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JMSetzler
01-21-2013, 03:51 PM
Greetings Brethren...

My girlfriend and I are planning a road trip from home (Western NC) to New Orleans and then to Memphis before heading back home. I'm trying to find the best BBQ places in each spot. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Teamfour
01-21-2013, 03:58 PM
We are from New Orleans and I can tell you there is NO decent BBQ in the city. Besides, you don't go to New Orleans to eat BBQ, you go to eat creole or cajun food (no they are not the same).

When we lived in Memphis we liked Gridleys, but I understand the economy has reduced them to one location. We didn't care for Rendezvous (too touristy) or Neely's.

cameraman
01-21-2013, 04:04 PM
What Teamfour said. In NO have some Gumbo, have a Mufeletta at Central Grocery, Begniets at Cafe du Monde, Po boys anywhere..., eat ya some shrimps... forget the bbq. If you're coming back via I 40 drop a line, I'll pour you a drink.

JMSetzler
01-21-2013, 04:13 PM
I plan to eat plenty of NO traditional food but I always like to have BBQ from at least one place every time I go somewhere. I will be coming home via I-40 from Memphis but I have no idea what time of day I might be through there and it will be on a Friday. This trip is out in the distance a little... we are planning on October.

frognot
01-21-2013, 04:38 PM
Only BBQ i ever in in NO was Voodoo BBQ (in Garden District) in 2005. it was down the street from our hotel so we hit it for lunch one day. It was pretty good basic que but can't remember any details.

http://www.voodoobbq.com/

Looking on website we ate at the one on St. Charles which was the original location.

Hoss
01-21-2013, 04:53 PM
Memphis--- Central Bbq

Germantown Commisory

Memphis bbq Company,Southaven MS

ORIGINAL INTERSTATE BBQ,on Hwy 61
Stay away from Rendevous and Corky's. Tourist traps.

RangerJ
01-21-2013, 05:31 PM
Muffaletta at Central Grocery as stated above, Po-boy from Johnny's, Oysters from Felix while standing at the Oyster bar.

If you must eat BBQ try some New Orleans BBQ shrimp!

I eat Barbeque everywhere I go as well but as New Orleans is a sister city of ours, I can't say I've ever consider searching out Que.

Let us know what you find.

I like Bigbutts
01-21-2013, 05:38 PM
Memphis....Corky's was great years ago, I NEVER cared for Rendezvous....In Nawlins...PLEASE.....no que there....IMHO

JMSetzler
01-21-2013, 05:49 PM
Well, I think I found a place in NO that I might try out called the Ugly Dog Saloon just so I can get a fix for Q while I'm down there :)

DannyMac
01-21-2013, 06:13 PM
Jim, can't recommend Ugly Dog or Voodoo. The Joint is probably the best bbq in NOLA. Until Neil opens up McClure's on Magazine Street, that is.

cameraman
01-21-2013, 06:22 PM
If you must eat BBQ try some New Orleans BBQ shrimp!


I had BBQ shrimp at Dicky Brennan's. It was a religious experience. Most places don't live up to their reps. NO far exceeds one's expectations. The food is orgasmic and the street music is mind blowing. I know what it means to miss New Orleans. :becky:

Bigdog
01-21-2013, 06:43 PM
Well, I think I found a place in NO that I might try out called the Ugly Dog Saloon just so I can get a fix for Q while I'm down there :)

You are really missing out on a fabulous meal if you try to eat BBQ in NO IMHO.

JMSetzler
01-21-2013, 06:45 PM
You are really missing out on a fabulous meal if you try to eat BBQ in NO IMHO.

As stated previously, I plan to eat plenty of NO cuisine. One of my meals will be BBQ :)

DannyMac
01-21-2013, 07:16 PM
If you are going to be in the warehouse district, consider crossing the street to Cochon Butcher. In addition to the andouille and boudin they also have some smoked meats. If you need any other food recommendations, PM me and let me know.

Gore
01-21-2013, 07:27 PM
I enjoyed Rendezvous. The atmosphere was very fun. The BBQ was some of the worst I've had, but it was enjoyable. We ate at Cozy Corner and the ribs there were much better.

1MoreFord
01-21-2013, 08:18 PM
JMS,

There's now a Whole Hog Cafe in NO. I don't know how long it's been there so some of the others may have included it in their assessment. I haven't eaten there but I have eaten at the original in Little Rock and 3 more franchise locations and they've all been good.

Open for lunch only according to the web site.

http://www.wholehogcafe.com/locations/

You can read about the original in Peace, Love, & BBQ.

yakdung
01-21-2013, 10:55 PM
I recommend this place:
http://www.dragosrestaurant.com/
And this one:
http://www.acmeoyster.com/
I was born and raised in that hell hole and I can never remember a BBQ joint ever.
http://repiccisofnola.com/
If you are going down for Mardi Gras, be very very careful.

lemur
01-22-2013, 04:43 AM
following this thread closely...I'll be in NOLA mar 21 thru 29 and WAS hoping to get Q restaurant suggestions....plan on posting in road trip section in week or 2 for other suggestions...Im sooooo excited....

hmbrewr
01-22-2013, 11:03 AM
Well, I don't know about everybody saying there is no good BBQ in New Orleans, I guess they haven't eaten at "The Joint". Don't know the address because they have moved since I was there last. Look it up in the yellow pages when you get there. Or google their website.

frognot
01-22-2013, 11:07 AM
Well, I don't know about everybody saying there is no good BBQ in New Orleans, I guess they haven't eaten at "The Joint". Don't know the address because they have moved since I was there last. Look it up in the yellow pages when you get there. Or google their website.

Here's their site: http://alwayssmokin.com/

i really liked DivaQ's (our sister here, Danielle, who was also on BBQ Pitmasters) blog info about Memphis BBQ. Start at the top of the page & there's more after her airline rant.

http://divaq.ca/tag/memphis

Teamfour
01-22-2013, 11:18 AM
Well, I don't know about everybody saying there is no good BBQ in New Orleans, I guess they haven't eaten at "The Joint". Don't know the address because they have moved since I was there last. Look it up in the yellow pages when you get there. Or google their website.

Sorry didn't care for it. Ribs were dry.

cameraman
01-22-2013, 11:22 AM
JM, not a reflection on your post just a funny thought that crossed my mind -- eating bbq in NO is like eating deli in Paris. It may be there, but why would you bother? :idea:

JMSetzler
01-22-2013, 04:42 PM
Sorry... I should have known better to ask this question here...

brownkw
01-25-2013, 12:28 PM
JM, I can't personally recommend any of these (since I've never tried any of them). But you may want to start with this list (http://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=bbq&find_loc=New+Orleans%2C+LA%2C+USA) to at least get an idea of what's out there...

popeye
01-25-2013, 02:22 PM
JM, I can't personally recommend any of these (since I've never tried any of them). But you may want to start with this list (http://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=bbq&find_loc=New+Orleans%2C+LA%2C+USA) to at least get an idea of what's out there...


sorry i am new to this site but if i want cajun i go to no if i want BBQ i go to memhis. if i want good briescut o go to texas . just saying :grin:

Boudreaux
01-25-2013, 07:12 PM
Hi John S. ,

If you find yourself on Beale St (Memphis), you might try "BLUES CITY CAFE'" for great BBQ. Ignore Rendezous BBQ, It was tuff, and smothered in Sauce to cover up their failure....

Love your videos.....

WineMaster
01-26-2013, 09:38 AM
In Memphis, I would definately hit Gus's Fried Chicken. Whats there to say. Its not BBQ but its EPIC.

deguerre
01-26-2013, 09:51 AM
Gus's most definitely. Not stopping there is a crime. Hoss had good suggestions.
Cozy Corner - BBQ Balogna Sammie and the Cornish hens are very good
Central - DO NOT GO to the one on Summer Ave
The BBQ Shop on Madison Ave is a nice little joint too - do yourself a favor and buy some of their sauce and rub to at least try