When traveling the southern United States, there's a couple prerequisites when it comes to crucial eats, and if your list does not include good soul food, some fantastic barbecue, and a legit seafood boil, then you're doing it all wrong.
In the latest episode of Foodbeast World Tour, MeesterKeem traipses through Atlanta, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana to fill his belly with soulful goodness.
To kick things off, Keem pulls up to Fox Bro's Bar-B-Q in the ATL and orders the Everything Plate, which serves up all the smoked essentials like fatty brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, smoked chicken wings, and crucial sides like collard greens and mac & cheese. He then flips his Foodbeast switch and turns the whole platter into one sandwich, cleverly dubbing it "The Southern Sleeping Pill." And if there's anything I know about being a Foodbeast, it's that a sandwich that sounds more like a pro wrestler's finishing maneuver is a sandwich worth eating.
Out in Nawlins, Keem's checking off iconic culinary destinations from his list like Verti Mare for a muffaleta sandwich, Café Du Monde for beignets, and some freshly boiled crawfish at J's Seafood Dock.
At J's, a local puts Keem on to how to eat a crawfish like a roots-deep Nawlins native. I myself took notes, because I usually stay away from crawfish for the sole reason that I don't know how to eat them properly. The instructions given to Keem were precise and simple: twist the head off and suck.
A little apprehension didn't stop him from slurping all of the crawfish's oceanic deliciousness in one sip. "All the flavor's right there, man," the employee at J's asserted, assuring Keem that sucking the head is the only way to get to some of the ocean's tastiest treasures.