The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Dig into crafty culinary magic with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Cajun-inspired fare and drinks at Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Café.
Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Café serves up satisfying Cajun-inspired eats in a stirring setting with nightly live tunes. Indulge adventurous appetites with an order of fried alligator bites ($10.99) or a half-pound of Zatarain's boiled peel-and-eat shrimp ($9.99) as delightful as a scratch-and-sniff sticker of Walter Matthau's face. The Louis Armstrong burger improvises a stomach-thrilling medley of andouille sausage and swiss cheese ($8.99), and the blackened catfish serves as catnip for seafaring tongues ($8.99 for lunch; $13.99 for dinner). Noontime noshers can dive fork-first into Satchmo's salmon swimming in crab beurre blanc sauce ($10.99 for lunch; $18.99 for dinner), or let currents of flavor flow through fork tines anchored in tabasco-glazed pork chops ($9.99 for lunch; $14.99 for dinner). Both dishes arrive with your choice of one side at lunch and two at dinner, such as garlic mashed potatoes, dirty rice, or freshly laundered grains.
Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Café
Although it isn't located on New Orleans' Bourbon Street, the vibrant spirit of the Crescent City still thrives at Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Café. Nowhere is that more evident than in its cuisine, which is filled with Cajun and creole flavors. Start meals with a serving of spicy gumbo, then savor the eatery's crawﬁsh étouffée, which features a rich, dark roux teeming with crayfish, green peppers, onion, and celery with dirty rice. Finish things off with light and airy beignets topped with powdered sugar. And that's just a taste of the classic New Orleans cuisine available. The restaurant also offers oysters baton rouge, shrimp creole, and the city's iconic sandwich: the po' boy.
The Po' Boy's Past
Many accounts credit brothers and café owners Bennie and Clovis Martin with inventing the po' boy and giving it its distinctive name. In 1929, when as many as 1,100 New Orleans streetcar conductors and motormen went on strike, the Martin brothers showed their support for the striking tradesmen by handing out free sandwiches made from scraps of roast beef, dollops of gravy, and french bread. Every time a cash-strapped worker visited the restaurant, staff members would signal the kitchen by calling out, "Here comes another poor boy!"
True to its name, Jazmo'z offers several options for outdoor dining. At the Oklahoma City location, a balcony and patio tables shaded by umbrellas overlook the Bricktown Canal. Nightly performances from jazz and blues bands add to the ambiance of guests' alfresco meals.