Re: Field Report: Marjie's Grill in New Orleans
"We had the single best bite of barbecue ever served to us in a New Orleans restaurant last week at Marjie’s Grill...It doesn’t carry a lot of weight as there is no good barbecue being commercially served in our fair city."
I've kinda wondered about this. Not that NOLA is hurting for outstanding food; certainly just the opposite, it's in great abundance. But noteworthy 'Que does seem to be a rarity, if not nonexistent. Why do you reckon that is? You're in the heart of the Southern Barbecue Belt, running from the Carolinas to Texas. The 'Que Culture is all around you and yet it seems to have passed you by, jumping right from Mississippi to the Lone Star State. Is the Cajun/Creole cooking tradition so dominant that it doesn't leave any room for championship pitmasters? Is the rest of the state just as smoke deprived, or is it just the Crescent City?
Lotta questions there. Take your time and do it right. Kinda like great 'Que.
P.S. Very nice report and fine photos, BTW. Another reason to hop in the car and head south, sooner rather than later.