I frequent New Orleans for a lot of weekend vacays and always pass this shopping center that has everything any Southerner could want for an afternoon picnic.

Chicken and Watermelon, next door to the Hit-and-Run Liquor, is on Claiborne Avenue and the parking lot was packed Friday afternoon.

I opted not to go inside - I don't want to ruin the enigma that is a place with a name as awesome as Chicken and Watermelon. I would be horribly disappointed if there was not an elaborate selection of fresh watermelon.

I do want to know, however, if there is a franchising opportunity.

Kristi Martin is an award-winning journalist, professional blogger and music junkie. Follow her on twitter @writtennred.

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