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disappointing Jacque-Imos

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disappointing Jacque-Imos

Hungry Celeste | Jul 3, 2002 10:06 AM

Finally went to Jacque-Imos last night and was terribly disappointed. Probably the worst $50 meal I've ever eaten in New Orleans. Entrees were mahi-mahi with pistachios, shrimp and asparagus and the stewed chicken.

The mahi: very pretty on the plate, a perfectly cooked piece of fish. Individually, the components were all tasty, but none seemed to have any effect on the other. It left me wondering who arrived at the particular combination of ingredients, and, more importantly, why?

Stewed chicken was passable for a $5 plate lunch at a greasy spoon. It was certainly an ample portion, unfortunately it was served lukewarm. Numerous bits of sinew and gristle marred the pile of deboned chicken. The dish's beautiful dark brown color must have come from kitchen bouquet or similar product, because it demonstrated no rich brown flavors.

Sides: greens, butterbeans, mashed sweet potatoes, and macquechoux. All were ho-hum, bland. The macquechoux was cooked to death and enriched with cream or some sort of dairy product (a needless embellishment in this season of fresh corn, unless you're using frozen).

Did I miss something? Y'all please help me out. I'm willing to give it another chance if you tell me of something worthwhile on the menu....I can think of at least 15 other places at the same pricing point that offer excellent food.

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