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Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
738 Poland Ave., (504) 943-9914; www.jackdempseys.net
The Jack Dempsey platter for two features 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 Ave., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com
Redfish courtbouillon is served with Gulf shrimp, crabmeat, tomato and Louisiana rice. Seared scallops are served with Covey Rise Farms carrots and Louisiana oranges. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St., (504) 861-0886; www.jacques-imos.com
Blackened redfish is topped with crabmeat and chili hollandaise and served with salad and two sides. Fried white and dark meat chicken is served in the style of the late chef Austin Leslie — topped with dill pickles and persillade. Reservations accepted. 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 fried catfish platter includes french fries, hushpuppies, jambalaya and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jamila's Mediterranean Tunisian Bistro
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366; www.jamilascafe.com
Bisque is made with crawfish, zucchini and spinach. 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; www.facebook.com/janscajunrestaurant
Chicken Parmesan is topped with house-made tomato sauce and served over angel hair pasta with salad and garlic bread. Appetizers include Cajun cheese poppers, shrimp remoulade, bacon-wrapped oysters, fried crab claws and gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

Jerusalem Cafe
2132 Tulane Ave., (504) 509-7729; www.facebook.com/cafehei
The gyro platter includes rice, tomatoes, onion and pita. The menu includes shawarma, lamb chops, falafel, kebabs, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, baklava and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Joey Jeanfreau's Grill
2324 Paris Road, Chalmette, (504) 271-8216; www.jeanfreausmeats.com
Po-boys feature house-made Italian sausage and house-barbecued beef. The veal Swiss melt cheeseburger comes with onions and gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com
Fried green tomatoes are topped with grilled shrimp and served with remoulade. A 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; www.facebook.com/johnnyspoboys
Po-boy fillings include roast beef, ham, fried shrimp, crawfish, soft-shell crab, alligator sausage, pork chops and more. The muffuletta features 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; www.johnnysanchezrestaurant.com
The spring market salad features wood-grilled chicken, shrimp or carne asada over greens, grilled corn, avocado, manchego cheese, fried shallots and chipotle Caesar dressing. The Gulf tuna tostada combines yellowfin tuna tartare, avocado, habanero, passion fruit and white soy-citrus vinaigrette on a crispy house-made tortilla. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Joint
701 Mazant St., (504) 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com
The menu includes brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, sausage and chicken. Burnt ends are twice-smoked in barbecue sauce and served on a sandwich or a plate. Brunswick stew is made with chicken and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Josephine Estelle
Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com
Poole's beets are served with stracciatella, pears, Brussels sprouts and burnt orange vinaigrette. Endive salad includes citrus and pink peppercorn vinaigrette. 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; 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 flour, whole wheat, spinach or cayenne Hola Nola tortilla. Juaha rolls are spinach tortillas filled with avocado, spinach, salsa, cheddar Jack and cream cheeses and topped with Cotija cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Junction
3021 St. Claude Ave., (504) 272-0205; www.junctionnola.com
The Kansas City Southern burger is topped with grilled onions and mushrooms, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce. Braised and fried Tijuana chicken wings are seasoned with lemon and garlic and served with Caesar dressing for dipping. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Jung's Golden Dragon
3009 Magazine St., (504) 891-8280; www.jungsgoldendragonii.com
Whole Peking duck is baked in honey sauce and served with eight pancakes and duck soup. A fish fillet is cooked in Sichuan hot pepper sauce with vegetables. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



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