Stomach Pleasin' Po'Boys!

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Now, we would not be a true Louisiana kitchen without offering some tasty Po’boy sandwiches! Now, we have seven different Po’boy options, and they are all to die for! We are going to tell you a lil’ about each of them, while also giving you a small history lesson about the Po’boy! Sit down and get ready to learn—both about the history and what you will be ordering next time you visit your local Jazz Kitchen location!

Po’boy Past

Now, the Po’boy is simply just the name of a sandwich that originated in Louisiana, and it typically has seafood stuffed inside deliciously baked bread with a soft center and crunchy crust. Although people go back and forth on the story of its originated, but most people agree that it is from the term “poor boy”. The reasoning behind this is what gets contested, but all we know is that it is one gosh darn delicious sandwich!

Po’boys at Jazz

No matter which Po’boy you decide on, you get Cajun Slaw and Hushpuppies on the side—or you can always substitute sweet potato fries for $1.50! We have classic options, such as the shrimp, catfish, and oyster po’boy—but we also have some that are a little different and fun! No matter which Po’boy you choose, you’re going to be going home happy, full, and wanting to come back for more. All of our Po’boy options come in both lunch and dinner sizes!

Our shrimp po’boy has the most tender shrimp that has been tossed in our signature Cajun seasoned batter, and then you best believe we fry that bad boy until it’s golden brown! All this is on top of a delicious baguette!

Our Shrimp Po'boy!!

Our Shrimp Po'boy!!

Another classic, the catfish po’boy is very similar—a catfish fillet piled onto that fresh baguette. Seriously, it’s too good.

Switching gears a little, we have our chicken po’boy that has tender chicken breast that we (of course!) fry to a golden brown, and then place all that goodness onto a baguette.

Another seafood option is our calamari po’boy. The calamari is seasoned and breaded, placed on top of that fresh baguette, and then dressed with Sauce Piquant. Mmmm we absolutely love this!

Our crawfish po’boy featured crawfish tails that are tossed into that signature Cajun seasoned batter, fried golden brown, and then placed on top of that baguette.

An absolute classic, the oyster po’boy, has battered oysters ("ersters") with our seasoned corn flour—and of course, we gotta put it on a baguette!

Last, and certaintly not least, we have our andouille mamou po’boy. This bad boy is spicy! We have authentic andouille sausage (seriously, this is so spicy and so good), provolone cheese that is melted to perfection, and Sauce Piquant! It brings the heat!

Our Andouille Mamou Po'boy!!

Our Andouille Mamou Po'boy!!

Come join us for lunch or dinner (or both!!) to try a classic or not-so-classic Po’boy at Jazz! Good luck choosing only one, it’s harder than it looks!

 

Tailgatin’ with Jazz!

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Tailgating season is in full swing, ladies and gentlemen! But you know what your tailgate is missing?! Jazz To Geaux! With five different (and delicious) tailgating options, you are going to make everyone else who isn't eating like royalty very jealous! The best part about this, is we have done all the cooking for you—you just gotta come and pick up the aluminum pans before you head off to the game! These five different tailgating packages are listed below—what they include, and what they cost! Honestly, you don’t even need to be tailgating to get our delicious food To Geaux, we wouldn’t blame ya for just getting it for a regular ol’ Saturday or Sunday!

To Geaux!

As we stated earlier, we have five different tailgate options to choose from—Papa Vic, Voodoo, Bayou, Tour of New Orleans, and Geaux KC Packages! Keep on reading to learn more about all three!

Papa Vic Package

At $25 per person, you will not be going hungry at your upcoming tailgate—we mean it! This package gets you 2 pounds of crawfish, 2 new potatoes, a cornbread muffin, corn, and an andouille sausage link—all of this is per person! We know a good (and tasty) deal when we see one, and this is one of our favorites!

Voodoo Package

Like the Papa Vic Package, the Voodoo Package is $25 per person as well, but it features some different (but still delicious!!) items. In this package, you will get: 1 pound of crawfish, corn, an andouille sausage link, one-fourth (1/4) 31/40 shrimp, 2 new potatoes, and a cornbread muffin. This package offers a little more variety (with the addition of shrimp)! When it comes to the Papa Vic and Voodoo packages, both are delicious, so it is up to you to choose which package fits your tailgate!

Bayou Package

Our third tailgate package will only cost $18 per person! This package includes: one-half (1/2) pound of U-peel shrimp, 2 new potatoes, a cornbread muffin, corn, and an andouille sausage link. Again, all of this is per person! A deal of a lifetime, if you ask us! 

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Tour of New Orleans Package

Are you looking to feed roughly 12 to 15 people?! The Tour of New Orleans Package is the one to choose, and it only costs $100! In this package, you get: half a pan of jambalaya, half a pan of red beans and rice, half a pan of seafood gumbo, and cornbread muffins (one per person). Some of our favorite dishes from Jazz coming together to make your tailgate the best one yet!

Geaux KC Package

Our final package feeds 10 people and costs $90! This package will have: 10 Boudin links (smoked or jalapeño, cooked or uncooked—can be grilled by you!), half a pan of red beans and rice, and one cornbread muffin per person. A great and tasty option for your tailgate of 10!

Extras!

Have you found the perfect tailgate package for you, but you want to add a little something more to it?! Well, we can do that for ya! You can add: Boudin link ($5—smoked or jalapeño, cooked or uncooked), half a pan of red beans and rice ($30), half a pan of seafood gumbo ($50), half a pan of jambalaya ($50), Cajun Mary mix ($6), and/or Bon Ton spice ($4). If you need anything extra to kick up your tailgate, we have you covered!   

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If you need some help spicing up your tailgate, look no further! Contact your local Jazz location to get your order in for the upcoming weekend (please give us at least 72 hours to get your order ready!)—you will not be disappointed!

Best Spicy Pastas in Town!

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The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Creole and Cajun food might not be pasta… but we are here to change your mind on that! We have a whole section of our menu dedicated to Voodoo Pasta—pasta so good it will put a spell on ya! Within this little section of our menu, we have both spicy and not-so-spicy options we need you to try (check back for a blog on the not-so-spicy options in the future!!)—because they’re so good and we’re afraid you might pass them up because: 1) you have already found a dish you love, or 2) you don’t think about pasta when you join us for lunch or dinner!! Both of which are valid reasons, but today we are here to change ya mind—each pasta even comes in three different size options: half order, full order, and lunch size!

Today, we are going to speak to our spice-lovin’ audience! These pastas are filled with flavor and love you know from Jazz, but it’s kicked up with spice! Spice weenies beware!

Spice, Spice Baby!

Four of our pastas range on the spicier side—but the spice is a great kick of flavor that won’t hurt too bad (or, if it does hurt too bad, we promise it’s worth it)!

Spicy Seafood Options

Two of our spicy pastas have seafood in them—the Shrimp Czarina and Seafood Little Mamou. If you’re in the mood for spicy cream sauce and seafood, Shrimp Czarina is your go-to. Filled with deliciously plump shrimp, veggies, and that spicy cream sauce—you know you will be leavin’ Jazz happy and full!

If you can’t choose between red or white sauce—you gotta try our Seafood Little Mamou. It has both red and white (Alfredo) sauce—the flavors work so well together you will be confused as to why you have not ordered it before!

Shrimp Czarina

Shrimp Czarina

Spicy Chicken Options

Not everyone is a fan of seafood, and we get that! But everyone loves pasta—so you best believe we have some spicy options that have chicken—two to be exact. We have: Blackened Chicken Fettuccine and Cajun Caccitore! Both are great options, so it will probably be hard to choose.

The Blackened Chicken Fettuccine is the spicier version of the ‘normal’ or classic Chicken Fettucine! We even think it might be better than the classic (sorry, classic pasta) with the added spice and flavor profile!

And lastly we have our Cajun Caccitore that does not have a creamy white sauce—it has our super spicy Sauce Piquant! In the words of our menu, it really does get this chicken KICKIN’! We absolutely love it!

Try Our Spicy Pasta!!

Seriously, our spicy pasta dishes are not to be missed!  They’re so good, and we want to make sure they get the love they deserve! If you are more of a spice weenie (it’s okay, we understand), check out our other pasta options on our menu that don’t have the little pepper next to it, and check back for a blog that features the not-so-spicy but still amazingly delicious pasta options!

Amazing Appetizers at Jazz!

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So many times we feel as though people miss out on delicious options because they don’t think they can fit appetizers in—let us remind you, that you can do it if you put your mind to it! Or, if you can’t, you can always take it home with you! When you start with an appetizer, it allows your stomach to make more room for your meal… Well, we aren’t sure if that is true, but we love to make our trips to Jazz the trifecta (you know, getting an appetizer, dinner, and dessert)! Today, we are going to talk about three of our absolute favorite options from our Appetizer section from our menu!

Side Note: In a previous blog we spoke about making beignets an appetizer, too—so don’t miss out on that amazing opportunity, either! You can check that blog out here!

Jazzy Appetizers

We have 17 amazingly tasty appetizer options, and today we are only going to highlight three! Make sure you check out our full menu to see all the options! 

Voodoo Wings

Wings are a classic option for an appetizer, but ours are literally the best wings you will ever have. They are spicy and delicious, and you will not feel like you got skimped on the amount of chicken on each of the wings! It comes in two sizes—12 wings or 6 wings! Perfect for sharing… but we also will not judge if you eat them all yourself!

Mmmmmmm Voodoo Wings!

Mmmmmmm Voodoo Wings!

Cajun Calamari

Another classic appetizer option, but of course we have added our Jazz flair to it! Seasoned and breaded calamari that is fried to golden brown perfection. On the side, we add a delicious Sauce Piquant and Parmesan cheese—the three work together to create the appetizer of your dreams!

Tour of New Orleans

Alright, this actually might be the appetizer of your dreams instead of calamari. Why?! Oh, well because we add four different and delicious appetizers onto one plate. You heard that right—it’s like the best deal ever, a four for one deal! We have some Jambalaya, Beans & Rice, Gumbo, and Hushpuppies. Yeah, we cannot believe that we offer this too, because we would order this every time we came!

Appetizers seem to get the short end of the stick, so next time you stop in at a Jazz location—show the appetizers some love! We have seventeen different options for appetizers, so order more than one!! We love them all, and we know you will too!

The Beignet Breakdown

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In a previous blog, we broke down our menu for you by giving you the history and details of an important staple of the Cajun world—étoufée! Today, we are going to do something similar with one of our absolute favorite things in the whole world—dessert! And we ain’t talkin’ some lame dessert that only satisfies you because you crave sugar. We’re talking about the best dessert in the world (seriously, even Kim Kardashian West is all about them)! Today, we will tell you all about the magic that is beignets.

Beignet Background

Beignets are originally from France, but have made their way into the New Orleans Creole and Cajun scene. So, it only makes sense that we offer them at our Jazz locations! They are also frequently served as a breakfast option, and they most resemble a fritter or tiny doughnut covered in delicious powdered sugar. Traditionally, they are made right before you eat them—so they are hot, fresh, and of course delicious (especially when you get them from Jazz…)! Here at Jazz, we suggest you order beignets every time you come—with a side of café au lait (or simply put, coffee with hot milk). As you can see from the picture below, this dessert is not one to miss out on! 

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It makes complete sense that this tasty dessert is pronounced ben-YAY! Once you try them, you will understand the ‘hype’ that surrounds this dessert. We have heard so many customers come in and be excited to try our beignets for the first time— and not only are their expectations exceeded, they look forward to the next time they can come and eat with us! Next time you stop by, make sure to leave space for this delicious dessert—you will not be disappointed! Or, if you feel as though you might not be able to save space for dessert (honestly, it happens to the best of us—don’t worry!), you should try the beignets for an appetizer! We know, it might sound crazy, but it is a tried and true way to make sure that you aren’t too full to miss out on this delicious dessert-turned-appetizer! And at Jazz, we kick our beignets up by adding delicious Chantilly whipped cream sauce on the side (pictured above)—you do not want to miss out on this!!

Next time you visit your local Jazz location, make sure to either order your beignets as an appetizer, or get them for dessert! They are tried and true, and loved by everyone who has tasted them, and especially Jazz's beignets!

Daily Specials at Jazz!

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Did you know that all Jazz locations have an awesome daily special menu? For five out of the seven days of the week, we have different, delicious, and nicely priced specials! Now, these specials are dine in only, but once you see out different specials and pricing—you will want to stop in and get the deals! What could be better than the Jazz food you know and love and discounted prices?! Nothing! 

Delicious Dine In Deals

From Sunday to Thursday, we have deals that you will not want to miss! Love the different deals we have on each day? Feel free to stop in every day—who are we to judge?! We love our food, and at these prices— it is a great way to fill your tummy at a discounted price!

Southern Sundays

No better way to start off your week than at your local Jazz location with deals on Cajun Bloody Mary’s, étouffeé, and Creole dishes! On Sundays, a Cajun Bloody Mary will only cost you $3.50—what a deal! A deal so good, you can definitely get more than one! When it comes to étouffeé and the Creole dishes—whichever you choose, it will only be $10! This could be the perfect time to try something new! If you aren’t sure what étouffeé is— you can click here, to check out an earlier blog we wrote on understanding that scary word!

Mudbug Monday

Join us on Monday for more delicious deals! This time, we’re servin’ up Hot Broiled Crawfish—and when you order two pounds, you get $5 off! Along with this, our Hurricane drinks are $5! So, if you order two pounds of our crawfish (and get your $5 off…), your Hurricane drink (which is only $5!) is now sort of free! What a great and delicious deal that you will not find anywhere else!

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Half Off A La Mer Tuesdays

This deal sort of speaks for itself, but we’re still going to break it down for ya! Join us on Tuesdays for half off any Chicken A La Mer option! All you have to do is order a beverage of any kind to get this deal! And don’t worry—we’re here to help you out! We also have select bottles of wine that will be half off on Tuesdays! Half off dinner and a bottle of wine?! Sign us up!

Winged Wednesdays

One of our favorite days to help us get through the last half of the work week is Winged Wednesdays! Our Voodoo Wings are only 50 cents each! What goes well with wings?! Beer, of course! To help you wash down (and cool off!) we have Abita Beer for only $3.25! If you’re sick of cooking and need a deliciously cheap meal— stop on in and join us!

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Topless Thursdays

It’s not as raunchy as it sounds—or is it?! On Thursdays, we offer oysters on the half shell for only $1! Just like Winged Wednesday, we also offer beer specials on Thursdays—this time, its Boulevard Beers for $2.25! A delicious, and cheap(!), option for a Thursday night dinner!

No matter the case, joining Jazz is a good call—but it’s even better when you can get our flavorful dishes at discounted prices! Next time you join us, make sure to check out our daily specials to see what deal you can get!

 

Live Music at Kansas City, MO Jazz Location

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At Jazz we love to promote our delicious food and amazing times—let the good times roll, right?! Along with that, we also have different events throughout the year at our five different locations—events like amazing live music from great performers! Today, we will be highlighting the last couple performers we will have at our Kansas City, MO location! What could be better than eating our delicious food while listening to amazing jazz music? Nothing—we bring the New Orleans to you!

Music to Your Ears!

We have live music every single day at our Kansas City, MO location this September because we love to listen to jazz while we eat Jazz Kitchen food, of course! To make sure you come and visit us at the right time, check our calendar online to see who is playing, and at what time they will be playing at so that you can either hear the performance while you’re enjoying your meal, or chill at the bar and stay for the whole time! 

Coming up at our Kansas City, MO location, the end of September is going to be amazing! Filled with great artists, you might want to join us for dinner every night until the end of September—trust us, you don’t want to miss any of the upcoming performances! From now until the end of September we will have the following performers:

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Seriously, make sure to mark your calendars and join us for a fun filled time during the upcoming week and weekend! Delicious Jazz Kitchen food and jazz music—there really is not anything better than that!

Catering with Jazz Kitchen!

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Have you ever been at a party or gathering in the past, and while you’re eating the rather bland catered food that has been offered, and you realize that you miss the flavors and options Jazz Kitchens have to offer?! We’ve been there too—and it’s the worst! So, we are here to remind you that Jazz Kitchens has a whole catering service for any and all sized parties!

Our Catering Company

Bon Temps Catering, by Jazz, brings the heat to any sized party by delivering deliciously tasty food that you know and love from your local Jazz Kitchen! We will bring some extra soul to the party that you have planned as well, since we craft all of the food that you have asked for at your party with not only those flavors, but also with our love! We want your catering experience to make you feel like you’re inside your local Jazz Kitchen so that you don’t need to stress out over a thing!

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If you have an event coming up in the future, please reach out to us—we would love to be part of any of your gatherings! Seriously, whether it’s something as small and simple as an office party, or the most important day of your life (wedding!!), or even for Mardi Gras—we are here to bring our food to you! Honestly, what could be better than an on-site seafood broil at your event?! Nothing!

Not only will we bring the soul and flavor to your party, but we will also have the amazingly professional service that you are used to whenever you come into a Jazz location. We love to make you feel at home with our food, and we promise to do that wherever you plan your event! To inquire more about planning your event, simply click here so that you can tell us more about your event—when it is, where it is, and what you’re looking for when we cater your event and someone on our catering team will get back to you shortly. We cannot wait to be part of your next event!  

Dive into Our Menu—What is Étouffée?

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Our menu revolves around delicious flavors that are rooted in both Cajun and Creole histories, and sometimes it can be hard to decipher what things really mean if it is something new to you! Today, we are going to help you understand just what the heck étouffée is and what it means! Of course we always supply little breakdowns of what our menu is under each of our offerings, but we want to make sure we make sure you really know what it is before you pass up on it because you might not know how to pronounce the word!

Étouffée, A Breakdown

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On our menu we have shrimp, crawfish, and blackened chicken and mushroom étouffée available—but what does that really mean? On our last page of the menu, we have stated that it is a spicy, dark roux and stock sauce. And maybe that makes sense to you, but also that is a lot of cooking terminology that can get pretty confusing (even for us, promise)!

So we are going to break it down even more for you! As we stated earlier, étouffée is rooted deeply in Cajun and Creole cuisine. Most commonly it is a shellfish based dish (i.e. why we have both shrimp and crawfish options!), and it is then served over rice (specifically, dirty rice or jambalaya). To get the delicious flavors necessary, a technique called smothering is used. Smothering is common in Cajun and Creole cuisine—this technique involves just simply covering the pan of meat (or seafood) with liquid in the pan. It is like braising food on a stove-top. The dark roux is cooked for roughly 30 minutes to not only get the desired color, but the needed flavors! These flavors are nutty, and delicious (we may be biased, though)!

No matter which étouffée you choose next time you come in, we promise it will be delicious! Whether it is the shrimp, crawfish, or blackened chicken and mushroom, they are all served over our delicious and famous dirty rice, too! Since our flavors and menu are deeply rooted in Cajun and Creole cuisine, sometimes the names can get a little confusing! But remember, we are always here to help you choose a new and delicious dish!

What Makes Jazz Kitchens so Special?

Now in the past we have talked about our gluten free menu, our kids’ menu, the differences between creole and Cajun, and much more—but we have yet to talk about the most important part of our restaurant—you! Anyone and everyone who comes through out doors to join us for a meal is what makes us the restaurant you love to go to. Yes, at all our Jazz Kitchens locations we are proud of the delicious food and tasty drinks we have to offer to our customers, but we would be nowhere without all of our loyal customers! It is because of those who come and visit us on their best days and their worst days— the connections made at Jazz are the reasons we love what we do. And at the end of the day, all we want to do is put a smile on your face, or keep you smiling no matter what the circumstances are through our food and service!

Our Jazz Philosophy

At all five of our locations we do whatever is necessary to create an inviting environment for everyone—and it shows not only in our attention to detail in our food and drink, but in how we take care of everyone who walks through our door. Whether it is your first time at a Jazz location, or you have been so often you lost count—we want you to leave (after a delicious meal, of course) happier than you came. We know that we can do that with both the delicious flavors throughout our menu, while also having amazing customer service.

This service comes in many different forms at every Jazz location you visit—from our handcrafted and delicious food, to making sure we are able to help all of our customers no matter what they need. Do you have an answer about our menu? Are you maybe still confused about the difference between creole and Cajun? No worries—we will happily answer any question, and if we are not able to answer your questions, we will find someone else on the team that can.

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Similar to the roots we have in jazz music itself, we want to bring people together and let the good times roll with our delicious food and impeccable services—we really do it for you!

Online Ordering- at Your Local Jazz Kitchens!

Although we love when you come and visit us, we also know that it isn’t always a possibility to come in and dine—don’t worry because we have online ordering! Since we have our four different locations, each location has a specific ‘tab’ on our website to order online. At the end of this post, we have included links to our four locations so that it will take you there directly! So if you get hungry after reading about online ordering, you can easily order your favorites from this post! 

Lunch Menu

It makes sense to have online ordering for dinner—but we know that our flavors are too good to not have a delicious lunch menu! This menu is available through online ordering between the times of 11 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Included in this special lunch menu is our normal menu, but in lunch-sized portions. Many of the lunch options come with tasty sides built in, and to see exactly which sides are included with your meal, please check out our online menu located at the end of this post! We apologize that our lunch menu only goes until 3 PM, but we have our delicious ‘regular’ menu always available! (Note: our regular menu is just what we always have—so it’s still packed with delicious creole and Cajun flavors that you love)!

One of our favorite meals to take home and eat are any of our etoufees (found under “Sautéed F’Sure”) since it is prepared with both care and flavor! We have three different etoufee options: we have shrimp, crawfish, or blackened chicken and mushroom! All three are amazing, but crawfish is the original, and sometimes you just gotta stick with the original! Thankfully, this amazingly delicious dish is easily enjoyed in the comfort of your own home, along with all of our other options!

If You Can’t Dine with Us…

Even though we love seeing our customers in-person, we know that sometimes you want the comfort of your own home to enjoy our food— which is why we made ordering online so easy! If you can’t stop in soon, have no fear—your Jazz Kitchens favorites can still be enjoyed, even if that means on your couch in your pajamas! 

 

 

 

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Best Kids Menu in Town!

We talk a lot about how much love and flavor we put into our food—but what about the kids?! When you see kids menus at most restaurants, the kids seem to get the short end of the stick with bland options! We are a family friendly restaurant, and want everyone to feel at home when they come through our doors—that’s why we have a gluten free menu (check out our blog on it here), the regular menu, and our special kid’s menu! Since we felt like kids get the short end of the stick when it comes to flavor and options—which is why we have a fun and flavorful menu for those 11 and under!

The Basics

Not saying that these options aren’t fun and flavorful, but they are seen as ‘safer’ options that are targeted toward the younger audience. This includes our grilled chicken strips: this meal comes with two deliciously seasoned chicken tenders, perfectly cooked green beans, and hushpuppies you do not want to miss out on! Had to be a lil' different and make them grilled chicken strips to pump up the flavors! If we were under 11, we definitely would consider ordering these!

For our young friends that like their greens, we have a tasty Grilled Chicken Salad! This salad includes: cut up egg, some shredded cheese, delicious homemade croutons, and that flavorful grilled chicken. To top it off, you can choose any dressing you fancy! It’s a delicious and healthy option for kids!

You know we have to have a Cheeseburger available for those picky eaters (or those that love hamburgers… we understand completely). Not so surprisingly, this beef patty comes topped with a slice of American cheese and a side of fries! We like hamburgers, but we love our cheeseburgers!

Lastly, we have a pasta dish—Kids Pasta Fettuccine. This pasta is sautéed in butter, then dusted with parmesan cheese; a classic and delicious option for kids of all ages (well, up to 11…). For an added cost (only $2!!), we’ll make it Alfredo pasta! Either way, it's a great option!

Kicked Up Options

Again, not so surprisingly enough we have some kicked up options for our friends under 11! We want kids to have delicious options, but have the proper portion sizes for their growing bodies! We have three different seafood options that you can’t go wrong with!

First up we have Grilled Shrimp! These kids will be getting eight shrimp, on a skewer (tail on!), served with green beans and hushpuppies. Hmmm just typing this out makes us wish we were 11 or younger to get this meal!

Next up we have Kids Popcorn, which is beer battered popcorn shrimp. These are fried to perfection—seriously, a beautiful golden brown. For sides, there are some hushpuppies and green beans to compliment the fried-to-perfection shrimps.

Last up we have some Catfish Nuggets! Some people might fear catfish, or not want to try it because they have never had it but we promise that these nuggets are good! Similar to our popcorn shrimp, these nuggets are fried to perfection—and on the side we have some hushpuppies and green beans!

So, we are sorry that we can’t allow everyone to order off the Kids Menu, but our friends under 11 will be so happy to have so many delicious options to choose from! And of course, at all of our locations we will have fun and interactive kid menus to color on! As we said earlier, we pride ourselves on our flavors, and we will not let age stop the flavor! Next time you stop on in with someone 11 or under, try something new on our delicious kids menu!

The Great Debate— Cajun and Creole

The best part about our Jazz Kitchens locations are that we get the authentic flavors of Louisiana without having to travel there! At Jazz Kitchens, we offer both Creole and Cajun flavors—but what does that mean? How are these two flavor categories really different? Today, we are going to break down the difference between Creole and Cajun so that our customers can have a better understanding of our flavors through the history of what our flavors mean! We know you love our flavors, and now you'll know where our flavor comes from and why they taste so great!

Creole

The concept of Creole revolves around a group of people that were born to those that settled in the French colony of Louisiana, and it specifically this took place in good ol’ New Orleans. Throughout the years, the classification of Creole has been mapped onto many different bodies and started as a classification of people of French and Spanish backgrounds who lived in New Orleans.

From this history of what Creole means, the flavors of the food is very similar to the people—it is a blend of many different cultures, including: Spanish, African, German, Caribbean, Native American, and many, many more. Creole food, when compared to Cajun food, is thought to be more “high-end”. This reasoning stems from Creole people having easier access to fun, and exotic spices and other ingredients that increased the flavor of the food they prepared. A couple of classic Creole foods are: jambalaya, gumbo, and remoulade sauce.

Jambalaya 

Jambalaya 

Now, people love to fight over the idea that Creole food can only be found in New Orleans—and we all know this isn’t the case when it comes to Jazz Kitchens! We have been able to use the flavors that originated in New Orleans and bring them to our Kitchens!

Cajun

So now that we understand what Creole is—how is Cajun different? Like Creole, Cajun has a long-winded history that revolves around French colonists. This time it starts in Canada, and then these French colonists were powerfully removed from their homes in Canada, and then settled in Louisiana—specifically in the swampier regions. Now, you probably didn’t come here for a history lesson—but we promise, it is all important when thinking about the flavors that are on your plate!

From this upheaval, these colonists became amazingly resourceful and were about to take advantage of wherever they were—especially in the swampy areas of Louisiana. These colonists also did not have access to things we take for granted (i.e. refrigerators), so they made sure to use every part of the animal. Most Cajun food, then, revolves around meat, and especially sausage (i.e. boudin, Tasso, Andouille)! Along with this, the flavor (spice!!) is hugely important when it comes to Cajun food— but this can sometimes be misinterpreted as spicy—however, Cajun food is just flavorful and aromatic that sometimes packs a small punch! Much of Cajun food also includes onion, celery, and bell pepper—many refer to this as “The Holy Trinity of Cajun Cuisine” since it is used as a base for many Cajun dishes.

Andouille Sausage

Andouille Sausage

Creole vs. Cajun

We hope this small history lesson helps you better understand the flavors that you are eating, and how it is important to us to know the stories of these flavors in order to deliver the best Cajun and Creole dishes. Now, we don’t really see Creole and Cajun as a battle, rather that the two are able to work together and complement each other as you can see many of our dishes include flavors influenced by both Creole and Cajun backgrounds! 

 

Jazz Kitchens in Your Kitchen

Jazz Kitchens has five different locations (Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS; Columbia, MO; Lubbock, TX; and Omaha, NE), and although we are happy with our five different locations, we know that we are not able to reach all of the Creole lovin’ folks out there—so thankfully we have an online store to fix that! Whether you stopped by one of our locations and loved what you had, used to stop by one of our locations and have moved far away, or have a friend who would love our flavors—we are able to ship three different products to their homes! Listed below are the different products available, and a little breakdown of each of them.

Cajun Mary Mix

We like classic Bloody Mary’s, but we love Bloody Mary’s made with our signature Cajun mix (which is only $6!). You can never go wrong with spice, and we knew a that classic Bloody Mary just fell flat. Now that you can have this mix at your house, you are bound to be the best place for friends and family to gather for a Sunday brunch, or any other time you want one—we aren’t here to judge, we’re just here to supply a mix that is going to take your flavors up a notch.

Cajun Mary Mix

Cajun Mary Mix

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Voodoo Juice

Voodoo Juice

We put this juice on literally everything—we can’t get enough of it! And for only $3 a bottle, you can afford to put this on everything too! At our restaurant locations, we have it on all the tables—and now you can have it on your table at home! We love putting it on: eggs, chicken, and definitely any Cajun food you like to cook at home, but we recommend putting it on anything and everything.

Bon Ton Cajun Seasoning

This seasoning, for only $4, brings amazing heat and flavor to any meat—chicken, steak, shrimp, and all types of fish, to just name a few. We hate flavorless meat, and we know you don’t want to eat that or share that with friends and family. This seasoning will save you from flavorless meals forever! We use this seasoning in-house, and we want you to be able to have our flavors at your home, especially if you can’t stop by one of our five locations.

Finally you can have the flavors from our kitchen in your kitchen, and we know you will not be disappointed. These three options can always be found on our website store!

Menu Minus Gluten

Here at Jazz Kitchens we like to say “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” or simply put, “Let the Good Times Roll!” and we want to continue to live up to that. Letting the good times roll can be hard for someone that is gluten free. At all Jazz Kitchens we want the good times to roll no matter what for our customer’s. That is why we have an entire menu just for our gluten free friends! Below it will break down the menu, and some of our favorite options. Because no matter who you are, and what you eat, you are bound to let the good times roll at Jazz Kitchens.

GRILLED ENTRÉES

Not so surprising, these options are grilled! No matter what option you choose, you’re going to get a side of either mixed veggies or succotash (translation: corn and lima beans cooked together). One of our favorite dishes is the grilled chicken pontchatrain. This grilled chicken is amazing because it is doused in shrimp sautéed in tequila, lime and Alfredo sauce—honestly what more could you ask for? On a bed of rice? Sure, we have that too—no problem, and even your choice of vegetable.

SAUTÉED F’SURE

Again, this section speaks for itself—but the flavors and options are to die for. One of our favorites in the “Sautéed F’Sure” category is our Shrimp Creole. The shrimp are sautéed with tomatoes, peppers, onion, celery, and you guessed it—classic Cajun spices. You might need a drink with it to cool your mouth off—we have you covered when it comes to that to. We have: Pepsi products, iced tea, sweet tea, and coffee—or ask your server for more options!

VOODOO PASTA

Now this is where it gets tricky for our gluten-free friends at Jazz Kitchens—pasta is filled with gluten! All of our Voodoo Pasta dishes avoid this since they are made with brown rice noodles. We have eight different gluten free pastas, but our favorite has got to be the Shrimp Czarina. Beautifully plump shrimp and julienned veggies are sautéed in a zesty cream sauce. The cream sauce might be a little off putting—this dish is “hawt, hawt, hawt” as we like to say at Jazz Kitchens! You’ll probably need something to cool your mouth off!

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BLACKENED DISHES

Last, but certainly not least, is our blackened dishes section. No matter what you choose, you’re going to be getting some delicious dirty rice, new potatoes, and a choice of veggie! Out of our seven different options for blackened dishes, a good one to try out is the blackened tuna czarina. This dish contains an amazing piece of yellowfin tuna, seared to perfection, and then topped with our deliciously zesty czarina Alfredo sauce—this is one dish that is not to be missed!

Our goal at our five different locations is to offer the tastes, sights, and sounds of New Orleans cuisine without having to actually go there—and we want that for everyone! Because of this, we created an entire menu that is gluten free. We not only care about what we serve, we care about how we serve it—so please tell us if there are any other dietary issues (i.e. allergies, intolerances). We made sure that when we removed the gluten from these dishes we did not remove the love, fun, or flavor.

Check us out on social media to follow along and get an inside look at Jazz Kitchens! We are active on Facebook (account varies by location), Twitter (account varies by location), and Instagram! We hope to see you soon to let the good times roll!

 

What’s on the Menu at Jazz Kitchen

What’s on the Menu at Jazz Kitchen

Lese Les Bon Temps Roule! That’s not just the motto in New Orleans, it’s our motto too! One look at our menu and you can see we’ve captured true Cajun food and culture and brought it to Omaha, Kansas City, Columbia and Lubbock. That includes the unique speech patterns and particular phrases. We’ll teach you “How ta Tawk Rite” while feeding you the best Cajun food you can get and entertaining you with live music. Check out a few of our favorite menu items.

Krab Cakes A La Mer

Emphasis on the crab here. We fry them until they’re golden brown top them with shrimp and more crab in the form of crab parmesan cream sauce. It’s one of our most popular Jazzy Appetizers on the menu.

Jambalaya

This is a must on any Cajun menu. We make ours with andouille sausage, beef tenderloin and Tasso. Pile in some dirty rice and slow cook it all with a tomato cream sauce. Outside of N’Awlins, you’re not going to find Jambalaya like this anywhere but Jazz Kitchen.

Muffuletta

Straight from the Sicilians in New Orleans this sandwich combines great Italian meats with the Cajun Po’boy. Piles of turkey, ham, and Genoa salami are topped with Jack cheese and olive tapainade. Our Cajun coleslaw and Hushpuppies complete the meal in true New Orleans fashion.

Papa Vic’s Pasta

Do you know what the Trinity is? In Cajun cooking, it’s bell peppers, celery and onions. Added to our Chicken Alfredo with mushrooms, you’ve got a complete meal on just one plate. Clear your plate and make Papa Vic happy you ate your veggies.

Alligator Bites

Outside of Cajun country, you won’t find this delicacy, unless you come to any of Jazz Kitchen’s five locations. We serve ours with tartar sauce and Hazel dressing. It’s one of our signature dishes, so make sure to try some while you’re here.

When you come to Jazz Kitchen in Kansas City, Omaha, Lubbock or Columbia, make sure you bring your appetite. Our menu is chock full of amazing Cajun food you won’t find anywhere else outside of N’Awlins.

Jazz Greats: Miles Davis

Jazz Greats: Miles Davis

Born and raised in Illinois, Miles Davis is one of the most influential and best known jazz musicians of the 20th century. Although he enrolled at Juilliard, he left his studies to join Charlie Parker’s bepop quintet as a saxophonist. Soon after, he recorded the ground breaking album, “Birth of Cool” which was key to the development of cool jazz.

His nine-person group, the Miles Davis Nonet, featured an unusual instrumental line up with a French horn and tuba along with the more traditional jazz instruments. Their goal was to sound more like the human voice. They played carefully arranged works and emphasized a relaxed, melodic approach.

Soon after his efforts with the Nonet to bring about cool jazz, Davis struggled with heroin addiction, which he eventually beat. This lead to a period of moodiness and withdrawal. His iconic raspy, whisper tone wasn’t heard before this point. After an operation to remove polyps from his larynx, he was told not to speak while he recovered. Instead, he got into an argument and raised his voice, permanently damaging his vocal chords.

Amazingly, this new “prince of darkness” persona suited him well and his career exploded. He continued to struggle with drug addictions and missed several playing years as a result. When he came back to the world of jazz, he struggled to regain the proper mouth position for trumpet.

Much of his later work isn’t as well regarded as his earlier musical stylings. However, his career served to influence generations of jazz musicians and his music is still popular today. He was buried near his idol Duke Ellington.

Come hear recordings of Miles Davis and many other jazz greats at Jazz Kitchen. Our locations in Columbia, MO, Lubbock, TX, Kansas City, KS, Kansas City, MO and Omaha, NE have great jazz tunes on to enhance the fabulous Cajun food. Come join the party.

Jazz Greats: Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz Greats: Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie, born John Birks Gillespie, was maybe most well-known for his chipmunk cheeks and amazing trumpet skills. His trumpet playing was complex and his light-hearted personality made him a favorite band leader among his contemporaries.

His Jazz Roots

Dizzy was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, the youngest of nine children. His father was a local bandleader, giving all the children access to instruments at a young age. Dizzy himself began playing the piano at age four. Dizzy’s father died when Dizzy was just 10. He seemed to lose himself in music and taught himself both trombone and trumpet by age 12.

Early in his career, Dizzy Gillespie had the opportunity to play with Cab Calloway and other Jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Dorsey. Those early years opened doors for him. He joined the Earl Hines Band and then worked with Billy Eckstine.

The Father of Bebop

Working with the great jazz musicians early in his career, a new vocabulary of musical phrases was created. Bepop, now thought of as the first modern jazz style, was not popular at first. As an outgrowth of swing, it was first pushed aside. Accidents along the way also contributed to Dizzy’s playing and the growth of the distinct style. A traffic collision left him unable to hit the B-flat above the high C. At a party for his wife, the bell on his trumpet got bent upward. This became so iconic that he had a special instrument made with the bell tilted 45 degrees.

Afro-Cuban Music

Gillespie also worked with many Latin musicians at the time to combine their distinct salsa sound with Bebop and create Afro-Cuban jazz. The unique sound drew people to dance and party. It’s this feeling that we now capture with our food and ambiance at Jazz Kitchen.

The Legacy

Gillespie’s music is still popular to this day. He forever changed the sound of jazz. We’re proud to carry on the fun tradition he started at all five of our Jazz Kitchen locations.

Jazz Greats : Louis Armstrong

Jazz Greats : Louis Armstrong

Every music genre has the “greats.” The few musicians whose work will transcend time and become virtually synonymous with the genre itself. For jazz, one of the greats is Louis Armstrong. At Jazz Kitchen, we’d like to take a moment to recognize Louis, his mad skills on the trumpet and all he did to bring jazz music to the mainstream.

Multi-Talented

Louis Armstrong’s skills on the trumpet are quite well known, but his skills didn’t stop there. For more than 50 years his iconic gravelly voice brought jazz through its many evolutions. Some of his most memorable songs were ones he wrote himself. His charismatic stage presence opened jazz up across the color divide that existed at the time. He used this social acceptance to make a stand for desegregation and human rights.

Humble Beginnings

Contrary to popular myth, Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, not July 4, 1900. He was the grandson of slaves and born to a poor Louisiana family. At a young age, his parents abandoned him and his sister to the care of other relatives. At eleven, he dropped out of school and joined an all boys choir singing on the streets for money.

After being sent to the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs several times for delinquency, he joined their band and honed his coronet playing skills.

The Career

From such humble beginnings, Louis Armstrong, who’d later become known as Satchmo, took his playing and performing skills to the Mississippi River where he played on tour boats up and down the river. His musicianship matured and expanded during this time.

After getting married, Satchmo gave up the riverboat scene and began growing his career in clubs in Chicago and New York. Eventually, he and his fourth wife settled in Queens. He made scat famous and was the first jazz musician to appear on the cover of Time Magazine.

While we can’t bring you Louis himself, each of our five locations is proud to share the jazz stylings he made famous with you. Our live musicians put their own spin on it, but it all started with Satchmo. Please join us at Jazz Kitchen for great food and great music.

Eating at Jazz is More Than Good Food

Eating at Jazz is More Than Good Food

Jazz Kitchen is a restaurant. It goes without saying that means we’re about food. What’s different about Jazz from other restaurants is that we’re about more than food. We’re about music, people and celebrations. We take our role of providing food with love, care and joy seriously. It’s our passion and our calling. You can experience the Jazz Kitchen touch at any of our five locations: Columbia, MO; Lubbock, TX; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE.

Live Music

Many eateries offer live music once or twice a week. The Jazz difference is that it’s more frequent. And we don’t bring in inexperienced talent. We scour the local music scene in each of the five cities where we have restaurants and find the most popular R&B, blues and Jazz musicians. We bring them in to play for you as part of your dining experience.

People

Restaurants are about any number of people. You, our customer, comes first. But we know that in order to have happy customers, we have to have happy employees. We treat our front and back of restaurant staff with respect, compassion and dignity. We want them to join you in the celebratory feel that’s prominent in all our restaurants.

Celebrations

The celebrations aren’t confined to the walls of our restaurants. We cater your events too! The food we bring to your event adds to the joy and excitement. Every celebration needs great food and great atmosphere. Whether you celebrate in-house with us or have us bring the celebration to you with our catering services, you’re sure to have an excellent time and dine on amazing Cajun food.

When you’re in the mood for a good time, good food and good company, join us at Jazz Kitchen. We’ll treat you like family and send you home full, satisfied and pleasantly tired from the excitement.