You may think New Orleans is the culinary hot spot of Louisiana, but just 200 miles northwest, you’ll find one of the state’s most under-the-radar culinary gems: Outlaw’s BBQ in Alexandria. The restaurant was originally founded in 1989 as a watering hole for local schools and first responders, but has since become a sought-out destination among in-the-know Louisiana natives.
Only at Outlaw’s can you find po’ boys made with chopped beef and all-you-can-eat ribs (only on Thursdays) — the bright, sweet barbecue sauce even has its own cult following. Plus, just going to Outlaws is an experience: there’s often live music, the walls are decorated with neon beer signs and vintage cowboy photos, and the staff will always treat you like a member of the family. If that’s not enough, there’s also a drive-thru!
Don’t miss the Chop Baker: A baked potato stuffed with butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon bits and chives that you can then top with chopped pork, chicken, ham or link sausage. It’s a full meal and we’ve never seen anything like it.
Fun fact: the owners told us Alexandria has a large CrossFit community so they’re working on some more paleo-friendly items. If that’s you, right now the sweet potato Chop Baker will be your friend.