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Mid-City's Blue Oak BBQ is opening this weekend at its new location at 900 N. Carrollton Ave.
Just in time for the Jazz Fest crowds, Mid-City barbecue darling Blue Oak BBQ
(900 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-822-2583) opens its new location Friday.
The team behind the long-running pop-up at music hub Chickie Wah Wah
left the Canal Street venue earlier this month, to move into larger digs at the spot formerly occupied by Fellini’s.
“It’s kind of surreal because we’ve been in someone else’s kitchen for so long, and now we’ll finally be in our own spot,” said Ronnie Evans, who runs the business with friend and fellow pit-master Philip Moseley.
Evans and Moseley started their pop-up at the Uptown bar Grits (530 Lyons St.) in 2012 before moving to Chickie Wah Wah a year later. There, they expanded the menu, serving a mix of slow-smoked meats, including St. Louis-style ribs, Texas-style brisket, Alabama-style pulled pork, smoked chicken wings and house-made smoked sausage.
The new location opens with a full bar and a limited menu including pulled pork, chicken, brisket, sausage, ribs and some specials. The menu will expand after Jazz Fest to include more signature items and some new dishes, including cracklings, Brussels sprouts, roasted garlic macaroni and cheese, specialty sandwiches, burgers and more, Evans says. There is indoor and patio seating.
Blue Oak BBQ will open for dinner Friday. Opening hours are being finalized, but starting next week, the restaurant will most likely be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday .
Fore more information, visit the restaurant’s website here.