Rocky and Carlo’s

Cafeteria | Cajun/Creole | Italian
Worth driving from anywhere!

You don’t hear much about Rocky and Carlo’s outside of southern Louisiana, but locals know it as a culinary gem. Located out in St. Bernard Parish, it is a spacious eating hall that opened in 1965 and has since survived hurricanes, floods, and a devastating fire in 2012. The food is an expression of the brilliant trinity of south Louisiana cooking: Italian, Cajun, and Dixie. Walk along the cafeteria line and select from a hot-lunch menu that includes pork chops with greens, braciola, veal parm, stuffed peppers, muffalettas, fried shrimp or oysters, and gorgeous baked chicken.

Rocky and Carlo’s seafood gumbo, loaded with shrimp, crab, and crawfish and thickened with okra, just may be the best in or out of New Orleans. The blackboard menu also lists wop salad, the locals’ politically incorrect term for garlicky iceberg lettuce with green olives, and many customers come for the excellent roast beef po boys. Heaps of wispy, deep-fried onions adorn almost every table.

No matter what you eat at Rocky and Carlo’s, the single dish that you likely will remember best is the inconspicuous menu listing, “macaroni.” There is none better. Very different from typical mac ‘n’ cheese made with elbow noodles, this mountain of baked pasta is built from substantial percatelli tubes that come plastered with orange cheese – tender gobs from the from the heart, chewy strips from the top, and crisp webbed bark from the casserole’s edge. It is fine as it is, but some people get it topped with sweet red marinara sauce or glistening mahogany brown gravy, each of which adds unique character.

What to Eat
Rocky and Carlo’s, Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
Rocky and Carlo's macaroni and cheese is a fine monomaniacal meal all alone or a good companion for anything else on the menu.
Rocky and Carlo’s, Po Boy
Po Boy
Roast beef, sopped with gravy
Rocky and Carlo’s, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
A single order of onion rings is probably enough for four people, especially if you are eating anything else.
Rocky and Carlo’s, Seafood Gumbo
Seafood Gumbo
One small cup of gumbo contains a meal's worth of shrimp and crawfish, okra, rice and spice.
Rocky and Carlo’s, Italian Salad
Italian Salad
Rocky and Carlo's Italian salad is a south Louisiana classic.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Tuesday11 am - 8 pm
Wednesday11 am - 8 pm
Thursday11 am - 8 pm
Friday11 am - 8 pm
Saturday11 am - 8 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 9 MILES | 48 min

Of all the great sandwich cities in America, New Orleans is at or near the top. Home of the muffaletta, the po boy, and the oyster loaf, it is heaven on earth for those of us whose definition of happiness includes a crisp crust, fluffy crumb, plenty of gravy, Creole mustard and/or mayonnaise. This sandwich-eating…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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