Dad treated me to one last lunch at Cochon in New Orleans before I took off to the big apple to visit friends. I was thrilled as I’ve eaten here before and haven’t had a bad bite from their kitchen.
I know I’ve said it before, but Cochon is everything I want in a restaurant! Pork & seafood focused, open kitchen, wood burning oven, big tables, loads of windows and a menu concentrating on local sustainable ingredients. Everything is made from scratch. We’re talking house cured meats, condiments, breads, king cakes, todo.
Dad had heard all the local raves of their famous Oyster B.L.T. but hadn’t made it to the Warehouse District in months. In the early afternoon we jumped in the car, crossed the quarter and threw some change in the meter. Excitement took over as we crossed Tchoupitoulas from the old Dixie Mill.
We were seated and brought a bucket of warm rolls and butter as the waiter serenaded us the daily specials.
Dad made his suggestions, I gave mine and we quickly agreed on the order.
To start we had the Louisiana blue crab stuffed artichoke.
New Orleans does stuffed artichokes so well!
Next up on the daily specials, soft shell crab sandwich on a homemade bun dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise with mixed greens on the side.
The softness of the bread with the crispy crab was so perfect!
A side of mac and cheese casserole to share.
And their famous oyster B.L.T. with a side of slaw and pickle on sliced bread.
Everything was a dream and service was flawless.
As the check arrived something outside the window caught my attention.
A pig was being delivered to the restaurant!!
So much fun.
Dad paid, we said our good byes and headed home to start packing for my early flight.
New Orleans, it was great being with you. I’m hoping to be back for JazzFest for a few days of music, gluttony and your ever so charming Southern hospitality.
Laissez le bon temps rouler!