Dick & Jenny’s, New Orleans, LA Report #168

 

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.

4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA  70115

Blaine 1-6-2019

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