Restaurant Review: Louisiana Joe’s

JULIA WOODS & ARIEL HARSINAY

Louisiana Joe’s Sandwich Shop is bringing a little bit of New Orleans to Oceanside. If you’re tired of going to Dunkin Donuts, Lia’s and 24 every day for lunch, consider grabbing lunch at  an exciting and convenient restaurant, only about 5 minutes away from the high school.

As you walk into Louisiana Joe’s, you are welcomed by a warm southern and rustic feeling that definitely captures the Louisiana vibe. The southern feeling is not just created by the atmosphere. The extensive menu has paninis, salads, po-boys, sandwiches and burgers all with authentic Louisiana flavor. With all of the giant chain restaurants in Oceanside, a restaurant like this is a refreshing change for the community.

The main chef at Louisiana Joe’s, Joe LaChavio, spent many years of his life cooking at high end restaurants such as B.K. Sweeney’s Uptown Grille and George Martin in Rockville Centre. However, this demanding lifestyle led to a desire to cook instead at a breakfast and lunch place. Louisiana Joe’s features an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch options. You can choose to get a meal as invigorating as a crawfish po-boy, jambalaya, or a blackened catfish wrap. However even if you decide to get a simple egg and cheese sandwich you will be stunned with bold flavors. Oceanside’s restaurant options seems to be confined to the roughly 2,000 pizzerias, so it was shocking to see a New Orleans style restaurant pop up in town.  Louisiana Joe’s has provided an exciting variety in the cuisines offered here. An added bonus is that the menu allows most people to find a meal under $10, making popping in for breakfast or lunch whenever you’re craving some cajun style cooking affordable.

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