Eat & Drink

Brothers Cafe

1502 Lapalco Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058, USA 70058

Restaurant Review

Why It's Essential

The problem with the suburbs is that they don't have neighborhoods the way the city does. Nobody walks anywhere. So not many neighborhood restaurants get off the ground. This one did. It's been a popular eatery almost since the day Lapalco Boulevard was opened to traffic. It's been around long enough to have become legendary among West Bankers. The menu is pure New Orleans everyday eating: poor boy sandwiches, fried seafood platters, red beans on Monday, gumbo, bread pudding. And breakfast.


The place opened in 1975, but the Abadie brothers made it what it is when they bought it in 1980. Their menu includes a litany of all the great New Orleans neighborhood restaurants whose example the Abadies try to follow.

Dining Room

The somewhat run-down strip-mall-style exterior might dissuade first-timers, but the dining room is actually more pleasant than most restaurants like this.

For Best Results

For an additional three or four dollars, a poor boy comes with a small cup of gumbo and fries. The red or white beans can be had with fried catfish, a better combination than it sounds.

Bonus Information

Attitude 1
Environment 0
Hipness 0
Local Color 1
Service 0
Value 2
Wine 0