Initially unsure of its value, Thomas Jefferson came to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase after Lewis and Clark returned with tales of its gumbo lagoons and vast tracts of cornbread. Taste Louisiana’s most precious natural resources with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cajun fare at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen's Sparks location.
Jazz shoves diners into the middle of Bourbon Street with a vibrant Louisiana atmosphere and a stewpot's worth of Cajun fare. From the menu springs an onslaught of tasties such as the beer-battered shrimp, which soak in a delicious ale before being breaded, tossed clawfirst into steaming oil, and served next to Cajun coleslaw and hush puppies ($6.99 lunch; $8.99–$11.99 dinner). Crawfish and andouille sausage litter the noodled landscape of fettuccine pasta ($9.99 lunch; $10.99–$15.99 dinner), waiting to be cleaned up with splashes of sweet tea or fruit punch ($2.75 each). Jazz shelters homeless mollusks with the bready hospitality of an oyster poboy ($7.49/lunch, $8.99/dinner), and the spicy Voodoo chicken sandwich reminds diners of ancient times when witch-chefs risked their lives to shrink giant chickens down to more edible sizes ($7.49 lunch; $8.99 dinner).
Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen
“Laissez les bon temps rouler” is a favorite saying at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen; translated from French, it means, “let the good times roll.” With a blend of Cajun cuisine, cold drinks, and live music, the restaurant recreates the rollicking atmosphere of New Orleans' French Quarter. In the kitchen, chefs orchestrate multiple Gulf Coast flavors in classic louisiana catfish po' boys and blackened-shrimp platters, or let simple, properly prepared oysters and broiled crayfish stand on their own. Servers, meanwhile, draw frothy mugs of beer or mix specialty cocktails and frozen daiquiris. The lively atmosphere attracts local jazz musicians for open mics and accomplished players for special sets or scat-sung renditions of the menu.