Cuisine: American, Cajun, Creole, Local Specialty
Jacques-Imo's is a Cajun/Creole mecca notable for its truck-turned table for two beckoning the Oak Street pedestrian crowd. The shrimp etouffee and Smothered Chicken highlight a menu of favorites that deliver huge portions at reasonable prices - all entrees include salad and two sides. Locals love the fried chicken - although that argument will never be settled in New Orleans, this version is right up there. The paneed rabbit with tasso pasta is another winner, and for dessert, what else but the alligator cheesecake? Jacques Leonardi, the chef and mastermind of this venue, is usually on hand to chat up guests and talk food.
8324 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
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Cajun: "Don't leave until you try the alligator cheesecake, a hefty slab of savory cheesecake chock full of shrimp and alligator nuggets."
Best for Cajun Because: Jacques-Imo's is a lively, locally cherished neighborhood joint tucked into a two-story shotgun on historic Oak Street.