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The Shed

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:12 am
by aleguy
I watched the Saints win the national championship from a bar stool in a crazy cool new place called The Shed. It's a barbecue and blues place just North of I-10 at the Scott exit. The food is awesome :wink: (except for the bread which was insipid and tasteless.)
They have an an usually good bottle beer selection. I started off with a Rogue dead guy, followed by a Bayou Teche pale bier (contract brewed by Lazy Magnolia.) Heiner Kolsch and Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan. They also have Sam Smith's Nut Brown ale.
I could wish for a few other good selections, but all-in-all It's the best bottle beer selection I have seen at a local restaurant, excepting perhaps buffalo wild wings. But again, the food is awesome.
It's too far to go to after a club meeting, but I encourage you all to give the place a try.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:17 am
by redtail28
Yes i heard of this place. I was told the ribs
are great. Hope you didnt fall of the bar stool :lol:
Just joking Will have to make a trip out there soon.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:12 pm
by Mob_Barley
I hate to burst anyone's bubble, but the Shed has the worst bbq I've ever tasted. Maybe it's because I've had some of the best BBQ in Texas, but it is like the ribs were boiled, then smoked a little, then smothered in a sickly sweet molasses bbq sauce. The meat fell off the bone, but that's because it was boiled off first. I had better bbq in the lunch cafeteria growing up.
And the brisket was steamed in foil, then smoked a little and smothered in the same sickly sweet sauce. They didn't even cut the brisket across the grain. It was like a roast or something.

But that's just me, and I'm just sayin'.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:51 am
by aleguy
I suppose it may not be up to Texas standards, but the food id a whole lot better than Pete's or Buffalo Wild wings. I was mostly impressed with their beer selection, and the brisket I had was pulled, not cut, so it's about the same as what I expected at a barbecue place as opposed to a barmitzvah.
Anyway, I like it. And the place itself is definitely cool.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:20 pm
by Mob_Barley
I agree about the beer. I was going to write an article about them for the Examiner.com, but thought I'd better try the food first. After trying the bbq, I decided I couldn't in good conscience recommend the beer if the food was crap. I had a backdraft brown and a Harp lager there. Good beer selection and music was good too.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:41 pm
by aleguy
I think I see the problem now. Your from Texas and you think of Texas Barbecue as the only right way to do things. What they serve at The Shed is Southern Barbecue. A completely different style. Southern Barbecue smothers everything in sauce. Texas uses a dry rub.
Outside of Texas, if the place doesn't say Texas style barbecue, you can bet it is one of the Southern barbecue traditions using sauce, which is how everyone outside of Texas does barbecue.
I'm not saying they have the best barbecue around. I know there are many Southern Barbecue places that would put them to shame, but the food is still damn good. I didn't have the ribs, but the brisket was good and the potato salad was incredible. For Lafayette, I don't think you'll find much better. (Except for the bread. Their bread IS crap.)

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:38 pm
by jcmoore
Mob_Barley wrote:I hate to burst anyone's bubble, but the Shed has the worst bbq I've ever tasted. Maybe it's because I've had some of the best BBQ in Texas, but it is like the ribs were boiled, then smoked a little, then smothered in a sickly sweet molasses bbq sauce. The meat fell off the bone, but that's because it was boiled off first. I had better bbq in the lunch cafeteria growing up.
And the brisket was steamed in foil, then smoked a little and smothered in the same sickly sweet sauce. They didn't even cut the brisket across the grain. It was like a roast or something.

But that's just me, and I'm just sayin'.



I hear you. I work at Johnson's Boucaniere. Don't know how you feel about our BBQ(pulled pork, brisket, BBQ chicken, country-style ribs), but we put a lot of work and love into our food. We are working towards expanding our BBQ selection as well, at least to include spare-ribs.

I've heard bad things about the Shed, bad things about Eddie's(?) towards Youngsville, and I've tried 2-Paul's myself and it was terrible... I don't know how Johnson's compares to texas or st. louis or carolina or whatever BBQ but yall should give it a try! Goes fantastic with an IPA.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:01 pm
by jcmoore
Hell, while I'm at it, let me plug our sausage as well. I make all of our smoked sausage, pork beef and turkey. I also developed my own recipe for bratwurst, which you can purchase frozen from Johnson's.

My love for sausage runs so deep, me and several friends made a trip to Wurst-Fest in Austin this past year, which was quite amazing. I'm no sausage expert, but I'd say my brats are better than anything I tasted there. At the very least, they beat the hell out of "Johnsonville" prepackaged brats from Albertson's.

So if anyone has a hankering for homemade bratwurst, come by Johnson's and ask for Joey's Bratwurst! I recommend boiling 1-3 links in a single beer, preferably an amber or darker, until the beer forms a gravy-like sticky substance and the sausage turns dark brown. Throw some kraut and mustard on it, and have a couple of the same beers you used to cook it in.. a heavenly feast!

PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:33 am
by redtail28
Dude stop your making me hungery.
As far as the Shed nice location and building.
Food well that's another story. All the meat taste the
same like it was bake and sauced afterwards.
No smoke falvor and the sides arent much better.
But it better than going hurgery i guess.

If your going to take time to make BBq you
should let the meat speak for it's self.
I said meat lol

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:30 am
by aleguy
Too bad. I guess I'm out of it. I thought the potato salad was really good and I heard a lot of good things about the baked beans. As far as the barbecue goes . . . All I was really trying to say is the food is better than Pete's and the beer selection is unusually good for a Lafayette restaurant. I haven't tried the one downtown yet, but they don't have any beer whatsoever. (Yet.)

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:58 am
by redtail28
Your on the mark they do have
a great line up on the beers.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:50 am
by redtail28
I don't know how Johnson's compares to texas or st. louis or carolina or whatever BBQ but yall should give it a try! Goes fantastic with an IPA.[/quote]


JCMOORE so how's the beer list look and prices
on food?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:41 am
by jcmoore
No beer. Yet! I talked to ale guy about it at the meeting, unfortunaly due to our seating area being entirely outside and "unenclosed," we cannot sell beer. However this will certainly change in the future. The owner is working on additions to the building, and eventually, we hope to brew our own selection.
For now though, I would give my blessing to simply bring your own beer if you're so inclined. As for prices, our sandwiches run about $5, but if you're thrifty go for the plate lunch. Saturdays we have BBQ chicken and country-style smoked ribs with either jambalaya or a link of boudin, plus two sides for about $7.50.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:37 am
by aleguy
I went by Johnson's Boucaniere and I must say I was disappointed. The brisket was TOO spicy. Forget about tasting the meat or the smoky flavor. I couldn't taste anything but pepper. And the potato salad was the second worst I have ever had. It tasted like mashed potatoes mixed with cheap mayonnaise. No nice potato chunks and no real flavor.
Since no one else likes the BBQ at the shed, they might like the food at the Boucaniere, but I won't be going back. I think it's past time we need to open a BBQ/pizza brew pub. Somewhere people can get awesome food and awesome beer. Maybe we could call it "the Carnivore's Paradise."

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:28 am
by john_bethea
I think it IS time to open up a brewery/restaurant in Lafayette. If people are willing to pay $12 a pint for delirium tremens at the Tap Room, where the help knows absolutely NOTHING about beer, it would have a better than average shot of being a viable enterprise. That said, there is a lot of competition out there, the beer distributors would do everything possible to prevent a brewery/restaurant from succeeding (since they wouldn't be making money off of our beer), much less the local government would want their piece of the action. It would be a full time responsibility.