Cafe’s lunch entrees hit the spot

By By Alania Willis / Special to the American Press

One day last week I took my break from

work at about 2 p.m. I decided I wanted some pork chops, gravy and rice.

I remembered

riding down La. 14 and seeing a sign that read, “smothered pork

chops and oxtails.” I had never eaten at the place, so I decided

to try it out.

If you’re looking for home-style cooking or soul food, The Spot Cafe is the place to dine. I arrived at about 2:30 p.m. Parking

is available directly in front of the small restaurant, located between a barber shop and a grocery store.

I walked right in and noticed immediately the home-like feel. The decor was simple yet clean — which makes you feel comfortable.

The owner runs the restaurant alone but

offers many entrees. This particular day she had smothered pork chops,

fried fish,

baked chicken, oxtails, rice, okra, potato salad, red beans, rolls

and cake. I decided to go with the pork chops, gravy and

rice, side of okra and black-eyed peas. My dessert was a slice of

vanilla cake. My beverage was a can of cream soda.

The owner was nice and we held a

conversation, since I was eating alone. The gravy was thick and covered a

medium-size pork

chop over rice. The pork chop was well-seasoned and tender. I

didn’t even have to use a knife. The gravy was a good consistency

and reminded me of my grandmother’s home cooking. The rice was

just how I like it: firm, not gummy or hard. The black-eyed

peas were seasoned perfectly and were full of flavor, thanks to

the bacon.

Another day, I decided to go back and

try beef tips with rice and gravy. I decided to get black-eyed peas

again, since they

were tasty the first time. For a new side, I decided on cabbage.

The beef tips were tender and went well with the firm rice.

The gravy was brown and thick and clung to the beef tips. The

cabbage was spicy, but had a mild sweet kick to it. I decided

not to get a dessert this time; I’m not really big on sweets. The

price was the same as the first time, and I was satisfied

with the meal.

I enjoyed both meals, but preferred the pork chops. On both occasions, I wasn’t able to eat all of my food, so I took the

rest home for supper. This satisfied me because I was able to get full and still have food for later.

The price of my plate lunch was $8.75,

including tax. It was well worth it and came with plenty of food. The

service was excellent

and friendly, which is why I plan on visiting again.

Alania Willis, a senior at McNeese State University, is an intern at the American Press.

If You Go

• LOCATION: 1847 Highway 14

• HOURS: 10:30a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11a.m.-4p.m. Saturday.

• PHONE: 337-437-8187