The Joint, Doing New Orleans’ Barbecue Right

The Joint is among one of the best barbecue restaurants in the nation, despite its location

The Joint, New Orleans

Barbecue seems to be almost a religious food. While everyone is familiar with the classic cities, like Memphis, Texas, and Kansas City, and typically defensive of their favorite style or restaurant, a place in New Orleans is looking to rattle your opinions. 

The Joint, a made-from-scratch barbecue restaurant on Mazant Street, is doing barbecue in its own way. Now a favorite to many locals, The Joint opened in 2004 and has since been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” and among other accolades, has been on Zagat Guide and Bon Appetit’s top barbecue lists.

The smoked brisket and pulled pork are go-to’s, as well as the full rack of ribs, and the locally-made Cajun sausage. Dishes come with a choice of three sides, so they’re certainly giving you your money’s worth. Sides are all the typical barbeque classics, like cole slaw, mac n’ cheese, and baked beans.


The restaurant itself is casual and friendly, the service is quick, and there’s hardly ever a wait. It’s a great place to dine on some of the best barbecue in the nation in a casual environment, and you definitely won’t leave hungry.