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Poor Boy Lloyds was our choice for lunch on Monday afternoon. We had asked about local Cajun restaurants and Lloyds was recommended. Although Lloyds serves Po-Boys and Red Beans & Rice, Corn Bread, etc... it is anything but a Cajun restaurant. I and a friend had ordered the fried fish, while another ordered red beans & rice w/ sausage. The fried fish was decent, but absolutely ordinary. It wasn't bad, just not really good either. It wasn't spicy or really flavorful or remarkable in any way. I could have gotten the same fried fish or better at any local cafeteria. The local refinery serves a better fried fish to employees in their on-site cafeteria. Lloyds gets a C- for effort. I should have gotten the clue when they advertised "fried fish" and it never said exactly what the fish was. Was it catfish? Well then, say so. The red beans & rice and sausage were just OK. The guy who ordered that grew up in Jennings and Church Point and is from a multi-generational Cajun family. He wasn't impressed, but said it was good. I'd say that if you're a Cajun restaurant and your red beans & rice w/ sausage are just "good", it's time to re-think things. I saw po-boys being brought to other tables. I'm glad I didn't order one because they didn't look anything at all like I'd expect to get in my favorite haunts in New Orleans. Prices at Lloyds are reasonable and you can eat a good lunch for around $10-$11, which isn't too bad. Don't get me wrong, the lunch meals are good, just not great or outstanding in any way. They had a few unique menu items, but I wasn't impressed. Parking for Lloyds is $5.00. Try any surrounding lot, it's still $5.00, so just choose one and park as close as possible. I won't be going back to Lloyds because there's no need to. It's OK, but I don't go to restaurants for "OK". If the food isn't beyond average cafeteria fare, then why not eat at the cafeteria and save $4.00 + gas & parking fee. Lloyds can be so much better if they just tried a bit harder. Not everything has to be served with French Fries. Try offering fried Okra instead, or maybe a nice cajun slaw. Flavor your food, not just spicy but rather make it stand out. Actually re-fill drinks for your customers. They never re-filled a single thing for anyone that I saw, tea or soft drinks. Lloyds is in a great position for tourist business. Maybe having a bit of zydeco music playing, with maybe a speaker playing outside the front door would help attract people. Not everything Cajun has to be fried or come from a large pot of beans. I would like to see some grilled foods, maybe some wood smoked boudin... some imagination being used.
As a former secret shopper who spent several years doing numerous shops at Voodoo BBQs around Baton Rouge... Go to Jay's. The voodoo food, after a while, well, they quite literally couldn't pay me to eat there anymore. If you want BBQ, meat, or any sort of meat-based product, go to Jay's. If you want to have a few drinks and watch sportsball, go to Voodoo. Other than the bar & bar prices, Jay's is just better. They also make the best burger & fries I've had in Baton Rouge but BBQ is the main game. Nice folks who run it. Mostly family or long time employees. There is a drive-thru with nearly full menu available but I'd suggest calling ahead if you want something like their full bbq'd turkey for holidays. Old-fashioned feeling with Marx Bros. posters decorating the wall and an old wooden candy rack with lifesavers, gum and a few chocolate bars by the door, like growing up in the 60s and 70s. DOWNSIDES: The men's bathroom is definitely also from the 60s and 70s, only I'm not sure if that's 19 or 18 in front of it. There is a small older TV that is reliably showing the LSU games. Also, the place is closed on Sundays. Knowing that might even be an upside depending on your personal views. Do not confuse this Jay's BBQ with the Jay's BBQ on government Street--I think it's different owners but the quality is *definitely* far worse. Note--Haven't been to the Gvt Street location in a couple years so maaaaaybe it's changed?
I've been going to Piccadilly Cafateria since I was a small child. My best friend's mother worked at a bank downtown and during the summer, about once a month she would take us both to work with her and give us money to eat at the Piccadilly for lunch and then money for a movie at the old Paramount downtown. I loved eating there; the food was like my Mom's food. When my children were small their Dad and I along with several other couples from church, would go to Piccadilly after church on Sunday's. They do that now with their children. When my son who is in the Army comes homes, it is one of the places he wants to go to eat so a trip to Piccadilly is like a trip down memory lane for me. I hope they can manage to stay open. I will surely remind all of my friends not to forget about one of the best memories we formed as children.