Joe’s Café, Marrero, LA Report #34

Looking at this place you’d think it was your typical donut shop but it’s a lot more.  This is the Lapalco location.  It’s open 24 hours and the full menu is available 24 hours a day.  I came here years ago just for their peanut butter and jelly donut and wanted that today.  I was horrified to find out they don’t make it anymore!  Why would you stop making such a wonderful thing?

The menu is extensive but I decided on the Sunday special. Country Fried Steak with homemade gravy.  I like my gravy like my women.  White and chunky.  It didn’t disappoint.  The chicken fried steak was delicious!  Seasoned really well, crispy, tender and juicy.  The biscuits are also fantastic.  They grill them to make them extra special.  The fried pork chop breakfast was also delicious.  A lady at a table near us had the crawfish and corn soup and she said it was delicious.  The wait staff is very friendly but the service was really slow.  It took about 20 minutes for our order to come out, and the lady that ordered the soup waited even longer!  I seriously doubt they make crawfish and corn soup to order, but I guess it’s possible.

When I saw they had beignets on the menu I had to try them.  After tasting one I looked up the definition of a beignet.  “1. a fritter.  2. a square of fried dough eaten hot and sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar”.  Ok.  By definition #2 these are beignets.  But if you, like me, consider Café du Monde as the standard of what beignets are, these aren’t beignets.  They were more like a cross between a biscuit and a cake, deep fried and powdered sugared.  Don’t get me wrong, they were pretty good, but if you were expecting traditional New Orleans beignets you’d be disappointed.

I like this place and I’d recommend it.  I plan to go back in the future to try more than just their breakfast menu.

Blaine 9-17-2017


For the Mardi Gras season they have these praline pecan king cakes. Yummy. Taste like a cinnamon roll with plenty of pecans on top and delicious praline icing. If you want one do what I did and call a day in advance to reserve one. They go fast.

Blaine 2-2-2018

Back to Joe’s for breakfast. I’ve got to get back here for lunch soon and try that Waffle Burger. Sounds good! But today I decided on the chicken fried steak with brown gravy. You have a choice of white or brown gravy here. The brown gravy was delicious! As was the entire breakfast. To top it off they had got, glazed donuts for dessert. Great place.

Blaine 7-29-2018


I found this location in Terrytown and like it a lot better! It’s more of a sit down restaurant than a donut shop with a few tables. A LOT more dining space, and they still have the peanut butter and jelly donut on the menu!

Blaine 9-29-2018


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