Pulling up to Jacques-Imo's you'll think to yourself "We're eating HERE?" Don't let the old pick-up truck parked out front fool you. That's only the beginning of it's charm. The restaurant is kind of dark and there are crazy paintings on the ceiling and an eclectic mix of nicknacks on the walls. (While we were there Jacques came in. Our waitress told us you know it's him because he's the one wearing the tye-dyed chef's jacket.) But the setting was nothing compared to the food. The menu really had something for everyone. The left side of the menu is the regular menu and the right side is the specials menu. (The waitress told us the difference between the 2 menus is the page that they're printed on. That the "specials" are always there! Again, an example of how quirky this place is!) We asked the waitress for a few suggestions, and she told us what the most popular dishes were. I was really interested in the blackened lamb sirloin, but debated whether or not to order it, since it wasn't one that she had recommended. I decided to order it anyway, and boy was I glad I did! It was incredibly delicious and cooked perfectly. When I asked the waitress why she hadn't recommended that dish, she told me it was because very few people oreder it. People really don't know what they're missing!!! One person in our party did take the advice of the waitress and ordered the pan fried drum w/ pecan meuniere. (Being from the Northeast, we had never heard of "drum" fish. Apparently it's popular in this part of the U.S. because it was on a lot of menus here.) The drum was so good that she talked about that dish for the rest of the trip. We ate some amazing food while in New Orleans, but this was the one that stood out the most.
Overall, this was a great place. Nice relaxing atmosphere with amazing food. It's a bit out of the way, but well worth the ride!!
I did notice that the website that TripAdvisor has does not bring you to Jacques-Imo's website. Here is their real website: http://jacques-imos.com/
If you have a party of 5 or more, they will allow you to make a reservation, which I highly recommend you do.
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