Old Metairie is one of the earlier suburbs in the city, with a very family friendly, and neighborhood feel. There are shopping areas, banks, restaurants, medical offices and many community perks in this fairly compact part of Metairie. Metairie Rd. follows the former Metairie Ridge, an original high ground in our city. "Metairie" is French for farm; this areas along Metairie Ridge was once a farming community.