As soon as I drop off my things at the hotel, I always ask the hotel staff where the locals eat. As I approached Poor Boy Lloyd’s, it looked old, and it has been my experience that that is a good sign. As I entered, the decor reminded me of a dining room that had seen many family dinners over the course of several decades; meaning, cozy, haphazard, and charming. The ladies that greeted me were warm and seeing that I was new, walked me through the menu, specials, and the ordering process. I chose the Shrimp Po Boy and went to find a seat. As I searched, I noticed an old man sitting in front of a large front window in an area that can only be described as a miniature convenience store. A rack next to him had candy galore, and a register, which told me he only takes cash. If there is a Lloyd, I have a feeling this is him.
As for the food; I don’t know what the standard is for Po Boy’s, but this was a good sandwich, though I found the bread to be too firm and crispy, but I’ve always been partial to soft bread. But, the breaded and fried shrimp were falling out of the sandwich there were so many, and the cajun style fries were the perfect accompaniment.
After I ate, I was given a ticket and told to pay up front. Of course! ‘Lloyd!’ I was so pleased with my meal that even with FOX News blaring I maintained my happy mood. I paid in cash, ‘Lloyd’ gave me a mint, and wished me well.
Hubert Neal Jr
Poor Boy Lloyd’s Seafood Restaurant
201 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801