Stuff Your Mouth at Check-In-Check-Out

1800 Spanish Trail, Slidell, Louisiana

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2005.

Check-In-Check-Out, Slidell, LA

Check-In-Check-Out is not much to look at, but the food is great. Because of various circumstances, we had not had the opportunity to eat at this deli for a long time, but when we finally got there again, it was as good as we remembered it — maybe even better.

We love their fried shrimp po'boys and always find ourselves ordering those when we are there. If we lived nearer a Check-In-Check-Out, no doubt we would try different menu items, because if the shrimp po'boys are any indication, everything they fix is top-notch.

They put a lot of shrimp on each sandwich (their sign correctly declares, “over-stuffed po-boys”), and the shrimp are prepared nicely — the batter is not too heavy or thick. The shrimp are a bit greasy, but, hey, we're talking fried here. The sandwiches are dressed with sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, and mayonnaise, unless you request that it be done differently. (I skip the mayo and opt for some lemon slices on the side.)

The small restaurant offers little in the way of charm. The decor is strictly sparse utilitarian. I assume that much of their business is take-out and catered events. While there on our most recent visit, we were the only people eating in the “dining room.” Local people were just picking up their food.

There is another Check-In-Check-Out in Kenner. These restaurants are a part of neighborhood life in their respective communities. Places like these are the reason that New Orleans and eastern Louisiana are known all over the world for good eating. As a new acquaintance remarked to me recently, “For five dollars you can get a better meal in New Orleans than you can get for fifty dollars in New York City.”

Besides shrimp po'boys, Check-In-Check-Out offers various other types of po'boys, sandwiches, and burgers, ranging in price from about $3.50 to $9.00. Regular muffulettes and a Seafood “Muff” are available. You can also order appetizers such as Shrimp Puppies; side orders like Chicken Livers; salads; Seafood Gumbo ($3.00); Seafood Plates, including salad, fries, and French bread for around $10.00; and Plate Lunches such as Jambalaya ($5.99). Desserts, like Homemade Cake of the Day are available; and a limited breakfast menu is offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every day except Sunday. The establishment closes at different times of an evening. Call 958-641-9773 to find out how late they are open. (Also see their webpage.)

To sum it all up, this place serves good stuff. Enjoy!

Check-In-Check-Out's Shrimp Po'boy

Wrapped and ready to go.

Check-In-Check-Out's Shrimp Po'boy

Unwrapped and ready to eat.

Check-In-Check-Out, Slidell, LA

The outside sign: “Over-Stuffed” is a proper description.