2 Fleur
EntreePrice-9
BreakfastNo Breakfast SundayNo Breakfast MondayNo Breakfast TuesdayNo Breakfast WednesdayNo Breakfast ThursdayNo Breakfast FridayNo Breakfast Saturday
LunchNo Lunch SundayLunch MondayLunch TuesdayLunch WednesdayLunch ThursdayLunch FridayLunch Saturday
DinnerNo Dinner SundayDinner MondayDinner TuesdayDinner WednesdayDinner ThursdayDinner FridayDinner Saturday

Shortstop’s

Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 119 Transcontinental Dr. 504-885-4572. Map.
Very Casual
AE DS MC V
Website

ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
Poor boy shops are like are like makes of cars. A few are considered the very best, but most people buy the ones whose appeal is not only about taste but also style, value and convenience. And then there are the models that are so unusual that they engender either love or disdain. If you must have sliced roast beef on a sandwich, know that Shortstop’s beef is halfway to becoming part of the gravy, instead of the other way around. The flavor is hard not to like, though.

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
The oldest continuously-operating poor boy specialist in Metairie not only makes great sandwiches, but does so in a unique style. The roast beef is cooked so long that it falls apart from its own tenderness. It would not be exaggerating to call this a beef debris poor boy. In a time when many poor boys have passed the $10 mark, you can still get a regular-size roast beef here for six bucks.

WHAT’S GOOD
Despite the offbeat texture of the beef, here is the classic roast beef poor boy flavor. The sandwich is heavily loaded, but without so much gravy that it falls apart. All the cooking takes place in house. When the sandwiches are pulled together, the bread and dressings are good and fresh. The sandwich menu here goes far beyond what most places offer, including nearly extinct varieties like bologna, liver cheese, and salami. On Friday, they make a batch of seafood gumbo. And that’s about it.

BACKSTORY
The Short Stop opened in 1966 as a convenience store–hence the name. It made sandwiches of such goodness that it ditched the rest of the business and specialized in poor boys. It opened satellite locations in the past, but the original location is now the one and only.

DINING ROOM
The dining room, with its many windows, has the feel of a fast food restaurant of the 1970s.

FULL ONLINE MENU

BEST DISHES
Poor Boy Sandwiches
Roast beef
Barbecue roast beef
Hot sausage links
Italian sausage with red gravy
Hamburgers
Meatballs, red gravy
Fried catfish, shrimp or oysters
Grilled ham
Liver cheese (for fans only)
Chicken salad
Tuna salad

em>Other dishes and sides
Seafood gumbo (Friday only)

Desserts
Lemon meringue pie

FOR BEST RESULTS
Unless you are hugely hungry, a male in his teens or twenties, or are splitting a sandwich, the large poor boy will be too much.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
The seafood poor boys here are good, but don’t stand out the way the roast beef and ham poor boys do. It may be time to work in a few new or ethnic sandwiches, just to assure the future of the place.

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

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Open Monday lunch and dinner
  • Open all afternoon
  • Unusually large servings
  • Quick, good meal
  • Good for children
  • Easy, nearby parking

 

1 Readers Commented

Join discussion
  1. KEN MCALISTER SR on August 16, 2015

    I grew up around The Shortstop po-boy shop (I think it was called Russell’s Shortstop back then), anyway, the roast beef po-boy is among the best and the most undiscovered in town. The line is long at lunch time, but the staff is friendly and accommodating and the prices are extremely reasonable. I agree, the roast beef and ham are the stars here. We always try to stop there when we are in town…it’s still ‘da bomb’ after all these years.

HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY?