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Yes, You Can Get BBQ From A Drive-Thru

And the most insane baked potato

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.

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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.

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