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Average check per person $5-$15
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The Joint

Bywater & Downtown: 701 Mazant. 504-949-3232 . Map.
Very Casual.
MC V
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WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
As New Orleans continues to discover what real barbecue is about, we’ve managed to hold onto a few really good purveyors. The Joint, despite its abbreviated menu and minimal surroundings–is one of the city’s best. This is barbecue for people who know that a bite should leave crunchy black shreds stuck in your teeth, and that the meat shouldn’t stay on the plate when you pick up a rib.

WHAT’S GOOD
Barbecue is all about slow cooking, smoke, and a great dry rub. All of that conspires to leave an exciting bark on the outside and intense flavor in the inside. They are very aggressive in this matter, and that’s what this barbecue lover is looking for.

BACKSTORY
Pete and Jenny Breen, after deciding the the Bywater District was among the most culturally promising parts of town, opened the Joint in 2004. It had already established a reputation for goodness by the time Katrina hit, and when it reopened afterwards was one of those places whose return was much rejoiced in.

DINING ROOM
Nobody goes to a barbecue joint for creature comforts, but even with that in mind the premises come across as–well, they named it The Joint, didn’t they? No misleading advertising, that. The neighborhood is interesting, full of century-old houses waiting to be renovated. It’s also adjacent to one of the major administrative facilities for the Port of New Orleans.

ESSENTIAL DISHES
St. Louis cut pork spareribs
Pulled pork
Beef brisket
Barbecue chicken
Barbecue chaurice (hot sausage)
Pulled pork sandwich
Beef brisket sandwich
Sausage sandwich
Cole slaw
Potato salad
Baked beans
Macaroni and cheese
Pecan pie
Key lime pie
Peanut butter pie

FOR BEST RESULTS
Buy half again as much as you want and take it home. Barbecue is one of the few cuisines that lends itself to traveling in a car and saving in a refrigerator for a few days.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Really, they could clean this place up a bit and make it more comfortable.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment -3
  • Consistency +2
  • Service-1
  • Value +2
  • Attitude -1
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness
  • Local Color +1

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Courtyard or deck dining
  • Open Monday lunch and dinner
  • Open all afternoon
  • Quick, good meal
  • Good for children
  • Easy, nearby parking
  • No reservations

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  1. Kevin on January 29, 2014

    The section about the dining room is pretty outdated. Since they moved to their new location, the dining room is still casual, but much cleaner and nicer.

    • Tom Fitzmorris on January 29, 2014

      You should have read what I wrote about the old place. I do think it’s the best barbecue in town.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

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