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Blue Oak Bringing BBQ to Chickie Wah Wah
by Sam Nelson
A pair of local smoker savants are looking to fill up the 'cue on Canal. Starting October 1, Blue Oak BBQ will move in permanently to the kitchen at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.), replacing The Sammich. To kick off the transition, Blue Oak is going whole hog with a pig roast for the Saints game on Sunday, September 15.
The barbecue joint opened in July 2012 in the kitchen at Grit’s bar in Uptown, where they’ve served food six nights a week.
“We’re very excited about these guys coming,” Chickie Wah Wah’s co-owner, Dale Triguero said. “They serve great food. They are young, ambitious, and serious about what they do."
The pig roast on Sunday is a chance for Blue Oak proprietors Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley to introduce their food to Mid-City.
“We want the neighborhood to get to know what we do before we move in,” Evans said. “For us, it’s just a new neighborhood we love about this city. And it’s a great venue for music that we think will be good for barbecue.”
Evans and Moseley will begin roasting a 45 lb. piglet at 3 a.m. and smoke it for almost 12 hours before serving it during the Saints game, which kicks off at 3:05 p.m.
“We’ll have a big old smoker parked right in front of the bar,” Evans said. “It’s a process, but when it’s all said and done, it’s worth it.”
Blue Oak will also be selling brisket, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, St. Louis-style ribs, their version of deviled eggs, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts, and their signature dish “smoked chicken wings.” All food is smoked over local oak wood they source from a farm on the West Bank, Evans said.
“We’re still working on our menu for the kitchen, though,” Evans said.
Beginning October 1, Blue Oak BBQ will open its kitchen weekdays daily at 4 pm for happy hour (featuring $2 domestics at the bar) and stay open until midnight, Triguero said. They will serve food on weekends for LSU and Saints games.
Triguero noted that everyone knows Chickie Wah Wah for its music.
“But we only have music three out of 24 hours in a day," he said. "I really prefer people to think of us a eatery who just happens to have music. That would be ideal.”
Blue Oak BBQ will begin serving food at 2:30 pm before the Saints-Bucaneers game. Immediately after the game, Andreux and the See of Sounds will play a live music set.
“We think it’s going to be the start of a good relationship,” Triguero said.
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