Home Cooking Bliss:
When in New Orleans, the neighborhood restaurant does not necessarily come to mind as you look for a place to eat. On Magazine Street, when you are between shopping destinations, Joey K's offers homestyle meals in a comfortable atmosphere.
The onion rings and boudin balls head my list of favorite appetizers, but the seafood gumbo is difficult to pass up. There are seven pasta dishes and several kinds of entree salads. However, an all-you-can-eat catfish platter reveals some of the best fried catfish in town, and you will have little room for leafy greens. Trout, oyster, and shrimp platters are also available, along with sandwiches of every kind. Of course, this is New Orleans where creamy red beans and rice are on the daily menu.
Of all the specialities, my pick is the Trout Tchoupitoulas, a trout filet lightly floured and pan fried, topped with shrimp, lump crabmeat and served with vegetables. A close second is Shrimp Magazine, in which butterflied shrimp are sautéed in olive oil, garlic, artichoke hearts, ham and green onions and served over spaghetti.
Blackboard Specials and Breakfast:
Outside Joey K's is a blackboard sign advertising daily specials. I confess a weakness for white beans with a pork chop (one of Monday's treats) and the pepper stuffed with meat and shrimp(Wednesday). Saturdays offer a barbecue plate special that really is special. If you are out early enough, Joey's offers breakfast On Saturdays from 8:00-11:30 a.m.
Dessert and Drinks:
O.K., the only dessert I have had here is Miss Cathy's Brownie Pie, and while I don't need anything else, some guests have truly enjoyed homemade apple cobbler with ice cream, of course. you can get a Margarita or a draft beer in a frozen 18 ounce mug
Joey K's is at 3001 Magazine Street, near Washington Avenue. The number is (504) 891-0997. The restaurant is open from 11:00-10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m.-10p.m. on Saturday.