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2015 Spring Restaurant Guide: J 

Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
738 Poland Ave., (504) 943-9914;
The restaurant offers platters such as the namesake Jack Dempsey, which includes gumbo, shrimp, catfish, crab balls and two sides. The half-and-half platter includes two choices of shrimp, catfish or redfish and a side item. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St., (504) 861-0886;
Chef Jacques Leonardi serves creative Creole dishes. Blackened redfish is topped with crabmeat and chili hollandaise and served with salad and two sides. Fried chicken plates feature white or dark meat or mixed combinations with parsley, garlic and pickles on top. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Jaeger's Seafood and Oyster House
901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, (504) 818-2200;
The seafood house serves boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs and char-grilled oysters topped with breadcrumbs, cheese and garlic butter. The King's platter includes snow crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp, boiled potatoes, corn, salad and butter sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jager Haus German Restaurant & Bar
833 Conti St., (504) 525-9200;
Sauerbraten is marinated beef sirloin served in sweet and sour gravy with spaetzle. The Munich plate includes weiner schnitzel, a Bavarian-style pork chop, German-style meatloaf, bratwurst, knackwurst, sauerkraut, spaetzle, potato salad, red cabbage and mustard. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Jam's Po-Boys & Catering
612 Sena Drive, Metairie, (504) 833-5882;
Roast beef is cooked in house and featured on po-boys thinly sliced and in gravy. The all-you-can-eat catfish platter comes with salad and french fries or potato salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

Jamila's Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366
Couscous royale is served with stewed chicken and lamb, grilled house-made merguez sausage and vegetables. Sauteed shrimp and mussels are served with tarragon seafood reduction over linguine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jan's Cajun Restaurant
4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, (504) 689-2748
The shrimp plate features sauteed shrimp in butter sauce with salad, garlic bread and a baked potato. Seafood gumbo features shrimp and sausage in dark roux. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Janie Brown's Restaurant
27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201;
Grilled trout comes with grilled oysters and light meuniere sauce. Catfish Michelle is a fried catfish fillet topped with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Jazmine Cafe
614 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9301;
The menu includes spring rolls, pot stickers, chicken curry and more. Spring rolls filled with salmon and avocado or tuna and snow crab are served with peanut-hoisin sauce. Com thit nuong is pork marinated with lemon grass, char-grilled and served with lettuce, cucumber, Roma tomatoes and pickled vegetable over rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Jeff's Creole Grille
5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-7992;
Grilled redfish is served with white wine lemon butter and grilled vegetables. The grilled shrimp platter comes with steamed rice, grilled vegetables and lemon-butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Jerk's Island Grill
70437 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 893-1380;
Volcano nachos are house-made tortilla chips topped with queso blanco, shredded cheese, black beans, sauteed onions and bell peppers, diced tomatoes and jalapeno. The salad verde features marinated grilled chicken breast over spinach, dried cranberries, goat cheese and peanuts in curry vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Jigger's Bar and Grill
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-3555
The half-pound Hangover burger is topped with hashbrowns, bacon, cheddar, hot sausage and a fried egg and served with choice of french fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or loaded potato. The 10-inch barbecue chicken flatbread pizza is topped with marinara, mozzarella, spinach, green onions, chicken and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily and late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Jimmy J's Cafe
115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360;
The French toast Monte Cristo has melted cheese, ham and bacon inside and is served with home fries. The Three Little Pigs sandwich features a lightly battered chicken breast, Neuske's ham and bacon, Swiss cheese and tasso bechamel on a brioche bun. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3000 Royal St., (504) 304-8224;
The grilled Reuben includes corned beef, pastrami, Swiss and provolone cheeses, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on seeded rye bread. The Jimmy features pastrami, goat cheese and mixed greens served on a rustic roll with pickles on the side. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997;
Shrimp Magazine tops angel hair pasta with ham, artichokes and butterflied shrimp sauteed in olive oil, white wine and garlic. Red beans and rice come with smoked sausage. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Johnny's Po-Boys
511 St. Louis St., (504) 524-8129;
The menu features a long list of po-boys, including classic fried shrimp and roast beef sandwiches served dressed on French bread. There also are fried seafood platters, gumbo and more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

Johnny Sanchez
930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6615;
Chefs John Besh and Aaron Sanchez's gourmet taqueria serves fish tacos filled with beer-battered mahi mahi, chipotle avocado, shaved cabbage and jalapeno vinaigrette. Arroz con pollo is slow-roasted chicken served with crispy rice, roasted tomatoes, avocado, serrano peppers and Cotija cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Johnny Trauth's Seafood Bistro
2121 25th St., Kenner, (504) 471-0808;
Seafood fettuccine features shrimp, crawfish and jumbo lump crabmeat simmered in creamy Alfredo sauce. Daily specials include all-you-can-eat snow crab with corn, potatoes and sausage on Tuesdays. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Joint
701 Mazant St., (504) 949-3232;
Barbecue options include pulled pork, brisket, chicken and St. Louis-style ribs. Side dish options include baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese and stone-ground grits made from smoked corn. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 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;
These California-Mexican taquerias serve tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and fajita plates. 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. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Juju Bag Cafe
5363 Franklin Ave., (504) 872-0969;
Juju's fried catfish plate comes with sides of mac and cheese, sweet potato souffle and potato salad. Fried chicken is served with shrimp and okra simmered in Creole tomato sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Fri. and late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$

021 St. Claude Ave., (504) 272-0205;
This Bywater eatery serves Buffalo wings, fried pickles and craft beers. The Central Vermont burger is garnished with applewood-smoked bacon, white cheddar, grilled apple and creamy maple sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Jung's Golden Dragon
3009 Magazine St., (504) 891-8280;
Peking duck is a whole duck with crispy skin served with house-made sauce and duck soup. Broiled fish with Sichuan hot pepper oil is served with vegetables. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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