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Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
738 Poland Ave., (504) 943-9914; www.jackdempseys.net
The namesake Jack Dempsey platter for two includes gumbo, shrimp, catfish, crab balls, redfish, crawfish pies and two sides. The menu also offers po-boys and an array of broiled or fried seafood items. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Jacmel Inn
903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com
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 and checks. $$$

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St., (504) 861-0886; www.jacquesimos.com
Chef/owner Jacques Leonardi offers creative takes on Creole dishes. 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; www.jaegersseafood.com
Char-broiled oysters are topped with garlic, butter, Parmesan and breadcrumbs. The menu includes boiled seafood, grilled fish, po-boys, seafood platters and more. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jamila's Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366
Mediterranean shrimp are sauteed with garlic, white wine, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and served over linguine. The fish of the day is served with couscous and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jan's Cajun Restaurant
4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, (504) 689-2748
The seafood plate includes fried shrimp, crab, fish, stuffed crab, stuffed shrimp, french fries and salad. Chicken gumbo is made with boneless chicken thighs and two types of andouille sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Jax Brewery Bistro Bar
620 Decatur St., (504) 333-6914; www.jaxnola.com
The Hangover Killer breakfast sandwich includes eggs, brisket, potatoes and cheese. Duck Bombs feature bacon-wrapped duck 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; www.jazminecafe.com
Tamarind fish soup features tilapia, pineapple, okra, bean sprouts, tomato, onion, cilantro and celery in spicy, tangy tamarind broth served with jasmine rice. Com thit nuong is pork marinated with lemon grass, char-grilled and served with lettuce, cucumber, Roma tomatoes and pickled vegetables over rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Jazz Cafe
209 Decatur St., (504) 267-3314; www.jazzcafenola.com
Ultimate jambalaya features shrimp, crab, chicken, sausage and bacon and is 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; www.jiggersrebar.com
The meatloaf sandwich is topped with a sunny side up egg and bacon and served on wheat bread with fries. A 10-ounce burger is dressed to order and served with fries or sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Joey Jeanfreau's Grill
2324 Paris Road, Chalmette, (504) 271-8216; www.jeanfreausmeats.com
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; www.joeyksrestaurant.com
The menu includes po-boys, Creole favorites such as red beans and rice and daily lunch specials. Fried green tomatoes are topped with grilled shrimp and served with remoulade. The fried eggplant Napoleon includes fried shrimp and crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Johnny Sanchez
930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6615; www.johnnysanchezrestaurant.com
Chefs John Besh and Aaron Sanchez's taqueria offers gourmet takes on Mexican staples. Plaquemines Parish citrus salad is topped with blue cheese, pomegranate, fennel and radishes. Crispy Louisiana shrimp tacos are dressed with chili aioli, pickled carrots and onions. 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. $$

Johnny's Po-Boys
511 St. Louis St., (504) 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboys.com
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. $

The Joint
701 Mazant St., (504) 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com
Barbecue options include brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and sausage. For a Tuesday and Wednesday special, house-cured pastrami is dressed with coleslaw and spicy mustard on rye bread. Fresh fruit daiquiris are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Josephine Estelle
Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070
House-made pastas include rigatoni served with Calabrian sugo, fontina, pickled peppers and crispy prosciutto. Veal breast is served with farrotto, gremolata, fava beans and carrots. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 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; www.juansflyingburrito.com
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. Blackened redfish tacos are dressed with creamy cilantro slaw and salsa fresca in flour tortillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Juju Bag Cafe
5363 Franklin Ave., (504) 872-0969
Slow-cooked 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. $$

Junction
3021 St. Claude Ave., (504) 272-0205; www.junctionnola.com
The railroad-themed eatery offers gourmet burgers and a large selection of craft beers. 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; www.jungsgoldendragonii.com
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. $$


Dollar signs reflect the average price of a dinner entree.
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