Here is the seventh installment of our BBQ tour of the US South. The first one covered Louisiana and Texas. The second post covered Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The third covered North Carolina and eastern Virginia. The fourth part covered western Virginia, Alabama, and Georgia (by way of Vermont). The fifth covered Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia. The sixth covered Alabama and Mississippi. This is a very unscientific sampling taken from doing a search on the likely places we might stop for a meal. We consulted the Southern BBQ Trail and Our State Magazine (NC), as well as doing simple searches. The research is just beginning.
This seventh one comes home to New Orleans. Our city is noted as a major food city but BBQ is not one of the most noted of our many cuisines. However, we have had very good cue here and you can get music and parades with your cue as you will see below. To help with this effort, I consulted the New Orleans Magazine article, The Best Barbecue in New Orleans. Many of their winners are included here. However, this post has gotten long enough to publish and I still have many more of their winners to go so there will be a part two on New Orleans BBQ.
Starting in my neighborhood there is Squeal (voted best sides). It is located at 8400 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 302-7370. Below you can see their ribs, corn machque choux, and cheese grits. They also have some interesting art, both on their tables and walls.
I was able to sample Walker’s Southern Style Barbecue (voted best pork) at the recent Oak Street Poboy Festival with their excellent and juicy Cochon De Lait Poboy. I hope to get out to their place in the New Orleans east son. It is located at 10828 Hayne Blvd. 504-241-8227. It is off of I-10, Read Blvd. exit, then go to the Lake.
We have twice now sampled Ms. Hyster’s Barbecue (voted best ribs). Her ribs were really good and will been brought home often. They come with very good corn bread. It is located at 2000 S. Claiborne Ave. 522-3028. They also sell some good music CDs.
Also mentioned in the article was Blue Oak BBQ (located within Chicki Wah Wah) at 2828 Canal St. 304-4714). Here we had ribs, brisket, chicken, roasted garlic mac and cheese, brussel sprouts and sweet potato bread pudding. We heard Jon Cleary while we ate this wonderful cue.
The portable grillers and food trucks at Second Lines are a good source of BBQ. We have had great cue at several of these. Most recently it was Uncle P’s BBQ Party Wagon at the Lady and Men's Buckjumpers Second Line where we had a tasty ribs poboy and grilled shrimp sandwich made fresh.
We also had ribs at the Treme Sidewalk Steppers Second Line (shown below at the top), as well as others.
Music festivals are also a good source of ribs and other cue. One of the great ones is Wednesdays on Algiers Point. This year we saw the Iguanas with Alex McMurray and had some excellent ribs and a grilled pork sandwich as shown below. They were washed down by coconut and cherry snow cones, very nutricous.