If you’ve ever driven down Tchoupitoulas Street Uptown, you’ve probably noticed Dick & Jenny’s. The building faces Tchoupitoulas St., but you enter on the side on Jena St., which proved to be a challenge for me. When you walk down the side you’ll see a door in the middle of the building, with an arrow on it pointing to another door further down saying, “Entrance”. I went to that one and it was locked. I didn’t see anyone inside. I pulled the place up on my iPhone and it said they opened at 5:00 PM. It was 6:00 PM. I called them. A lady answered the phone and I asked if they were open. She said, “Yes”. I said, “Well, I’m standing outside and I’m locked out”. She said, Well, we’ll get someone over to get you in”! A couple seconds later a guy opened the middle door with the arrow on it saying come in at the other door. I told him the first time in my life I follow directions it doesn’t work for me! I was wondering if the food was so good they purposely try to keep people out?
Well, the food was good but I don’t think they need to lock people out to keep it to themselves. Very elegant looking place, with the white tablecloths and all. But then I ordered a glass of water and they served it to me in a Mason jar. When they serve you drinks in a mason jar you know they aren’t messing around when it comes to the food.
The menu is only one page. I love that. Give me a place with a short menu that does those few things really well, instead of a place with a six page menu that does everything just mediocre.
I started off with seafood gumbo. If you like a dark roux, which I do, you’ll love it. Also, I know a lot of people don’t care for oysters in seafood gumbo. This one was full of them. More oysters than shrimp in fact. Very good.
Next, I tried the boudin balls. They were served on top of what looked like house made pickles, with a dab of creole mustard on top. I never thought pickles would go with boudin, but they go great together. Another very good dish.
For my entrée I had the crab cake. Served on top of some kind of sweet, citrusy sauce and a Balsamic reduction, with lump crabmeat on top. Nothing but delicious. And don’t think one crab cake won’t fill you up. This one will. It’s huge.
Great place. I highly recommend it.