In New Orleans, the name Jaeger has been associated with seafood for generations, though a pair of new ventures from a member of this local restaurant family put burgers front and center.
In late spring, Andrew Jaeger opened Jaeger Burger Co. (872 Harrison Ave., 504-482-1441), a small burger joint in the middle of Lakeview's commercial corridor. More recently, he added Bucktown Burger & Fish Co. (200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 504-840-0902), which expands the concept with a much larger menu and a different setting.
Bucktown Burger & Fish Co. took over the lakefront restaurant space previously occupied by Live Bait. The menu includes fried seafood, fish tacos, burgers and specialties like oysters bordelaise, which here are fried and stuffed into a bread bowl doused with garlic and oil.
Bucktown Burger & Fish Co. retains Live Bait's beach shack look, with nautical decor across the bar, dining room and covered front patio. The restaurant's view is mainly of the levee and pumping station across the street, but visitors can hike to the top of the levee to see the small fishing harbor on the other side. The restaurant also hosts live music.
In Lakeview, Jaeger Burger Co. is a tiny operation with counter service and a short menu of burgers and sandwiches (including a grilled fish sandwich and chilled shrimp salad), and a few sides, such as poutine-style cheese fries.