With Superbowl Sunday this past weekend and Mardi Gras in full swing, I simply cannot get my mind off of New Orleans, Louisiana. I miss the city, its unmatched spirit and delicious diversity of food. I have not been back to New Orleans since early January, but I can still taste the savory flavors that Cochon offered us on New Years Day.
So now, in honor of this month's festivities in good ole Louisiana, here's a critique of the yummiest spot in town.
Cochon has been recognized as one of New Orlean's Top 10 restaurants for years now, so I had to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed.
Warning: If you are a vegetarian, do not go to this restaurant. Cochon means pig; and boy, does this restaurant hold true to its name. But you’ll leave happy as a pig!
Extremely laid back and rustic, the southern comfort was in the air. We were sandwiched between two other couples at a teeny-tiny wooden table—and while I was uncomfortable at first with how closely the tables were placed, I soon got over it. Because all I could focus on was the food.
Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, so please don’t judge! I had to order enough to sample for my wonderful readers, so let’s just use that as the reason why Alex and I ordered such a quantity for only two.
|yummy yeast rolls to start. | photo credit|
|wood-fired oyster roast | photo credit|
For starters, we chose the wood-fired oyster roast and smoked pork ribs with a watermelon pickle. I also had to get the pork & black eyed pea gumbo—why, might you ask? Well, it was New Years Day…so I had to eat black eyed peas for good luck!
|smoked pork ribs with watermelon pickle | photo credit|
|red fish "fisherman's style" | photo credit|
|dumplings and mac.|
Alex ordered the opposite: rabbit and dumplings. Served in a root vegetable and potato stew in a single-serve cast iron skillet, the dish was extremely rich. I couldn’t handle more than a bite, but Alex was satisfied. A side of baked mac and cheese casserole took us overboard, but we were happy. Very happy.
Needless to say, Cochon was a fantastic way to kick off 2013. I hope you try it on your next visit!