Take a Trip to Oak St

Colorful painting of Jack, the owner of Jacques Imo's

Oak St is one of the major draws to the Carrollton Ave area as it has many restaurants and shops that contribute to the city’s vibrant culture, particularly the stretch from Carrollton Ave toward the lake. Here are some of our favorite spots for you to try.

At the corner of Carollton and Oak is a popular coffeehouse, Rue de la Course, where you can find tasty breakfast, brunch and sandwich offerings in addition to a great coffee selection.

Just down the street you’ll find up-and-coming Chiba Nola, already one of the best sushi restaurants in the city, whose menu includes specialty rolls like Satsuma Strawberry Roll, Mardi Gras Roll and Let the Good Times Roll. The restaurant has a great happy hour called the “Funk and Roll” happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays that features cheap drinks, rolls, appetizers, steamed buns and desserts.

Just across the street, Truburger has become a new favorite among burger lovers with their slew of special burgers. Try The Heat with sriracha mayo, jalapenos and pepperjack cheese, Red Neck Special with beef patty, sausage patty, American cheese, fried egg and pickled pepper mayo or the Deep South with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce and onion. They also serve hot dogs, sides, sandwiches, finger food and shakes.

Squeal Bar-B-Q has quickly risen in the ranks of delicious local BBQ with their infusion of Southern style cooking, Mexican and BBQ favorites. Enjoy starters like Smoked Pork Cakes, Black-Eyed Pea Egg Rolls, Squeal Nachos and Jalapeno Corn Hush Puppies. They have a selection of tacos that include BBQ Pork, BBQ Brisket and Jerk Chicken and sandwiches like classic Pulled Pork and Beef Brisket. Their entrees menu features St. Louis Ribs, Hickory Smoked Meats, Pork Grillades over Grits and the Squeal Pie, which is layers of pulled pork, corn maque choux, Andouille mashed potatoes and topped with cheddar cheese.

The Maple Leaf is a long-standing bar and music venue that hosts some of the best funk, jazz, soul and blues bands in the city. The venue’s regular line-up includes the popular Tuesday night with Rebirth Brass Band, Joe Krown Trio on Sundays, The Trio with Johnny Vidacovich on Thursdays and a revolving line-up on Fridays and Saturdays.

Perhaps the most popular restaurant on Oak St is Jacques Imo’s. Opened in 1996, the restaurant has become a go-to for both locals and visitors, and the reservation book generally fills up weeks in advance, ensuring that you will wait to land a table. Often patrons put in their names for a table and walk down to the Maple Leaf for a drink while they wait. Their menu includes classic Southern cooking with appetizers like Fried Grits, Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake and Fried Green Tomatoes and entrees like Smothered Chicken, Stuffed Pork Chop, Shrimp Creole and Carpet Bagger Steak with oysters, caramelized onions, blue cheese and tasso hollandaise. They also have an enormous specials menu you have to see to believe.

Take a walk down Oak St, and see all that you can enjoy day or night!

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