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Jeff’s Creole Grille

Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504-889-7992. Map.
Casual.
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Fish with crabmeat.

Fish with crabmeat.

ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
Compared with New Orleans proper, its wealthiest suburb Metairie has never come close to having the same wealth of cuisine that the city does. In only one category–Italian food–does Metairie excels.

But that appears to be changing. Neighborhood restaurants lately have been popping up all over the sprawling Metairie landscape. The style of these places is more involved than say, a poor boy or seafood shop, with extensive lists of everything from sandwiches through daily specials in the red beans category through some excellent, creative daily specials. Jeff’s is among the best examples of these new dining options.

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
Even though most of the menu is familiar, eating at Jeff’s is not like eating at, say, Mandina’s. The food–even the poor boys–comes out resembling more the offerings of an ambitious bistro than those of a corner joint. This is particularly true of the daily specials. The pricing seems to be designed to woo people away from the chains. And the food is better, too.

WHAT’S GOOD
The ingredients are of impressive quality, particularly in the seafood department and the specials. In the more everyday dishes, where raw materials matter less, the kitchen shows a thorough knowledge of how to make moderately-priced dishes taste great.

BACKSTORY
Ed McIntyre–who had opened five Mr. Ed’s neighborhood cafes around town and sold off a few of them, premiered what is now Jeff’s in 2008. He sold it a couple of years later, and after one more management change it arrived at its present state.

DINING ROOM
The main dining room has that classic well-worn look, but is clean and comfortable. Signs leading to the video poker take you to the bar, which is often busier than the dining room. A few tables are jammed into unlikely corners. The servers are neighborly and casual.

FULL ONLINE MENU

BEST DISHES
Starters
»Louisiana blue crab dip
Spinach and artichoke dip
»Fried eggplant
Crispy catfish
»Turtle soup
»Creole gumbo
Soup of the day
»Bleu cheese iceberg wedge
Club salad
»Cobb salad
Grilled chicken Caesar salad
Shrimp and avocado salad
Sandwiches
»Hamburgers (numerous options)
Roast beef poor boy or open-face
Fried shrimp, catfish or oyster po-boy
Meatball and mozzarella po-boy
Grilled chicken sandwich
BBQ beef sandwich
Club sandwich

Entrees
»Red or white beans and rice, with sausage or pork chop
Meatballs and spaghetti
Chicken parmesan
»Roasted half-chicken
Grilled or breaded pork chops
Pot roast, baked macaroni, vegetables
Ribeye steak
Crabmeat au gratin
»Fried oyster, catfish, shrimp, or combo platters
»Daily dinner specials

Desserts
»Bread pudding
Key lime pie
Praline cheesecake
Brownie with ice cream

FOR BEST RESULTS
The grilled seafood is the best part of the menu here, followed closely by the soups. Some of the more ambitious specials–mussels, for example–are much better than one expects.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
The steak night comes across as a bargain, but you’re better off going to the seafood side of the menu.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment
  • Consistency +1
  • Service+1
  • Value +2
  • Attitude +1
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness -1
  • Local Color -1

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Good for business meetings
  • Open Monday lunch and dinner
  • Open all afternoon
  • Unusually large servings
  • Quick, good meal
  • Easy, nearby parking
  • Reservations accepted

 

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  1. Sara on March 21, 2016

    Pompano, which I know is one of your favorite fish, is a frequent special. This is an under-appreciated restaurant in my book. Everything I’ve ever eaten there, regardless of who was running the place, has been consistently high in quality.

  2. Ell on November 15, 2017

    Is this restaurant opened? I called the telephone number on their website and a voice said this phone number is no longer in use.

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