Restaurant Dish: Come to Jacques-Imo’s Café for eclectic fare and great amosphere

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Restaurant Dish: Jacques-Imo’s Cafe

The dress: Anything goes

The owner and chef of Jacques-Imo’s Café greets a table donning a white chef’s jacket, shorts and a pair of Birkenstock clogs. It’s not a costume, just another day at the ever- Eclectic Cajun/Creole cuisine eatery in Uptown New Orleans only minutes from our bed and breakfast. In fact, locals often pick to end their night of NOLA partying with a stop at Jacques-Imo’s for some late night fare in a casual cool atmosphere.

Eclectic, Cajun and Creole are three words often used to describe the cuisine at Jacques-Imo’s Café, and the descriptions are pretty spot on. The creative force behind the unique atmosphere and food is Jacques “Jack” Leonardi. Surprising quirks can be found in every aspect of the restaurant, from the unexpected kitschy décor to the their psychedelic spins on New Orleans classic dishes like fried oysters finished off with tangy plum and sesame sauce.

Not content with settling for the same classic dishes over and over again, Leonardi is a man who appreciates change. Whether it’s a new sauce to a classic dish, or a pop of curry, the chef is not afraid to experiment. With this said, Jacques-Imo’s Café still serves up piping hot classics, such as barbecue shrimp, redfish, sausage gumbo, fried chicken and of course, oysters.  Tourists to the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans as well have embraced the local haunt, and continue to sprinkle the stream of locals that line up at the door. Quite a hit with many crowds, Jacques-Imo’s Café can get pretty busy into the night, so don’t be put off by a wait time. If you are in a party of 5 or more, you can call ahead and make a reservation, otherwise it is first come first serve. That is, unless you know the trick to get in (less than five minutes wait) that the Innkeepers at the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast know.

So the next time you are on the prowl for some great grub, try Jacques-Imo’s Café, where the unexpected has never tasted better.

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Interested in Jacques-Imo’s or another NOLA hotspot? The Innkeepers of the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans would be happy to assist in personalizing your foodie tour of NOLA. Call today to make a reservation and begin your adventure!

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