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“Cool and gamey food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jacques-Imo's Cafe

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118-2044
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Ranked #12 of 1,515 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Southwestern, Cajun & Creole
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Cool and gamey food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

There is a sign saying terrible food here out front. The irony is mind blowing.
I Walked in and was greeted by a very nice and cute girl. The room is small and very intimate. You can see what everyone around you is eating so it makes ordering one item very hard. Tried the alligator cheesecake that was raved about by friends. It was pretty good but the fried grits was even better. Had the panned rabbit and was a little let down by that, maybe rabbit just isn't my taste, but my friend had the redfish and that was to die for.
PS. The best mashed potatoes I've ever had at a restaurant. That alone is a reason to go.

Visited January 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Living New Orleans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

It's funky and tasty. It is New Orleans. Worth the taxi ride. The barbecue shrimp was awesome. Tender and full of flavor. Spicy by not overwhelming. The options seem to fit the geography in addition to shrimp, oysters, fried chicken there is also rabbit, gator, and a range of others interesting choices. Not some place to go for a quite dinner; it is boisterous, but friendly with an attentive staff.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent food and great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I have lived in the NOLA metro area for several years and have been meaning to try Jacques-Imo's. Often, I find the restaurants to be overrated but I found the food here to be excellent. The service was also great. I had the duck with pecan orange glaze and my husband had the country fried venison. Both were delicious. The couple we were with are long time locals and were also pleased with their meals. The coconut bread pudding with caramel sauce was fabulous. I highly recommend a visit to Jacques-Imo's.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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“A casual New Orleans dining experience you shouldn't miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

A trip uptown in New Orleans should always include dinner at Jacques-Imo's. It can't be beat! If you're staying downtown, you can drive, take a cab, or take the St. Charles streetcar up to Carrollton and then get off at Oak Street. If you drive and you get there before six, you shouldn't have much difficulty finding parking spots on side streets. The wait staff is excellent! They all work together as a team to insure that you have an amazing dining experience. They'll start you off with cornbread muffins that are warm and so buttery that they melt in your mouth. They'll offer you seconds, but try to resist and save room for dessert (bread pudding or crème brulee). We had the shrimp creole and the redfish, and, between us, sides of mashed sweet potatoes, red beans and rice, and corn. Everything was delicious. With the entrée, you'll get a house salad of baby spinach with a fried oyster on top. Their signature appetizer is alligator cheesecake. If you haven't had it before, you should order one serving for your table so everyone can get a taste. Bon Appetit!

Visited January 2014
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West Point New York
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

softshell crab is fantastic...it is in a wonderfully artsy area enjoy the surroundings artist paintings. the food is reasonably prices and the atmosphere is awesome. a must go to off the beaten path...enjoy

Visited February 2013
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