New Orleans, Louisiana. Where do we start? This city is one of the most famous travel destinations anywhere in the country. The big easy as it's called is home to some of the most admirable culinary feats of anywhere in the world. While New Orleans's most notable claim to fame is crawfish and seafood, the city is also known to have a stellar barbecue scene. When it comes to making great barbecue there is more to it than just throwing some sauced-up meat onto an open flame.
Barbecuing is an art form and very few chefs have been able to get it right. It takes a lot to be a successful pitmaster and when I was in New Orleans I found some spots that took the great taste to a whole new level. The barbecue scene in New Orleans has evolved so much in the past few years that you will be taken aback by the amazing taste. Join me as I take a look at some of my favorite spots that I went to on our recent trip to the big easy.
10828 Hayne Blvd New Orleans, LA 70127
New Orleans wasn't a city that was originally known for its barbecue, but that all changed when Walker's BBQ opened. The restaurant is famous for its barbecued PO-boy sandwich and has even named its website after it. But the rest of the menu is equally impressive with an emphasis put on unique New Orleans flavor. There is everything from brisket to baby back ribs to choose from, and it all has that great taste that you'd expect.
The atmosphere at Walker's BBQ is quite friendly, with nightly jazz music and everything that you'd expect to find in this city. The prices are equally as affordable, and yet the portions of food that you get for the price are great. If you've always wanted to try some unique NOLA barbecue then you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place than Walker's. Come for the great food and stay for the amazing memories that you'll have.
Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue
5321 Franklin Ave New Orleans, LA 70122
Founded by Chris “Shaggy” Davis, he took his two favorite foods of crawfish and barbecue and combined them into a delicious restaurant. As soon as I heard the story behind this place I had to go and check it out. The menu centers around the barbecue favorites that you'd expect and then some seafood favorites that you might not. I wanted to try the slow-cooked brisket but in the interest of time, I went for some baby back ribs and a brat.
The flavor of the in-house sauce took the dish to a whole new level and the sizes of the side dishes made for a wonderful entree. The staff here is very friendly and even though the place was packed to the rafters with customers we still got our food in a reasonable amount of time. The food was hot and the flavor was downright amazing. It is not very often that you'll have a juicy piece of barbecue that is bursting with flavor, but Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue has found the surprise combination.