We went on the rec of our shuttle driver from the car rental place. After a morning swamp tour, we decided to head to The Joint. As others have mentioned, the drive in, and the first appearance of the restaurant may have you on the fence, but don't hesitate for an instant.
Yes, it's small. Yes, it could be a bit cleaner. Yes, it is a little effort to get there. But...Yes, you will eat some of the best bbq that you may ever put in your mouth. I say some because my tour of the south is limited, and that is of course where the best bbq is reputed to come from, so I like to leave my future open to better. But, between our group we have eaten a lot of bbq and a lot of great food in general all over the country, and the world. With that being said, I would put the beef brisket from The Joint on the world stage against some of the best meats and preparations I have had anywhere of any kind. Don't get me wrong...the ribs may also be the best I have ever eaten...amazing fall of the bone flavor...and the pulled pork is heavenly, especially with the hot vinegar...but the absolute star of the show in my opinion was that Beef Brisket. I will be thinking about that for days, weeks, maybe months to come...it may drive my next trip back to NOLA.
What else? Well, the sides are all really good. Nothing legendary, but all really solid and good. Some advice for parties of 4 or more that like to eat, like ours...order off the front of the menu, labeled Catering Menu. We ordered a lb of pulled pork, a lb of Beef Brisket, a full rack of ribs, 4 pints of sides, and 4 beers, with Texas Toast...under $75!! We were eating the last bits after the bar that night.
I regret we didn't eat the desserts. They looked great. Oh, by the way, I didn't even mention the sauce. I now realize that I have always mistakenly judged a bbq place by it's sauce. That's until I ate here. The sauce is fine, especially on the ribs...maybe the pork...but to to put it on that Beef Brisket would be like putting ketchup on Filet Mignon. I barely used a drop of sauce at The Joint. It was that amazing.
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