3 Fleur
Average check per person $5-$15
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Arabi Food Store

Arabi: 650 Friscoville Ave. 504-277-2333. Map.
Very Casual.
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WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY

The name is misleading, but tells a familiar story. Many great sandwich shops around New Orleans began as neighborhood grocery stores with delis that produced sandwiches as a sideline. As supermarkets made it harder for corner groceries to survive, they evolved into inexpensive neighborhood eateries. The Arabi Food Store is a classic example of this, with excellent everyday sandwiches and a few platters.

WHAT’S GOOD
The place opens for a simple but good workingman’s breakfast. The joint starts jumping as the noon hour approaches, and the aromas of roast beef gravy and frying seafood fill the air. Those two specialties get the most attention, along with one of the most generous muffulettas around. A few daily platters from the red-beans catalog complete the menu. It’s all made in house and cooked to order.

BACKSTORY

The oldest part of St. Bernard Parish, Arabi is on the river just over the Orleans Parish line. Almost two hundred years ago, it became the logical frontier for the expansion of New Orleans. The Arabi Food Store is in the historic center of Arabi, in a building that’s around a century old. Its longtime owner Elliot Gaspard got into the neighborhood grocery business in 1953, moving from one to another until he bought the present store in 1973. He passed in 2004, with the next generation if his family still operating the store.

DINING ROOM
The restaurant is a block river side of St. Claude Avenue at the corner of Friscoville and Royal. It still looks like a corner grocery on the outside, but inside it’s a classic neighborhood cafe, the colorful plastic tablecloths defending the tables from roast beef gravy.

ONLINE MENU LOCATION

ESSENTIAL DISHES
Breakfast

Breakfast sandwiches (with eggs, meat, or both)

Steak & eggs, onions, secret sauce, cheese

Biscuits or burritos, butter, ham, bacon, sausage, cheese, and/or eggs

»Standard breakfast combos

Grilled or breaded pork chop & eggs

Buttermilk pancakes

»Omelettes to order

Chopped steak & egg omelette

Starters and sides

Cheese sticks

Baked macaroni

Potato salad

»Onion rings

French fries

Chili cheese fries

Sweet potato fries

Lettuce & tomato salad

Chef salad

Grilled or fried chicken or shrimp salad

Tuna or chicken salad, bed of lettuce

Lunch & early dinner daily specials

»MO–Red or white beans, rice, smoked or hot sausage, or grilled or breaded pork chop

»TU–Hamburger steak or chicken fried steak

WE–Lasagna

»TH–Shrimp-stuffed bell peppers, baked macaroni

FR–Shrimp, chicken or sausage Creole, rice

»Shrimp, chicken & sausage gumbo

Lunch & early dinner everyday entrees

»Fried chicken

Chicken strips

Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes

Hamburger steak, mashed potatoes

Chicken (grilled or breaded), mashed potatoes

Chicken cordon bleu (grilled or breaded)

Pork chop (grilled or breaded), macaroni

Meatball & spaghetti

Veal or chicken parmesan, pasta

»Fried shrimp and/or catfish, fries, potato salad

»Fried oysters dinner, fries, potato salad

»Fried shrimp, catfish & oysters, fries, potato salad

Crab cakes, fries, potato salad

Sandwiches

»»Roast beef poor boy

»Barbecue beef poor boy

Ham poor boy

»Meatball & red gravy poor boy

»Hot, smoked or Italian sausage poor boy

Pork chop (grilled or breaded) poor boy

Hot dog poor boy (or bun)

Chicken (grilled or breaded) poor boy

Chicken cordon bleu (grilled or breaded) poor boy

Veal cutlet poor boy

Philly cheese steak poor boy

Chicken fried steak poor boy

Kelly’s potato & gravy poor boy

Other sandwiches:

Tuna salad

Chicken salad,

Shrimp salad

Club

Turkey

Luncheon meat

Cotto salami

»Fried, shrimp, catfish or oysters

Crab cakes

»»Muffuletta

Seafood muffuletta (shrimp, catfish, oyster)

Hamburgers

»Hotsy burger

Wraps (with lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheddar, and ranch dressing)

New Orleans fried or grilled chicken wrap

Arabi club wrap (turkey & ham)

Louisiana fried or grilled shrimp wrap

Dessert
»Bread pudding

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