Johnny Oak’s Cajun BBQ

27 May

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Cuisine: Cajun BBQ
Gay and High st.
614.620.6165
Monday-Friday 11am-3pm (or until sold out)

Last summer the corner of Gay and High was home to the cupcake truck 3 Babes and a Baker. This summer it has a new resident – Johnny Oak’s Cajun BBQ. If the name Johnny Oak’s sounds familiar it’s because Johnny already has a restaurant in Columbus – Johnny Oak’s Po Boy and Shrimp Shack located on North Campus. You won’t find any Po Boys here though, as the truck and restaurant offer different menus (the only overlap is the side dishes all of which Johnny himself cooks from scratch). Both menus have the same inspiration, the period of time that Johnny lived in New Orleans.

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Johnny opened the Po Boy Shack 5 years ago when he wanted to get out of the construction business and do something that he loved. Johnny (pictured above) is a character and an extremely warm host who offered us samples to help us decide what to order. He jokes with customers ‘this ain’t Burger King’ and takes justified pride in his food. He closed up shop early the day we were there because he was almost sold out and didn’t want the remaining small amount of meat to dry out on the grill.

Here’s the menu, which as you can see will have some variability based on the whims of the owner.

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We split two sandwiches and were divided over whether we preferred the pulled pork or the brisket. The pulled pork was a delicious mess of a sandwich oozing with BBQ sauce and coleslaw (note to self – don’t wear a white shirt). The pork was tender and the creamy coleslaw balanced the heat of the BBQ sauce. I also liked the crunch that the coleslaw added.

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The blackened brisket was nicely (but not overly) fatty, juicy and with less sauce than the pork. The beans were what really won my heart, less sweet than the usual bbq baked beans, with a decent kick of heat and a rich flavorful broth. The greens with bacon were also very good, less bitter than others I have had.

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As well as running the truck and restaurant Johnny caters parties and will pretty much grill any meat for you from goat to turkeys. He also builds and remodels trailers and trucks. There’s more information about the restaurant, catering and trucks here.

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12 Responses to “Johnny Oak’s Cajun BBQ”

  1. Travis May 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    I tried this today, and it’s legit. The brisket was tasty, and the heat present in all the food is a satisfying extra touch. For $6.50, I got a big sandwich and two sides. The greens were good, but the red beans and rice were the standout.

    Unless a second Ray Ray’s truck pops up around here, Johnny Oak’s has locked up my lunchtime BBQ dollars.

  2. Nathan September 2, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    I tried to go there yesterday, and it was gone. Theres a chicken and waffles truck there, and the girl working it told me Johnny Oaks hadnt been there for a while.

    • hungrywoolf September 16, 2011 at 7:02 am #

      Nathan
      We spoke to Johnny this week. Johnny is looking for another location downtown. He was having a lot of trouble with the panhandlers at the corner of Gay and High.

  3. kg September 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Hey Jonny this is kg over at kgs barber shop hey i tried to call you ,but the # is not in order. my # is 614-946-8766 or email me at kgsbarbershop@hotmail.com need a trailer to get kg chicken & fish going look foward to here from you……

    • hungrywoolf September 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

      KG – Looks like the truck and shack have closed. Trying to find out more. Try this number (it was on their website) 614-348-9447

  4. Jody July 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    They are on Neil ave and 11th ave across the street from Jimmy Johns. I had a shimp po’ boy and it was awesome.

  5. johnny oak October 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I AM JOHNNY OAK AND MY CAJUN B.B.Q IS CARTING ONLY BUT! MY PO BOY AND SHRIMP SHACK IS ON NEIL AT 11 TH IN THE PARK ON CAMPUS AT OSUMC I AM OPEN M.TO F 10 AM TILL 3 PM PHONE IS 614-531-8433 FOR TAKE OUT

  6. johnny oak October 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    i have one more new food truck coming soon it is a jewish style dili yes cornbeef and pastrami is at the top of the list p.s i have been to other food trucks and i like the coffee and the other foods

  7. johnny oak December 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

    Johnny Oak is back in business you want to know more email me at johnny_oak@yahoo.com

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