Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:47
WHY IT'S NOTEWORTHY
It's a super-neighborhood restaurant, drawing customers from all over town with a menu bigger than is usually found in places that look like this. All the essential dishes of casual New Orleans eating are here, from beans and jambalaya to seafood platters and daily specials.
WHY IT'S GOOD
It's a classic New Orleans casual menu, almost to the point of cliche. But they take all of it seriously and cook it well. The daily specials are particularly good, enough so that many of the customers know exactly which day to be there for what. Portions are almost grossly oversize, and if that's not enough, they have an all-you-can-eat catfish deal that runs every day.
Clay Farnet opened Joey K's in 1992, a time when neighborhood restaurants were in steep decline around town. In its early years the restaurant was self-consciously nostalgic, serving famous dishes that not many people ate in restaurants anymore. When neighborhood joints had a resurgence, particularly after Katrina, Joey K's seemed a perfect example of the genre--especially after exposing the antique decor under what had become a shabby outer skin.
A big room with big windows on two sides (this is literally a corner cafe), with some nooks and crannies here and there for added space. The place looks (and is) much older than the current restaurant. Although it looks like the kind of place where the main clientele would be cab drivers and cops, in fact you see the entire assortment of Orleanians here, including a surprisingly large number of Uptown ladies and businesspeople. The wait stuff is fun.
Fried artichoke hearts.
Fried crab claws.
»Seafood poor boys.
»Roast beef poor boy.
»Shrimp Magazine (artichoke hearts, ham, green onions on pasta).
»Trout Tchoupitoulas (fried, with crab and shrimp).
»Fried seafood platters.
Fried catfish (all you can eat).
»White or red beans and pork chop (Monday special).
»Stewed chicken (Tuesday special).
»Boiled brisket and cabbage (Wednesday special).
Creole jambalaya (Friday special).
FOR BEST RESULTS
Order light. They serve too much food here. Don't wear your best clothes. It's usually hard to get a table in the peak of lunchtime.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Some of the specials swap quantity for careful cooking. The fried seafood is crisp and hot, but the coatings all taste the same.
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
- Value +2
- Attitude +1
- Wine and Bar
- Local Color +2
- Sidewalk tables
- Medium private room
- Open Monday lunch and dinner
- Open all afternoon
- Unusually large servings
- Quick, good meal
- Good for children
- Easy, nearby parking
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