“The smoked meat is exemplary — if I had to pick two, it would be beef and boudin — and they’re flattered by sauces house-made with local ingredients, such as Steen’s cane syrup and molasses. Other details (like the salt) seem to borrow from the playbook of fashionable bistros.
Specials speak to the season and region, like blood orange lemonade in the winter and crawfish étouffée in the spring, where others, like the Mexican pulled pork tortilla from a couple weeks back, take sensible artistic license. Sides (sweet-savory house-made pickles, custardy spoonbread) tend to sit a rung above the competition. The flaky fried meat pies are a delicious addition to the New Orleans barbecue repertoire.
None of this great cooking is done in the service of forcing barbecue into a higher tax bracket. Central City sits in a cinderblock and subway tile space off the main drag in its titular neighborhood. There is no table service, though the staff is amiable and attentive. The atmosphere is emphatically urban, pulsing with moderate-volume blues music and the lunchtime bustle of a crowd that often appears evenly split between blue- and white-collar.” read more
– Brett Anderson, NOLA.com
I know that New Orleans is kind of lacking in the BBQ department but this place doesn’t disappoint. The brisket was delicious and I love that they ask you how lean or fatty you want your brisket to be. The smoked sausage was honestly one of the highlights from the meal. – Joshua B., Yelp
The BBQ is so awesome. Arrive early before it’s all sold out. The chicken is so juicy and tasty. You can’t beat 50 cent wings and $5 drinks. Ooooohhh please try the housemade pickles! You will not be disappointed at Central City BBQ! THEBOMBDOTCOM – Ashley T., Yelp
I’m a huge fan of the brisket and burned ends, along with the sausage. Sides: the sweet cornbread and potato salad are delish! Now that there’s a bar, we tried the satsuma old fashioned and the Kim chi Bloody Mary, which were both great twists on the originals. – Kelly T., Yelp
They give you a generous amount of meat (pic doesn’t show justice) believe me I had to go see it for myself. It was MORE than enough for two people. Can’t wait to come back. We got the brisket , Cajun fries & cornbread spoon. – Amy V., Yelp