This place is located in a strip mall in Metairie, directly across the street from Riccobono’s Peppermill (Report #50). I like places that have a serve yourself soda, iced tea and coffee area. Never any waiting for a drink. You just have to get off your lazy butt and get it. Really big menu too. Which is sometimes a bad thing, and I think this is one of those cases.
With any hot plate you get a house salad. Nice little salad with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms. The blue cheese dressing it came with was obviously out of a bottle but that’s no big deal. I’d expect that in a place like this.
Next, for appetizers, we had a chicken quesadilla, fried pickles and seafood gumbo. The quesadilla was very good, served with a nice chunky salsa and sour cream.
The fried pickles were fried pickles. I still don’t understand why people make and eat this. I have no use for them, although my dining companions liked them. I tried one. It wasn’t too salty, like they can be.
As I said earlier, having too many things on the menu can be a detriment, and I think that was the case with the seafood gumbo. It tasted like it was out of a can. Terrible.
Next we had three different poboys. Fried shrimp, very good. The Mr. Roo’s Special, with ham, turkey and hot roast beef, smothered with brown gravy. Also very good. Hot sausage, not so good. The patties were overcooked and dry. The French bread was nice and fresh on all the sandwiches and they were dressed nicely. We also had a side of potato salad, which I didn’t care for at all. It had a sweet taste to it, like they put sugar in it. Yuck. The French fries were crisp and delicious.
We also ordered the white beans with smoked sausage. They came out cold. We sent them back to get warmed up. We would have just been better off sending them back period. First, they were more like bean soup instead of beans. Next, I’m not sure what they were seasoned with, but three of us tried them trying to put our finger on it and couldn’t. And we’re pretty experienced eaters. Pigs in other words. One of my dining companions said it tasted like they overloaded it with celery powder. I thought it had a weird taste like they added a bunch of crab boil. Either way, we didn’t even eat them.
I wanted bread pudding for dessert but they were out of it. One of my dining companions tried the pecan pie and she said it was very good. I don’t care for pecan pie.
There you have it. Can’t say I really recommend the place but I did enjoy a couple of dishes.
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, LA 70002 Ph: 504-885-4010