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.

5957 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, LA  70072  Ph: 504-328-1234

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.

5957 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, LA  70072  Ph: 504-328-1234

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.

5957 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, LA  70072  Ph: 504-328-1234

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!

857 Terry Pkwy., Terrytown, LA  70056  Ph: 504-265-0234

Blaine 9-29-2018



Joe’s is back open with limited indoor dining.  I love the chicken fried steak here.  I always get it with the brown gravy, which is delicious!  The pancakes are good and a nice size.  And as always I grab some donuts to take home.  Love this place.

857 Terry Pkwy., Terrytown, LA  70056  Ph: 504-265-0234

Blaine 8-30-2020


     I only come to the Terry Pkwy. location now.  We’ve been here numerous times, but always for breakfast.  We always see things we’d like to try for dinner, so at breakfast here last Sunday, we vowed to come here tonight for dinner.  And we did! 

    We decided on:


The onion rings and eggrolls were DELICIOUS! I never had onion rings sliced this thin. And supercrisp. And the eggrolls tasted like they were filled with a really yummy crawfish etouffee. I’d definitely order both of these again.

Before trying one of their more exotic burgers, I wanted to try their plainest one. Just to see if they do a simple burger right. They do. It was pretty good. Loved their sweet sourdough bun.

The Fried Fish Jojo was also a hit. Three fried (or you can get grilled) fish fillets over pasta covered with a crawfish cream sauce.

Everything was so good you’d forget this was a donut shop! But we did grab some to take home for dessert. They also sell some of those little Italian cookies like the ones you find at Angelo Brocato’s. They come from a place called Saluto’s in Harvey, LA.

So don’t look at this place as just a donut shop. They make a great breakfast AND dinner!

857 Terry Pkwy., Terrytown, LA  70056  Ph: 504-265-0234

Blaine 11-13-2020

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