St. Paul >Food & Dining > Louisiana Cafe
613 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.946813 -93.125941
Neighborhoods: Summit - University
if you like snotty wait staff and bad food – go here. Have visited this place 5 times of the past 5 years and it is consistently the WORST place I have ever eaten.
Great breakfast - bring plenty of cash – I have gone to the LC for years. When I had lots of cash, I didn't think a think of the prices. But now I'm looking for a job and have to consider every dollar spent. $10 or $12 bucks for eggs, even a big breakfast, is too much. I think Louisiana Cafe should downsize the portions (just like TGIF Fridays) and downsize the cost accordingaly. I just won't go there again until I win the lottery.
That said, there isn't a better place for breakfast. The Cajun breakfast is terrific and I order it without mushrooms and peppers (I think if you have to eat fungi and disgusting peppers, it should be an add-on, not an undiscounted take off). I have a well to do relative to took me there recently and the Zydeco French toast was wonderful.
What, by the way, is this business of closing after lunch? I guess if your menu prices are lofty enough you don't have to work long.
Very busy, I know why! – I can in today (Memorial Day) and it was packed! Despite having to wait for a table because it was so packed my family and I had a great time. The hostess was very sweet and sat us as soon as she cleaned a table. As soon as we sat down our server was there with water. I could tell the servers were very busy (it looked like only 4 of them for the whole place) but that did not give our server a bad attitude. We have come here before and gotten poor service from a male server but I am glad we gave it a second chance. The food was great as usual.
Since when is Louisiana a suburb of yuk? – Firstly can we get someone actually from Louisiana to cook here?
People were displaced right? Can't we get some creole love up here in the tundra?
This place is about as Cajun as a stick of juicy fruit.
My crab cake Benny (which sounds great) looked like it was pooped out of a toaster. And the H sauce was like melted plastic.
This place sucked and I am never ever going back.
I still don't understand why it was so crowded.
If you do eat there eat before you go. Don't go hungry.
Great food, great staff, great neighborhood – I'm a fairly frequent patron of the Louisiana, and while I will often go for the Tex-Mex and take most of it home with me (the portions are *huge*) I sometimes scale back to the great bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and sourdough toast. The coffee is good, and service people are great. While the monster-sized signature dishes are a little spendy, they're pretty good if you realize you're getting at least two meals out of it. I've often done a split-plate on the cajun breakfast and still had left overs.
Rude Management and wait staff!!!! – I used to patron Louisiana Cafe often, but the quality of their food (which can be good at times) became soooooo outweighed by how rude the management and wait staff that I vowed never to go back. However, I received a gift card from a friend recently and did not want it to go to waste...in short, in the times that I have gone back (at least three) to use my gift card, their "gift card reader" has been down every time. Mind you that these have all been weekends, when they are at their busiest. Of course, when asking if there was any other way to use the card, again to the response of rude management and wait staff, I was given no further alternative. What made me finally write this review is that this time I called before going to LA, and surprise surprise, their "card reader isn't working". If you like a good breakfast regardless of the price or friendliness of the people who you tip, then this is the place for you. If you are sick of spending $25 on breakfast for two and getting treated like junk, then I suggest you find another local greasy spoon!
Good Breakfast Spot! – Louisiana cafe has excellent breakfasts just be sure to bring your appetite or ask for a container to bring some home. Service generally lacks promptness and I found it difficult to get a second cup of coffee (which is quite good). Substitutions, such as fruit instead of hashbrowns, are a dollar more so eating "healthier" is more expensive. If I wanted Oatmeal I'ld stay home.
Excellent off street parking!
How many second chances should I give this place? – I have been eating at the Louisiana Cafe since it was a tiny 10 table place further down Selby by Fleur de Lis-- it's been nearly twelve years. The food has always been really good: plentiful portions, spicy for those nursing a hangover, and kid-friendly, too. But it isn't that little cafe anymore and I feel it. The past few times I have eaten there with my family, our food took FOREVER (not a large group) and there were no apologies on behalf of the staff. As a veteran of the service industry, I feel there is NO EXCUSE for servers treating guests rudely or for managers not taking guest comments to heart. As another reviewer mentioned, there's a lot of competition out there and plenty of other choices within a mile. Check it out for yourself-- the food is good, but I'm not sure I'm giving this Cafe one more second chance myself.
A neighborhood breakfast spot, even if you're not from the neighborhood. – In Short
This is the place for morning people--where kids crawl in the booths, Selby-Dale neighbors meet and construction workers fuel up for the day. Groaning breakfast platters are enough to overwhelm even the heartiest eater, and even a half-order may yield leftovers. But you won't mind reheating the spicy Cajun platter with andouille sausage or the zippy Tex-Mex platter. French toast and pancakes are for those with milder palates.
best breakfast ever – I've eaten many a breakfast here and have had something different every time. it's all great. I highly recommend the crab cake benedict - eggs benedict with crab cakes instead of sausage patties. very very tasty and filling. great, prompt service and you definitely get your money's worth. my favorite breakfast spot.
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