Road Trip: New Orleans

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September 22nd, 2012September 14th, 2013

This week is a road trip to New Orleans. Guests include Leah Chase of the legendary Dooky Chase's Restaurant; journalist Lolis Eric Elie; WWNO's Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats!; and mixologist Chris McMillian. Plus, Jane and Michael Stern escort us around the annual Roadfood Festival.

Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood

It's all about beef and smoke at this central Texas barbecue joint. Jane says the brisket - smoked long and slow and seasoned with nothing but salt and pepper and bastings of flavorful drippings - is the best she's ever had. It's strictly utilitarian here, nothing fancy. There are no plates and no sides. Your order is simply piled on a cafeteria tray lined with pink butcher paper and accompanied by slices of squishy white bread for mopping up the delicious juices and a little cup of natural beef drippings. The Sterns warn against ordering a lean cut of brisket.


Famous Meat Pies since 1967


The Johnson family has been serving boudin and other meats since 1937. Besides excellent boudin, order the "Parrain's Special" - stuffed grilled cheese with crumbled boudin balls and BBQ sauce in the center. If the Cajuns were to create a cheesesteak, this would be it.