2 Fleur
Average check per person $5-$15
BreakfastNo Breakfast SundayBreakfast MondayBreakfast TuesdayBreakfast WednesdayBreakfast ThursdayBreakfast FridayBreakfast Saturday
LunchNo Lunch SundayLunch MondayLunch TuesdayLunch WednesdayLunch ThursdayLunch FridayLunch Saturday
DinnerNo Dinner SundayNo Dinner MondayNo Dinner TuesdayNo Breakfast WednesdayNo Dinner ThursdayNo Dinner FridayNo Dinner Saturday

Mano’s Po-Boys

Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 6943 Saints Dr. 504-734-0922. Map.
Very Casual.
AE MC V

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
Mano’s is a neighborhood cafe and poor boy shop you won’t know about unless you know about it. It’s adjacent to Mike Miley Field and the busy nexus that is the intersection of Airline and David Drive, all of which brings in people looking for a fast, inexpensive lunch with more character than fast food. They do a heavy blue-collar business, so it’s impossible to leave here hungry. Mano’s opens for breakfast daily with a very basic menu.

WHAT’S GOOD
The menu follows a familiar formula. You find a long list of poor boy sandwiches, including one outstanding specialty: veal parmesan, crusty and moistened with red sauce and melted cheese. And every day brings a half-dozen or so daily specials. As in red beans on Monday… and you know the rest. The food here is, near as I can tell, cooked in house and reasonably good. Best in Metairie for this menu? No. Best in this part of Metairie? Probably.

BACKSTORY
Mano’s opened in 1992, right around the time when the New Orleans Saints moved their training facility nearby. Reports of Saints players eating here are too numerous to ignore.

DINING ROOM
The restaurant is located on Saints Drive at David Drive. The menu sports not one but three fleurs-de-lis. Can you guess the dominant decor theme?

ESSENTIAL DISHES
Poor boy sandwiches
Veal parmesan
Roast beef
Turkey breast
Veal cutlet
Smoked sausage
Hot sausage
Bacon, lettuce, and tomato
Hot dog with chili
Meatball
Club
Chicken salad
Tuna salad
Chicken tender
Ham and cheese
Country fried steak
BBQ beef
Hamburger
Cheeseburger
Grilled cheese
French fry
Shrimp
Oyster
Fish

FOR BEST RESULTS
Unless you’re doing heavy work, you will be able to make two meals out of any of the poor boys here, despite prices that might suggest small portions. Dishes like liver and onions and country-fried steak should be considered as elements of atmosphere rather than serious menu staples.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT

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

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Open Monday lunch
  • Unusually large servings
  • Quick, good meal
  • Easy, nearby parking

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  1. Steve on March 25, 2017

    Recently renovated, great food and service!

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