We didn't have a reservation for Friday evening and the "name" places were slammed with Jazz Fest attendees, so we went to Open Table for available tables. We found Jackson - New Orleans on Magazine and took a chance. It was OK, but that's the best we can say.
We opted for a table on the sidewalk out front -- good choice, but we were the only people out there. Three other sidewalk tables stayed unoccupied for the entire two-plus hours we were there. It seems almost everyone went to the patio/balcony on the upper floor. The crowd appeared to be mostly locals.
We started with a shared terrine of sun-dried tomatoes, basil pesto and mascarpone served with kalamata olives, italian peppers and crostini. Very good beginning. Individual starters were served quickly (before the terrine was finished) and were a good grilled caesar salad and Oysters Jackson, six decent oysters topped with shrimp and some kind of cheese, baked. Unfortunately, the cheese seemed to have been re-heated and was tough. Had I known how long it would be before our main courses would be served, I would have taken more time with the starters!
At LEAST an hour after we finished our starters, out main courses finally came out. Our server and the owner (or manager) came out at least four times to assure us we had not been overlooked and that our food would be out "shortly." On one occasion the owner (manager?) went into a long explanation of how slammed they were because of Jazz Fest and people calling and pushing back their reservations because they were running late. Funny -- I made our reservation on Open Table less than an hour and a half before our 8:30 time. At any rate, my braised short rib over risotto was good, not great. My wife's filet mignon, also served over risotto, was also OK.
By the time we finished our entrees we were not interested in dessert. Nor will we be interested in returning to this restaurant.
Jackson - New Orleans
1910 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130