Jaques-Imo's Cafe (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

One of the first restaurants I found myself in with my mum here in New Orleans was Jaques-Imo's - which was recommended to us by a couple of locals during our first week here.  We wanted to try some real Cajun style food, and so we found ourselves in this very local, popular restaurant.  There was quite a wait (45 minutes if I remember correctly), and when we were finally seated, we walked past a pungent kitchen and were seated in a dimly lit room with walls painted as if we were in floating in the bayou.  I wouldn't quite go so much to say it was romantic, but it was nice and homey.

First they started us with some cornbread, which was delicious, but I was weary of how much butter they must've used.  They then gave us both spinach salads with a single fried oyster.  While the presentation was lacking, the food tasted good.  What really drew to me to come to Jaques-Imo's was actually their Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake (9.0).  It took some convincing for my mom to agree to share this with me - and I understand why - but it ended up being a pretty impressive savory "cheesecake."  It was Cajun, it was flavorful, and it was satisfying (and rather filling).  We also got the Blackened Redfish (27.95), which was local, flavorful, and tender and perfectly paired with crab chili hollandaise.  Other than it being on the pricy side, I would recommend this dish.  For the complimentary sides we got the Red Beans and Rice (of course!) and the Corn Macque Choux, both of which were just ok.

The service was friendly and the ambience appropriate, and in my opinion a good restaurant to dine at as a visitor.  If it weren't for the difficulty parking, the wait, and the slight expensiveness of this restaurant, I wouldn't be opposed to returning.  After all, the sign outside reads "Warm Beer, Lousy Food, Poor Service."

I apologize for the photos - the restaurant is super dark!  But to get an idea of the food...
Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake
Blackened Redfish

Price: 25-45/person | $$-$$$
Rating: 3.5/5
Tip: Only open for dinner! 5pm-10/11pm Mon-Sat

Jacques Imo's (Website)
8324 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
#: (504) 861-0886
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