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Jacques-Imo's Cafe
Jacques-Imo's Cafe

Jacques-Imo's Cafe

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8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-0886
http://jacques-imos.com/
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Located in uptown New Orleans on a section of Oak Street, Jacques-Imo's embraces and interprets the New Orleans funky psyche in a way that is fetching to both tourists and locals alike.Not your ... Read more
typical New Orleans restaurant—Jacques-Imo's Cafe has become one of the hottest food tickets in town, known for its eclectic mix of Creole and Cajun specialties, at reasonable prices—its irrepressible owner/chef, Jacques Leonardi, who holds court each night dressed in a white chef's jacket, shorts and Birkenstock clogs.

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An absolute must for New Orleans food, and so near by! Also check out the sister hole-in-the-wall, Crabby Jack's.

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Burns, Kansas

One of the busiest and smallest cafes in town because the food is wonderful and plentiful! This is a neighborhood restaurant that is warm and friendly. The Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake is my favorite....on yeah....those corn muffins are pretty darn good too!

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Local from New Orleans, Louisiana

Funky atmosphere with great food. Very funny exterior signs. Famous for alligator cheesecake.

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Atyrau, Kazakhstan

I have been here many times. If there is a long wait go to the bar next door.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Some of the best food I've had while in New Orleans! Garlic snails and Alligator and Shrimp cheesecake were awfully tasty. Also has the juiciest fried chicken you'll come across.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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One of the more "local" joints with Cajun food in NOLA. Make a reservation, drink at the bar next door before or after, and try the "alligator cheesecake." ;)

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Amazing place! Only take reservations for parties of 5 or more. Arrive early or be prepared to wait-he drinks are awesome. Highly recommend the bloody mary! Everything is great. A few of my favorites-alligator cheesecake, boudin, fried green tomatoes, red fish, cabbage, shoe string onions, bread pudding. I can go on. It is worth the cab ride to try it out.

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Local from New Orleans, Louisiana

Located in walking distance of the Oulala House/Pool & Gardens, this super cool and popular restaurant is a favorite place for locals and visitors to dine. It has the best Creole food in the city and is so popular you have to wait in line if you do not have a reservation n advance. However, it is worth the wait as all of my guets like to go here and they think it was a great New Orleans experience.

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Local from New Orleans

Our favorite local restaurant in the city. Food's amazing! Best cornbread muffins I've ever had. Love the potato crusted drum. Owner's an old Coastie so great spot for any shipmates out there.

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Austin, Texas

This was the location of one of the best meals I have had in New Orleans. Worth the wait, and fun to sit outside. The food is exceptional, and the service was good even when we had a large group.

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Pasadena, California

Great food, atmosphere, casual dress. You will get a real taste of NOLA at this local eclectic eatery. One of my personal favorites.

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Despite what their logo advertises – “Warm Beer. Lousy Food. Poor Service.” – Jacques-Imo’s has to be one of my FAVORITE New Orleans-style restaurants. Located on the revitalized Oak Street in the Uptown district of the city, it serves really good, truly New Orleans foods; that’s everything from Red Beans ‘n Rice to daily Fish Specials. However, the Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake appetizer, while a tad rich, is one of the best things you’ll ever put in your mouth.

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Kenner, Louisiana

Grate food! Must try: alligator cheesecake and the deep fried roast beef sandwich. The bread pudding for dessert is decadent and definitely worth feeling like you're so full you're going to burst, at the end of a meal here.

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Belmont, California, USA

If authentic N'awlins comfort food is what you're looking for, then this is where you want to get it. Get the watermelon mojito, which is one of their signature drinks served in a plastic Crabby Jack cup so you can walk around outside with it if you needed to. Bits of watermelon (watch out for the seeds) and mint make it a challenge to drink through the straw, but it's oh so refreshing. A total creeper drink though - you'll down it like juice and feel the effects later. As for the food, the alligator cheesecake is a must. Don't question, just do it. Fried green tomatoes, snails and mussels are also excellent starters. While the menu is full of mouth watering choices, I went straight for the fried chicken plate. Because of course, how could I not have my favorite food in Louisiana?! And lordy, was that fried chicken the tastiest fried chicken I have ever had. I ordered dark meat, and it came with two drumsticks and two thighs. OMG, the meat was so juicy and the skin was perfectly crispy. I chose shoestring fries and rice and beans for my two sides, and I was in heaven. The plate was such a hearty portion (as were all of the entrees), it could feed at least two people. The place is so casual, it's like dining in someone's home. Even the servers were wearing their street clothes. Service was laid back but attentive. And they even surprised us with spinach salad with fried oysters and a duo of desserts - creme brulee and strawberry shortcake - all on the house! We were fortunate enough to be able to make reservations because we had a party of five (they only take reservations for groups of 5+), so we didn't have to endure any crazy wait whatsoever. We happened to sit next to the window where a couple was waiting outside the entire time we had our dinner. So be prepared to wait (and pad your belly before showing up) if you don't have reservations. Just grab some watermelon mojitos while you wait... it will be worth it!

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Calgary

This is the place to be! Gotta have the alligator cheesecake. Cool vibe and awesome food in a laid back neighborhood.

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San Francisco, California

Now THIS is the reason why I believe all those who rave about New Orleans food. Hype, shmype -- Jacques-Imo's delivers.

Our group of 13 came to Jacques-Imo's during one of the Mardi Gras nights and we were conveniently sat outside, where we could be as loud as we wanted, with a perfect street view of the Oak St. parade. It couldn't have been a more-perfect seating arrangement.

Approaching Level 2 of inebriation, I was craving alcohol more than food, but once the complimentary cornbread came out on the table, I was completely blown away. I know it's probably just the alcohol talking, but I remember it being the best cornbread I've ever had. I was raving about it after each bite, and even days later. I don't even really remember the act of eating it, but I just remember it being phenomenal. (Note to self: I should probably not be writing Gogobot reviews for restaurants that I visit while drunk at Mardi Gras).

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Alligator Cheesecake = I couldn't really taste the alligator, but it was definitely an interesting mix of flavors. A subtle sweetness engulfed in a savory cheesecake, this dish provided bite after bite of memorable flavor.

Jambalaya = A great rendition of Jambalaya that I wish packed a bit more spice.

Chicken Livers = Delicious chicken liver pieces that was perfectly cooked.

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The service here was excellent -- especially for such a large party, sitting outside, during the chaos of Mardi Gras. I even accidentally spilled my glass of Glenlivet and they replaced it free of charge.

In my cloudy memories of my Mardi Gras trip to New Orleans, I have to admit that I don't remember much. I mainly remember booze, boobs, and beads. Jacques-Imo's, however, was a memory that definitely stood out. Not as much as the boobs, though.

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Madison, Wisconsin

This place is simply put, amazing! I fully encourage anyone traveling to NoLa to go.

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Culver City, California

I heart this place. On our trip to Nola, this was our favorite dining experience--as well as for many others apparently. Foodwise, it had the best of what the region is know for, and in an eclectic, colorful, comfortable, soulful restaurant. Everything we ordered was deelish, but do plan on getting there early or waiting (with great drinks at the bar) cause it was packed.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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If you could take a bite out of New Orleans I'm sure it would taste something like the blackened red fish from Jaques-Imo's. Or maybe the Cajun bouillabaisse. Or possibly the shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake. I think you get the idea. But be prepared to wait, this place far off the tourist track is packed with locals looking to get a taste of Nawlins.

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Orlando

Two words: Alligator Cheesecake.
It is amazing to me that so many great restaurants call the Big Easy home. Jacques-Imo's is much more quirky and casual, yet just as crowded as its Uptown equivalents. The food is amazing and the service is outstanding. Worth getting out of the French Quarter.

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