Metairie >Food & Dining > R & O Restaurant
216 Metairie Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA | Directions 7000530.019923 -90.123892
What Happened? – My brother and I have been going to this place for years. It was always good. Their pizza sauce had a hint of pickle in it that made it unique and tasty. We went there tonight, and were given appalling food. The large pizza was the size of a medium for the same price. The server responded about it saying,"I don't know anything about that". The flavor of the pizza was awful too. I might as well have gone to Dominoes or Papa Johns. The food was small and nasty. I assume it has new owners, because stuff like this doesn't just happen for no reason. I am never going back again. What a waste of a good restaurant. Terrible, terrible, terrible.
Be prepared to make your own cocktail sauce! – Went there for lunch this past Friday for the first time since before Katrina. I took some friends from out of town and I was embarrassed by the overall experience. The food was ok . . except for the eggplant parmesan I had from the lunch menu (don't get it!). But I was absolutely appalled at what happened when one of my friends asked for seafood cocktail sauce for his fried oysters. The waitperson brought out a small container of horseradish and said "You'll have to add your own ketchup." I have never ever been to a restaurant where a patron had to sit there and make their own condiments! For the prices these people charge for their dishes, they could well afford to provide the cocktail sauce pre-made! I also found the $2.50 subsitution fee a little steep when substituting potato salad for french fries!
Go for the Gumbo! – While their pizza is certainly some of the best I've had ever (certainly the best in NO), their Gumbo is INSANE. With a blue crab at the bottom of every bowl, and the chunks of chicken and sausage, you can't go wrong. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Fantastic po-boys, mountains of fried seafood and no-frills Italian fare in loud, kid-friendly atmosphere. Pizzas sold in medium size only. – The Scene
Shellacked plywood tables, grade-school holiday decorations and "Hey, sugar" service add up to an informal, family-friendly standby for an overwhelmingly local crowd. The main dining room runs toward the noisy, especially on weekend nights, when multifamily groups gather for birthday celebrations or "parents' night out."
Despite its name, R&O's is a perfect budget-seafood spot with plenty of house favorites. Start off with an order of french fries doused in rich, chunky beef gravy or a tart, salty Italian salad. Whether deep-fried or boiled, the kitchen takes its seafood seriously, with plates that border on gargantuan. Crispy, overstuffed po-boys rank among the best in town, whether soaked in gravy (roast beef), red sauce (chicken Parmesan) or slathered with mayo, lettuce and tomato ("dressed" fried shrimp or oyster). Italian offerings are also consistently strong, with sweetish pasta plates and hearty, bready pizzas offering even more choices.
Great Food at a good price – The focus is often on the great po' boys at R&O's but I also highly recommend their thin crust pizza. I had always eaten the R&O Po' Bpy special but one day I decided on pizza and I have never regretted it since. Waitresses are usually nice and attentive. The only issue I have is it is a family favorite and when it is crowded with loud and crying children, it can get annoying. But if you crave a great pizza or roast beef po' boy, it is worth the suffering.
Wonderful New Orleans Food – R&O's is simply wonderful. Their roast beef is in my humble opinion, the best in town, with a thick dark gravy that reminds me of the roast beef at Mama Rosa's in the Quarter. (Is that still there?)
The Ham po-boy is similarly excellent with good, sharp swiss cheese and french bread that is just the right consistency between soft and hard. (You know what I mean - some french bread is brittle dry and crumbly while some is doughy and rubbery)
I don't eat the pizza here but my family does and the bits I've stolen from there are first rate as well.
Regret – They say nothing brings back a memory more vividly than scent, and I have R&O's to thank for the memories of my youth. Nothing brings back those days like the rich scent of their roast-beef poboys, which makes my mouth water in salty anticipation.
Those days when we would enjoy a piping-hot roast-beef poboy, whose dense, tender meat was brushed with a fine medley of Cajun spices, harkening our rich local heritage. Smothered in the most succulent gravy, it lay nestled in bread so soft, I thought it the stuff of clouds and dreams.
Alas, those days of yesteryear have receded into oblivion, but R&O'S stands proud: a Bucktown monument standing the test of time. Now I sit alone, watching children dip jumbo shrimp in cocktail sauce, giggling as roast-beef gravy puddles at their chin, hoping they take in every sensation, every scent: the memory and meaning of life.
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