings come with sauces such as Cajun Buffalo, lemon pepper, honey barbecue, Cajun ranch and Thai sweet chili. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jigger's ReBar and Kitchen
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-3555;
A 10-ounce burger is dressed to order and served with fries or sweet potato fries. Grilled chicken breast tops a salad of spinach, dried cranberries, red onion, candied pecans, Gorgonzola and raspberry-balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Joey Jeanfreau's Grill
2324 Paris Road, Chalmette, (504) 271-8216;
Roast beef po-boys feature top round beef slow-cooked in house daily. House-made Italian sausage also is available in a po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997;
Fried green tomatoes are topped with grilled shrimp and served with remoulade. Fried eggplant Napoleon includes fried shrimp and crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Johnny's Po-Boys
511 St. Louis St., (504) 524-8129;
The roast beef po-boy features house-cooked beef dressed with lettuce, tomato and pickles on Leidenheimer bread. The muffuletta includes ham, imported salami, mozzarella and house-made olive salad on a seeded bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

Johnny Sanchez
930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6615;
Cochinita pibil enchiladas are served Yucatan-style with pork, achiote, shaved red onion, jalapeno and Mexican crema. Beer-battered Gulf fish tacos are dressed with chipotle, avocado, cabbage and jalapeno vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Johnny Trauth's Seafood Bistro
2121 25th St., Kenner, (504) 471-0808
Seafood fettuccine features shrimp, crawfish and jumbo lump crabmeat in Alfredo sauce. Char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$

The Joint
701 Mazant St., (504) 949-3232;
House-made pastrami is dressed with spicy mustard and coleslaw on rye. Chaurice sausage is made in house with green onion, jalapeno, garlic and paprika. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Josephine Estelle
Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070;
Gulf snapper crudo is served with brown butter, hazelnuts, sunchokes, celery leaf and Meyer lemon. The rib-eye is seasoned with truffled garum, lemon, parsley and garlic and served with fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Juan's Flying Burrito
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825; 2018 Magazine St., (504) 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-9950;
The signature Flying Burrito combines skirt steak, Gulf shrimp, Creole chicken, sour cream, guacamole, yellow rice, black beans, salsa la fonda and Juan's hot sauce in a Hola Nola flour, whole wheat, spinach or cayenne tortilla. Red chili and chicken quesadillas include adobo sauce, spinach and goat cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Juju Bag Cafe
5363 Franklin Ave., (504) 872-0969
Red beans are seasoned with smoked turkey and served over rice with Jamaican jerk chicken. The Louisiana catfish plate comes with baked macaroni and cheese, sweet potato souffle, green beans, potato salad and French bread. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

3021 St. Claude Ave., (504) 272-0205;
The Kansas City Southern burger features grilled onions and mushrooms, cheddar cheese and house-made Kansas City-style barbecue sauce. The Crescent City burger is topped with fried green tomato, greens and remoulade. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Jung's Golden Dragon
3009 Magazine St., (504) 891-8280;
A crispy fish filet comes with sweet and spicy Hunan sauce. Peking duck is a whole duck cooked with honey and served with pancakes and duck soup. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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