We cam upon Chez Jacqueline Restaurant while walking the historic district Saturday morning. We heard what we thought was live music and were drawn in.
Turns out they have live music Saturday mornings during breakfast and lunch. An older Cajun woman was playing the keyboard and accordion and singing in a wonderfully french accented Cajun voice.
We arrived just as they were changing over from breakfast until lunch, so we ordered a mimosa and Bloody Mary to pass the time while listening to the music until they were ready for lunch orders.
We decided to try three items off the menu and just share them between the two of us. First out was a gator burger. I had expected a filet, but it was more prepared like a crab cake except with shredded gator meat. The sandwich was good, but the best was to come. We also ordered a cup of Crawfish Etouffee. It came out with a nice thick broth with tons of crawfish. It was thick and earthy and delicious. Finally we ordered Coquille St. Jacques, which was mushrooms, shrimp, scallops, and crab meat covered with cheese and broiled with a rich buttery sauce. This was served with warm french bread for dunking in the sauce. Yumm.
As far as ambiance, the restaurant is small and tables are packed together tightly. It is dark and homey, with dated furnishings. Do not expect fancy. But do expect great food at a great price.
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