Eat & Drink

Common Grounds

335 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053, USA 70053

Restaurant Review

Why It's Essential

Although the main function of Common Grounds is to provide a quick lunch for people appearing at the Jefferson Parish Courthouse, the best meal through its history has been breakfast. That's when the regulars show up. They return late in the afternoon for a light supper if they missed lunch, and perhaps a drink. It also serves as a meeting place or a last over coffee, which is pretty good here.


Common Grounds opened in 1997, with a chef who had done pretty well at Petra in Metairie striking out on his own. It was primarily a coffeeshop with light lunches then, but over the years a succession of owner pushed the standards up a step.

Dining Room

It's a converted residence in the oldest part of Gretna, decorated in a contemporary style. The tables are crowded in there, but it's not uncomfortable. The service staff is friendly enough, but when an overflow comes it when the courts recess, the place can be overwhelmed.

For Best Results

Breakfast is always good here. Lunch is better the later you show up.

Bonus Information

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