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Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
738 Poland Ave., (504) 943-9914; www.jack- dempseys.net
The Jack Dempsey platter for two features gumbo, shrimp, catfish, crab balls, redfish, crawfish pies and two sides. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. $$

Jacmel Inn
903 E. Morris Ave., Hammond, (985) 542-0043;  www.jacmelinn.com
Crispy duck confit is served with boudin, slab bacon, sweet potatoes and cranberry glaze. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. $$

Jacques- Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St., (504) 861-0886; www.jacquesimos.com
Blackened redfish is served with crab chili hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$

Jaeger's Seafood & Oyster House
901 S. Clearview Parkway, Jefferson, (504) 818-2200; www.jaegersseafood.com
The King's platter includes snow crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp, jambalaya, boiled potatoes, corn, garlic bread and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. $$

Jamila's Cafe Tunisian and Mediterranean Bistro
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366; www.jamilascafe.com
Couscous Royal is served with lamb, merguez sausage, chicken and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. $$

Jan's Cajun Restaurant
4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, (504) 689-2748; www.facebook.com/janscajunrestaurant
Cajun-style shrimp and andouille gumbo has a dark roux and is served over rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. $$

Jayne
Troubadour Hotel, 1111 Gravier St., (504) 518-5800; www.jaynenola.com
A brown sugar and Crystal hot sauce-brined pork chop is served with a goat cheese and thyme grit cake, spicy collard greens and bourbon pork demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. $$$

Joey Jeanfreau's Grill
2324 Paris Road, Chalmette, (504) 279-6590; www.jeanfreausmeats.com
Hot sausage made with beef, pork and seasonings fills a po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Checks accepted. $

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com
An eggplant napoleon has layers of fried eggplant, fried shrimp and crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

Johnny Sanchez
930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6615; www.johnnysanchezrestaurant.com
A wood oven-grilled octopus tostada is topped with avocado, tomatoes, cucumber and chipotle-citrus vinaigrette and finished with crumbled chicharron, cilantro and serrano pepper. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

Johnny's Jamaican Grill
Roux Carre, 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 881-4993; www.johnnysjamaicangrill.com
The jerk chicken plate comes with steamed vegetables and peas and rice. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Fri.-Sat. $$

Johnny's Po-Boys
511 St. Louis St., (504) 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboy.com
The muffuletta includes ham, salami, mozzarella and olive salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

The Joint
701 Mazant St., (504) 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com
The two-meat combo includes choices of pulled pork, beef brisket, two ribs or a quarter chicken and comes with a side such as potato salad or baked beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

Josephine Estelle
Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com
Rigatoni pasta is served with eggplant, miso, mint and panna grata. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. $$$

Juan's Flying Burrito
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825; 2018 Magazine St., (504) 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-9950; 5538 Magazine St., (504) 897-4800; www.juansflyingburrito.com
Pork and slaw tacos are flour tortillas filled with shredded pork and spicy slaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Junction
3021 St. Claude Ave., (504) 272-0205; www.junctionnola.com
The bar (must be 21 years old to enter) offers a menu of burgers including the Central Vermont, which is a grass-fed beef patty topped with applewood-smoked bacon, white cheddar cheese, grilled apple and creamy maple sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. $

Jung's Golden Dragon
3009 Magazine St., (504) 891-8280; www.jungsgoldendragonii.com
A Sichuan-style boiled fish fillet is served with peppers and Chinese cabbage in a soup. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$



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