One of my favorite plates of food in New Orleans: the soft shell crab platter at Jack Dempsey’s on Poland Avenue in the Bywater.

Jack Dempsey's Restaurant

Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant

Yes, the bread is lousy plain old white toast, but the synergy of flavors that happens when you combine perfectly fried soft shell crabs with creamy macaroni and cheese is nearly impossible to beat.

Jack Dempsey’s is a culinary treasure trove and is the quintessential New Orleans neighborhood restaurant. This is where Bywater locals go to eat when we want low key chow, carefully prepared and served by a passel of little old lady waitresses who never run out of “honey lambs” and “sugar dumplings” as they make their rounds.

Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant
738 Poland Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 9:00 pm

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