I like to go out to eat. I always have. I look for an interesting location, a unique take on a dish or the menu. I have gone to some places for a chef. Those are the most rare of restaurants I like to visit.
there was a time when I was married to another chef and we both watched Anthony Bourdain when he hosted No Reservations. One of those was his trip to New Orleans. My dad happened to be in New Orleans for work and since I was living in Austin, Texas at the time, I dragged the then hubby to The Big Easy for a road trip/ visit with my Dad. My dad is always game for good food and we have a long standing mutual understanding of visits wherever we might be if near enough for a visit. I mentioned this episode of NR and this Jaques-Imo’s. He was game and set up a reservation for the three of us.
The truck with a table was in front of the place. You walk in and you see the bar, red walls and so much art. It is glorious in how busy/noisy it was, but a happy vibe. The hostess took us on a roundabout tour of the establishment to get to our table and with different dining areas with eclectic lights, colors and happy folks throughout. We even did a pass through the kitchen with all the delicious sights and smells.
I am not sure of more than what I ordered, and images of what my dad did, but this is it to the best of my recollection. I know I had the paneed duck with sweet potato shrimp sauce. I probably had the mashed sweet potato and the shoestring fries. But first it was the house salad. A small spinach salad with a (I am guessing) plum vinaigrette and topped with a fried oyster. That was a perfect salad. My entree was sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy.. I have copied the sauce but the duck has proven harder to match. That is ok for I must go back.
My dad loves salmon and he ordered this salmon special. It was layers of a creamy spinach, black beans, grilled salmon, some sort of sauce and something crisp like the shoestring fries on top or maybe onions. He declared it one of the best meals he had ever had. We did have dessert and it was delicious of that I am sure. I do not recall what the ex ordered. Maybe a sign of the future. I was just glad to be seeing my dad after a year since our last visit. This was also the year or two before two of my cousins would move to my part of Texas. A year or less before Katrina.
With the time that has passed, my recent stroke and my father’s memory losses due to age I felt I needed to write about some of these great places I have been. This one is a treasured memory. Time spent on the drive to and fro, relaxing and chatting with my dad, him giving us a tour or New Orleans proper and the Garden District. I had only been there twice before; once as a child the other 3 years before on the way home to Austin from Pittsburgh.
I hope I never forget the colors, the smells, the folks and the music. A memorable place.
This is one place I recommend.. Jaques-Imos .
The Menu has been found.