$15 and Under

00:00 May 04, 2012
By: Kim Ranjbar
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It's got to be 4:20 somewhere!

Dude, there is no White Castle in Louisiana. Yeah, you could do some damage to a Krystal Burger or five in the French Quarter, but why not hold out for the ultimate munchie? With all the incredibly talented chefs in this town, settling for a simple burger could result a serious buzz kill, and what's the use in that? To cure a desperate case of the growlies, you'll want to indulge in something that goes over the top, something "extra spliffy" if you know what I mean.

Your first mission, if you choose to accept it, is to amble on down to the Warehouse District for some grub you won't soon forget. Well, you might forget it an hour later, but I promise you'll remember tomorrow! Located on the corner of Julia and Fulton Streets, ROOT—as in the beginning, the origination, the basis, the crux, the essence, the foundation, the inception, the nucleus, the source, the soul...when we die, I believe that we transform into a ball of white-hot energy that joins up with a whole...wait. What was I talking about?

Oh yeah...ROOT! Phillip Lopez, the chef at this most excellent restaurant, is a dude who knows what it means to have very un usual, very specific cravings. Who else could come up with this dessert to end all desserts, the "ROOT Beer" Float. Served in a trifecta of tastiness this dish consists of Black Apple Jack Soda poured over Caramel Apple Pecan Ice Cream, an Apple Strudel Tart and the "pièce de résistance," Ginger Snaps lovingly coated with Kelloggs Apple Jacks®. You just know you're jonesing for this, man!

Alright, I hear ya. You're saying to me, "Dude, I want something salty, meaty, spicy and sweet." You think you've set me on an endless nature hike, but I've got your number. Take a bone ride Uptown on St. Charles Avenue and on the corner of Cherokee Street, you'll find Fat Hen Grocery. Although they have a choice selection of goodies on the menu, everything from their famous "Womelette" (an omelet baked on a Belgian waffle) to housemade chicken pot pie, you'll want to save yourself for some of their BBQ, specifically the A.B.T., or the Atomic Buffalo Turd.

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I know, I know... I am guffawing right along with you and trying fruitlessly to catch what's left of my breath, but that is indeed the name of this hilarious, yet tasty dish that is apparently a common item found in BBQ circles. Despite the unpalatable name, Chef Shane Pritchett has made this his own creation with a few personal tweaks that'll have you drooling on yourself before it even hits your tongue. Half a jalapeno is stuffed with cream cheese and housesmoked Berkshire sausage, then wrapped in thickcut bacon and broiled, and finished off with a drizzle of a reduction made with the chef's own original BBQ sauce and his homemade mixed berry jam. Yeah, I'd buy three of those for $8!

Now, dude, all you have to do is get off the couch.

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