Louisiana’s No Man’s Land Food Trail

The western boundaries of Louisiana were once so poorly defined that Calcasieu Parish was claimed by both France and Spain. The entire region became known as a No Man’s Land, filled with pirates, Indians, brigands, highwaymen, outlaws, explorers, drunkards, adventurers, bawdy women and the normal lost souls that have always existed on the fringes of American society.

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Happy National Fried Chicken Day New Orleans

Walter Jetton was famously LBJ’s pit boss who was responsible for the massive barbecue parties the President liked to throw on his ranch in Gillespie County, Texas. He also owned a chain of restaurants.

Here in the 9th Ward of New Orleans there are dozens if not hundreds of places where you can purchase fried chicken combo boxes and plates. .99c for two dark meat pieces is common although now you’re seeing a few markets sell their two pieces for upwards of a $1.50.

Sacre bleu.

If you want the best and don’t mind a wait, please visit Poppa’s Seafood on N. Galvez. They only cook per order and you are not allowed to phone in advance but they do have the best fried chicken I’ve found in New Orleans.

Little People’s Place in Treme

If you ever get homesick for New Orleans PBS has a vast treasure trove of documentaries about our city here.

Oh, and it is possible to get homesick for New Orleans even if you’re currently living in here. The city we call home is almost unrecognizable right now.

But we will persevere just like we always have; at least for the past 303 years.

Got a minute? Check out this 60 second short film on Frady’s One Stop featuring Kirk Frady, owner and operator.

Frady’s is my favorite po boy joint in New Orleans and the last coffee shop in the city where a cup of mud will set you back .75c.

And the next time you get in the mood for a fried baloney sandwich, the crew at Kirk’s little store has you covered.

Street shot. 9th Ward. New Orleans

This is my once a year column where I look back at the previous 12 months of life in New Orleans’ 9th Ward and beyond. I take my lead from Benjamin Franklin and his superb Almanack that he published for 25 years back in the 18th century Continue Reading