Eat & Drink

Crabby Jack's

428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA 70121

Restaurant Review

Why It's Essential

A convincingly funky, utilitarian neighborhood eats shop, Crabby Jack's is different enough to stand out in a city full of such places. The duck poor boy alone is reason enough to have lunch here.


Crabby Jack is Jack Leonardi, the owner of the Cajun cult favorite Jacques-Imo's on Oak Street. This minimal restaurant took over a previous poor boy shop in 2002, and quickly became almost as great a phenom as Jacques-Imo's.

Dining Room

Nothing fancy: fluorescent lights, a counter, a glass-front refrigerator, a small window through which the kitchen passes the food. There's not enough space to eat comfortably here, and others want your table. Most of the customers get take-out.

For Best Results

Tell them to take it easy on the gravy on the sandwiches. Avoid the early lunch hour. The restaurant stays open almost, but not quite, until dinner, closing at five.

Bonus Information

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Hipness 1
Local Color 1
Service 0
Value 1
Wine 0