2 Fleur
Average check per person $5-$15
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Corner Cafe

Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 3316 Green Acres Rd. 504-454-1008. Map.
Casual.
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WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
West of Transcontinental Drive in Metairie, dining opportunities become dramatically sparser. And the suburbs don’t have a lot of neighborhood-style cafes to begin with. This little restaurant is wedged into an old strip mall anchored by a convenience store. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and it’s only a little better inside. But from breakfast through an early-ending dinner, they cook everything in house and with greater expertise than you expect.

WHAT’S GOOD
Sandwiches and blue-plate specials form the nucleus of the menu. The poor boys are very well made, the roast beef being a particularly good example of the kitchen’s abilities. Fried seafood is hot and crisp. The handful of Italian dishes are marked by an elementary but tasty red sauce. They have a knack for frying eggplant here. They open early to serve a basic breakfast menu.

BACKSTORY
The restaurant opened in a former barbershop in the late 1990s. Although it’s surrounded by solid residential neighborhoods, the location has always drawn a lot of working people looking for an uncomplicated meal, and that remains true.

DINING ROOM
The big room with its small bar has the pleasant old-style environment that is suggested by the restaurant’s name. An O-gauge toy train runs around the entire dining room constantly. Most of the customers appear to be regulars, but the service staff is welcoming and friendly.

ESSENTIAL DISHES
Starters
»Onion rings
Fried cheese sticks, marinara sauce
»Fried eggplant, marinara sauce
»Stuffed artichoke
Cheese-stuffed jalapeno peppers Jalapeno hushpuppies
Fried crab stuffing balls
Hot wings
»Seafood gumbo
Chicken and sausage gumbo
Salads
Grilled chicken salad
Club salad
Fried chicken salad
Fried shrimp salad
Sandwiches
Club sandwich on toast
»Roast beef poor boy
»Chicken parmesan poor boy
Battered chicken poor boy
»Ham poor boy
»Meatball poor boy
»Hot or smoked sausage poor boy
Hamburger
Turkey breast poor boy
»Grand slam poor boy (ham, roast beef, swiss)
»Fried shrimp, oyster, or catfish poor boy
Entrees
»Fried shrimp, oyster, catfish, or combo platter
»Stuffed crab platter
»Stuffed shrimp platter
Popcorn shrimp
Fried chicken strips
Eggplant or chicken parmesan, pasta
Meatballs and spaghetti
»Daily specials
Desserts
»Bread pudding with rum sauce
Turtle cheesecake
Cheesecake

FOR BEST RESULTS
The poor boys are the best bets, but the daily specials are at least as good.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
The facade is in need of renovation, and the interior could be brighter.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment -1
  • Consistency +1
  • Service+1
  • Value +2
  • Attitude +2
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness -2
  • Local Color +1

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Good for business meetings
  • Open Sunday lunch
  • Open Monday lunch
  • Open all afternoon
  • Quick, good meal
  • Good for children
  • Easy, nearby parking
  • No reservations

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  1. Ell on July 2, 2016

    Decided to go back here after almost 30 years. The only thing that has changed is the length of the toy train running along the top of the walls. The caboose is gone. The stuffed shrimp were some of the best we’ve ever had and even though only 4 were on the plate, they were tremendous and the stuffing was excellent. Mainly crabmeat with just enough bread crumbs to hold it together. Next time we’ll order an appetizer and the stuffed shrimp plate for the two of us. The fried catfish plate came to the table smoking hot but fried to perfection. Just wish they hadn’t run out of potato salad, because they have one of the best in town.

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