Blue Oak, which formerly served tacos and egg rolls from the kitchen at Grits Bar, has added "Barbecue" to its name and moved into the kitchen space at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St., 504-304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com).
Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley, the duo behind Blue Oak, went on a pilgrimage through West Texas last year, sampling barbecue to refine their knowledge of the craft. The New Orleans natives brought that experience home to Chickie Wah Wah in Mid-City.
"There's been a growth of barbecue here in the last couple of years," Evans says. "It's good stuff, but it could get better. We want to bring something new to the table."
Blue Oak Barbecue (504-621-9837; www.blueoaknola.com) serves brisket, smoked wings, house-made sausage and smoked burgers. Pork egg rolls add some flair to the otherwise traditional menu. Sides include braised Brussels sprouts, macaroni and cheese and baked beans, and there are two tangy barbecue sauces. Evans and Moseley expect to add menu items, and they have eliminated some things, such as tacos, that were on the menu at Grits.
Blue Oak Barbecue serves dinner daily and is open from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Chickie Wah Wah's weekday happy hours and during New Orleans Saints and LSU football games.