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

Serio’s Po-Boys & Deli

CBD: 133 St Charles Ave. 504-523-2668. Map.
Very Casual
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WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
The transformation of the Central Business District into a neighborhood of hotels continues. This has improved the quality of the many small lunchrooms that dot the area. Serio’s–a maker of one-at-a-time, handmade sandwiches, has always been one of the good ones.

WHAT’S GOOD
Serio’s specializes in poor boys, made by ladies who look as if they’ve been at it for awhile. There’s the most comprehensive list of potential fillings you’re likely to find–liver cheese, anyone?–and all of them are of good quality. The bread and the dressings are fresh and crisp. A board of plate specials features all the standards.

BACKSTORY
Serio’s opened a few feet from where it is now in the 1950s, when the downtown area was bustling and multiple lines formed in the dining room every day at lunchtime. That scene continued for a long time, as the place evolved from a bright, utilitarian space into a darker, much less busy restaurant, always patronized primarily by locals.

DINING ROOM
The place is a total shrine to LSU sports. There are icons of that mania everywhere you look. The food comes from what looks like a cafeteria line in the rear. You place your order, pay for it, then wait to pick it up. You find a worn-out table in the worn-out room, unroll the paper wrapper from the sandwich, then go to town.

ESSENTIAL DISHES
»Ham poor boy
»Roast beef poor boy
»Fried seafood poor boys
»Muffuletta
Daily specials, especially red beans, baked chicken, and beef stew

FOR BEST RESULTS
Specify that you want the sandwich cut into two pieces. Open the sandwich and move all the meat, cheese, and dressings from the right half to the left half. Throw away the extra bread. You now have a modern poor boy, instead of the old-style, less meaty example Serio’s has made for six decades.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
This place is in a perfect location for a genuine poor boy shop (which it is) with a bright, inviting outlook (which it lacks). The business of the future here will be increasingly that of visitors, who may not get the LSU obsession and the other quirks from the past. The place needs renovation.

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

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Good for business meetings
  • Open Monday lunch
  • Quick, good meal

ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
Most inexpensive luncheries in the Central Business District are and always been terrible. This is one of the exceptions. Serio’s specializes in poor boys, made by ladies who look as if they’ve been at it for awhile. There’s the most comprehensive list of potential fillings you’re likely to find–liver cheese, anyone?–and all of them are first-class. The bread and the dressings are fresh and crisp. A board of plate specials features all the standards.


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  1. Mac on April 7, 2017

    I recall going to Serio’s back in the 1960s and always ordering the BBQ roast beef po boy. It was not like smoked BBQ, but was more like sliced roast beef with their unique twist on a BBQ sauce. Dont think it came with any dressing. Just BBQ beef and french bread. Yum! It was good. Ill have to go by there again sometime and see what’s good! Thanks for the review.

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