Ever since New Orleans found the wormhole in the depths of its grandmother's armoire, it's been hopping by Orange County in hopes of turning it Cajun. Take a bite out of its base camp with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of delicious bayou-based cuisine at JACKshrimp, a long-standing dining establishment in Newport Beach.
Crack into a menu and teleport into a world of Cajun flavor with the Bourbon Street Boil (a half-pound of saucy, shell-on shrimp; $12), and some of the house specialty Jammin Jambalaya (andouille sausage, chicken, onion, and green peppers over herbed rice or vermicelli; $12 lunch, $17 dinner). For a meaty meal of meat, try the blackened prime rib, hand-carved Cajun-style with sautéed spinach, Roma tomato, and avocado ($22, or $26 with shrimp). To dial back the heat on your eats, opt for a Sweet Thing (gulf shrimp and boneless chicken breast in a basil-garlic white wine sauce with vermicelli and parmesan; $12 for lunch and $17 for a full size) or the barbecue pulled-pork sandwich ($10) and a side of red beans and rice ($3). Gluten-free menus are available on request, and crawfish make menu appearances at times deemed fitting by the tyrannical Mother Nature.
JACKshrimp's Pacific Coast Highway locale is extremely convenient for beach-goings and beach-comings, ocean-side afternoons, and weekend wining and dining. Drop into its crawfish-red building for a bayou vacation without the inconvenience and hassle of a 2,000-mile round trip atop an American alligator.
JACKshrimp transports Louisiana's distinctive spices and love of seafood to an upscale restaurant perched along the West Coast Highway. For more than 20 years, chefs have been blending crawfish and andouille sausage with al dente pasta or fresh greens. Black-iron grilled cheeseburgers also share menu space with healthy choices and non-spicy dishes that are perfect for the sensitive noses of pet bloodhounds. Along with colorful frescoes inspired by New Orleans, the restaurant boasts a weekend wine bar and an upper outdoor deck for private parties.
2400 W Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, California 92663Get Directions