The second local outpost for Moe’s Original Bar B Que opened in April, this time in Metairie, at 1101 N. Causeway Blvd.
Known for low-and-slow barbecue, the brand has its roots in Alabama and opened its first local restaurant Uptown near Tulane and Loyola universities in 2015.
This new Moe's lands in an area where casual family-friendly restaurants are in demand but where barbecue has been scant. The address, formerly a Café Roma pizzeria, is near the end of Metairie Road, where a cluster of new restaurants has lately emerged. This Metairie Moe's has a mix of low and high tables and a full bar.
Its the second location from local franchisees Bryan Hargett and Stephen Lane, who opened their first Moe's in New Orleans at 3150 Calhoun St. in the former Kokopelli’s, which had been empty since Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans is not a city particularly known for its barbecue. But in recent years it has seen a boom of new barbecue restaurants, often melding different regional styles on their menus.
In addition to mainstays of ribs and pulled pork, Moe's brings some distinctive specialties to the local mix. That includes smoked turkey, which comes lean, juicy and streaked with both vinegar-based red barbecue sauce and white sauce. There's fried catfish, a shrimp po-boy (or "Moe boy") and smoked chicken wings.
Seasonal sides change frequently and are always worth a look, like a recent squash casserole, homey and fresh-tasting and thick with cheese.
Moe’s is based on an Alabama barbecue style its founders learned while in college in Tuscaloosa. They started the business after moving to Colorado, cooking Southern barbecue for the ski town crowd. The Moe’s brand has grown to more than 60 locations, including many throughout the South.
While the Moe’s name was new to New Orleans, Hargett said many of the first customers at Calhoun Street were familiar with its barbecue from locations near Gulf Coast beaches or from their own college days in Alabama.
As the brand has broadened its local base, he said, they’ve learned to adjust for local preferences.
Brisket is in higher demand here, so it’s become a twice-weekly special, Tuesdays and Saturdays.
1101 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-407-3533
3150 Calhoun St., New Orleans, 504-301-3790
Lunch and dinner daily
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