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Gambit's 2014 Spring Restaurant Guide: J 

Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
738 Poland Ave., (504) 943-9914;
This casual seafood house offers a large selection of fried or broiled local fish and shellfish. The Jack Dempsey seafood platter features gumbo, shrimp, catfish, crab balls and two sides. 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. Pickled squash and remoulade top the jumbo lump crab cakes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St., (504) 861-0886;
Blackened redfish is topped with crabmeat chili hollandaise and served with salad and two sides. The Carpetbagger steak is stuffed with poached oysters and topped with caramelized red onions, blue cheese and oysters. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Jaeger's Seafood and Oyster House
901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, (504) 818-2200;
Char-grilled oysters are topped with breadcrumbs, cheese and garlic butter. Jaeger's also offers po-boys, seafood platters and boiled seafood including crawfish, crabs, lobster and shrimp. 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;
The all-you-can-eat catfish platter comes with salad and french fries or potato salad. Roast beef po-boys are made with thin-sliced roast beef in gravy. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

Jamba Juice
930 Poydras St., (504) 304-4210; 3341 Magazine St., (504) 644-4220;
The Strawberry Wild smoothie is a fruit blend combining strawberries, apples and bananas. The Apples and Greens smoothie includes apples, kale, bananas, mangoes, strawberries and peaches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Jamila's Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366
Grilled lamb chops are served in merlot and port reduction with steamed asparagus and Lyonnaise potatoes. 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
Jan's seafood plate includes fish, oysters, stuffed crab and stuffed shrimp. The seafood gumbo features in dark roux. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Janie Brown's Restaurant
27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201;
Shrimp Creole is prepared in spicy bell pepper, celery and onion sauce and served over rice. Slices of eggplant are dipped in Italian breadcrumbs, fried and topped with light red gravy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Jazmine Cafe
614 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9301;
Spicy mango salad is made with julienne mango, raw tuna, jicama, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, peanuts, fried shallots and sesame vinaigrette. The salmon mango spring roll features fresh salmon, mango, vermicelli noodles and lettuce. 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 fried shrimp platter comes with french fries or potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Jerk's Island Grill
70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 893-1380;
Shrimp lettuce wraps combine marinated shrimp, sauteed onion and bell peppers tossed in teriyaki glaze and tortilla strips in romaine lettuce leaves. Salad Verde features jerk chicken breast over spinach, dried cranberries, goat cheese, pecans and curry vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Jigger's Bar and Grill
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-3555
Crispy fried boudin chimichangas are served with a chipotle honey mustard sauce. Baskets of wings come in orders of 10 or 20 with a choice of sauces including chipotle lime and garlic herb. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Jimmy J's Cafe
115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360;
The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Chicken sandwich features lightly battered chicken breast, Neuske's ham and bacon, Swiss cheese and tasso bechamel on a brioche bun. Cochon eggs Benedict features slow-braised pork, poached eggs, jalapeno hollandaise and a biscuit. 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. The grouper sandwich is a fillet served dressed on a kaiser or rustic roll. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997;
Trout Tchoupitoulas is a sauteed fillet of fish topped with shrimp and crabmeat and served with new potatoes and mixed vegetables. 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 Judge Bosetta po-boy combines ground beef, Italian and hot sausage and Swiss cheese. The Johnny's special features beef, grilled ham and American and Swiss cheese on French bread or Texas toast. Breakfast and lunch daily. No reservations. Cash only. $

Johnny Trauth's Seafood Bistro
2121 25th St., Kenner, (504) 471-0808;
Full or half slabs of baby back ribs are served with garlic mashed potatoes or red beans and rice, coleslaw and bread. Sauteed or fried oysters are served with garlic sauce and Parmesan cheese over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Joint
701 Mazant St., (504) 949-3232;
The Joint offers pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken and locally made sausages. The brisket plate comes with two house-made sides such as coleslaw, potato salad or macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Juan's Flying Burrito
2018 Magazine St., (504) 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-9950;
Seared tuna tacos feature rare tuna seasoned with coriander-chili rub in flour tortillas with miso-wasabi slaw and avocado. 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.

Juicy Lucy's
133 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 598-5044;
Super Juicy Fry features beef, melted cheddar, jalapeno, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and bacon atop french fries. The Juicy 9th Ward Blues burger is stuffed with sauteed mushrooms, onions, garlic and aged blue cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Juju Bag Cafe
5363 Franklin Ave., (504) 872-0969
The catfish plate includes grilled or fried catfish, sweet potato souffle, macaroni and cheese, peas and potato salad. The Mixed Bag combines shrimp, chicken, fish and sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner and late-night Thu.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

Jung's Golden Dragon
3009 Magazine St., (504) 891-8280;
Eggplant Sichuan features eggplant sauteed in garlic and Sichuan seasonings served over white rice. Roasted Peking duck comes with pancakes and duck soup. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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