Formerly at 4501 Eve St, New Orleans.
As of a few months ago, J’anita’s is not longer open or operating. This makes me a sad panda, and I feel sorry for your tastebuds if you never had the chance to eat there. So why am I writing a post on them? Because despite being closed, the meal was just too great not to share, even posthumously.
J’anita’s started life on Magazine St, then moved to The Avenue Pub and later ended up at their final home within The Rendon Inn. Owner Craig Giesecke has been long involved in the NOLA food scene, having previously operated a smoked cheese operation and a BBQ business.
The Rendon Inn is a great neighbourhood bar, established in 1933. You can still pop by for one of the local beers they have on tap, even if J’anita’s isn’t there anymore. It’s right next to The Hangar, a live music venue usually featuring metal bands. Funnily enough, on the night I was at Rendon, Kirk Windstein was sitting up at the bar waiting to play a Crowbar gig next door (NOLA metal nerds will get that reference).
It should come as no surprise to anyone anywhere that I ordered the J’anita burger, with American cheese and pickles. And frankly after a 9 hour drive earlier in the day from Austin, it was everything I had hoped it would be. Naturally, it was accompanied first by a High Life, and then by a bottle of Abita (when in Rome and all that).
The reason I really wanted to write this post was all thanks to Olivia’s order. She got smart. She lucked out. She ordered what we later found out was J’anita’s signature sandwich: the St Chuck Duck.
Served with a corn and black bean salsa, you KNOW it’s good just by looking at the picture. And I haven’t even told you what’s inside yet…
Grilled sourdough with a currant tapenade, cheddar and bleu cheeses, cabernet sauteed duck, grilled onions, granny smith apples and a balsamic reduction.
And all in a cruddy (in a good way), unassuming neighbourhood pub. #MINDBLOWN!
There was supposed to be a happy ending to this post, where I tell you that the sandwich has resurrected itself at a place called The Blind Pelican, but then I received the update from Craig that you can see in the comments below.
Watch this space – as soon as this beauty becomes available again I will let y’all know.