There are some places in life that speak to you on a family level. That is how I feel about The Joint. This low key BBQ Restaurant is one of my favorite local spots to eat and drink in New Orleans. It’s a neighborhood joint located near the Mississippi River in historic Bywater. Just the look of the place gives rise to all good things about food and the south. Their motto: ‘Always smokin’ says it all and you can smell the sweet meats smoking as you get close to their front door. I enjoy riding my bike there and taking the time to sit outside, rain or shine and enjoy the offerings of this perfected place.
My favorite is the beef brisket. It is tender and flavorful to my satisfaction. The pork ribs are also a good choice and the Cole slaw is my favorite side dish. Their BBQ Sauce, which sits on every table in big squirt bottles, is a perfectly delicious accoutrement. I find it hard to pin point what I love most about The Joint, but feeling comfortable and at home is a huge draw for me. The Joint let’s everyone in. You do have to order at the counter and you should bus your dishes, but BBQ is not fine dinning no matter how you smoke it.
The first time I went to The Joint, was way back when they were still located on Poland Avenue (which is now Bar Redux). It was small then and quirky, but they were serious about the meat. Nowadays, in their darling corner digs on Mazant and Royal, they have perfected a good thing into a gold mine of greatness. Their BBQ has been lauded in many publications and places, and I confidently guide tourists and visitors there excited to turn them on to this gem. It is relatively consistent, but sometimes they do run out of BBQ Chicken. It’s closed Sunday, and you can usually always get in and have a fabulous dinning experience.
They have a full bar and lately I’ve been ordering the Paloma, which is a tequila based drink that I find refreshing on these hot August days. You can order ‘to go’ and also buy their dry rubs and BBQ Sauce on line.
Open Monday-Saturday 11:30 am-10:00pm The Joint will be closed for one week in August for Summer Vacation. Closed August 14th-20th
The Joint 701 Mazant Street @ Royal New Orleans, LA 70117
Phone: (504) 949-3232 Web: alwayssmokin.com