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Cochon – New Orleans

Written by Patti on August 3rd, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

New Orleans is one of my all time favorite cities in the world. It’s French, it’s American, it’s wild, it’s beautiful.

Also, the food is some of the best you will ever taste.

Although I was there writing an article about The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, and the article won’t run until October in Design Is Magazine, I still wanted to share some of our weekend there with you.

Friday night found us at Cochon, the city’s palace of pork. And what pork they have! Eric and I ordered most of the appetizers and set out to have ourselves a taste treat.

Let me share with you!

Cochon Is Open and Ready For You!

Since we decided on all small plates, we ordered everything at once and sat back as they were delivered to the table.

The couples on either side of us were both huge food lovers and we made fast friends as we compared notes on New Orleans restaurants.

Here comes the pork!

But First, The Rolls - Like The Rolls The School Cafeteria Ladies Made!

These rolls were so good and served with the softest butter imaginable.

Fried Hogs Head Cheese

Now, I understand this might be for everyone, but it was my favorite of the night. Crunchy, creamy, porky. Delicious.

Fried Boudin With Pickled Peppers and Hot Mustard

Boudin is cajun sausage, rolled into balls, breaded and fried. ‘Nuff said.

Fried Rabbit Livers on Toast With Pepper Jelly

I loved how everything is served with a bit of green. Like that’s going to help offset all that fried goodness. Um, I don’t think so, but it looks pretty!

Crawfish Pie, Me O My-O!

Crawfish pie will make you jump up and sing Zydeco tunes. Even if you didn’t know any before! Yee Haw!

Paneed Pork Cheeks with Baked Peanuts & Radish-Turnip Salad

I know this is the favorite of a lot of folks, but it was a smidge too salty for me. But not to worry, we’ve got more in store!

Oyster Roast

This is perfect proof that the seafood is fresh and ready for you in New Orleans. Shrimp are fabulous, too.

We finished the meal with a moonshine toast with our new friends Heather and Evan.  You would be surprised how nicely it helps to settle all that eatin’.

Heather and Evan From Houston

In fact, the moonshine was so yummy, we decided another shot was in order. At the bar, served by our new friend, Matty the bartender.

Belly Up To The Bar and Join Us For Some Cat Daddy Moonshine!

The one thing we didn’t get to try because we were about to burst was the roast suckling pig. But I did get a photo.

Mr. Roast Suckling Pig. How Can Get I Get One of These In Atlanta?

We decided to walk back to The Ritz-Carlton, even if only halfway, to walk off this fantastic meal.

Thanks, Cochon, we will be back. I suggest you all make your reservations now!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Weezer – Pork and Beans

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Dana says:

    Love Cochon! One of our favs! And we’ll have you over the next time our friend roasts a suckling pig in his hot box – he gets them from the Sweet Auburn Farmer’s market…

  2. Patti says:

    Dana! We would adore that! Miss you, Bunny! oxox, P

  3. So, I sent this to my mother & sister because we’re planning a family trip to NOLA in Feb. (my dad hasn’t been back since before Katrina) You should let Cochon know that they owe you a commission, because thanks to this article we are totally going. And we are all a bunch of hogs. 🙂

  4. Patti says:

    Ok, Susan, this made me snort. Out loud! Loudly. OMG, you are too funny.But you will love Cochon! xoox, P