9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Back in the aughts, before I became a resident of New Orleans, I was on a long road trip through the South documenting off-the-beaten path barbecue joints when I got wind of Bywater Barbecue in the 9th Ward.

Back then, the down-river migration of neo-Bohemians had not yet taken hold; there were zero men with tousled hair riding fixies and listening to Pavement bootlegs cluttering the streets of the Bywater.

And the barbecue was forgettable.

Nowadays Oxalis is the tenant in the old building on Dauphine Street and they’ve provided a good place for an afternoon beer and plate of chicken wings.

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