On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Zuppardo’s Diner

“Now that Caroline quit, you’re the hottest cashier here”

I’m at Zuppardo’s Supermarket in Metairie and I’m listening in as a young bagboy is taking the measure of his chances with the checkout girl.

Indeed, she’s a buxom, raven haired girl who’s as pretty as a St John The Baptist sunset.

Zuppardo's via rl reeves jr

Zuppardo’s via rl reeves jr

But it’s mostly just funny to listen in on a pimply faced Lothario rolling in like a horny street hustler.

(He never stood a chance)

It’s a 12 mile run to make groceries at Zuppardo’s once you figure in the commute from my home in the Bywater. But I routinely do just that; make the drive.

Zuppardo's via rl reeves jr

Zuppardo’s via rl reeves jr

A hamburger from the old diner that the owners shoehorned into a corner of the market will cost you about $3.

Angus beef is ground in-house, patted by hand then cooked on a hot griddle and served on a fully dressed, fluffy-fresh, white flour bun.

It’s one of the best in the region.

Zuppardo's via rl reeves jr

Zuppardo’s via rl reeves jr

“How long have you been cooking at Zuppardo’s Miss Clara?”

“Oh not that long”

She pauses and grins shyly. “About 18 years”

Time moves slow at Zuppardo’s.

“I like to cook at home too” Her face is filled with a sly mirth.

What I wouldn’t give to sit down at this woman’s supper table.

On the way out of the grocery store I hail a manager.

Miss Clara at Zuppardo's via rl reeves jr

Miss Clara at Zuppardo’s via rl reeves jr

“How old is that flat-top y’all are cooking your burgers on?”

“Oh it’s new, we put it in since Katrina”

Time moves slow at Zuppardo’s.

5010 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA
70006

Hours Of Operation
Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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