Cochon

December 28, 2011

in dessert, lunch, restaurant

We were up bright and early to see our family off before their flight – one last romp through the French Quarter…

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…to Cafe Beignet

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These were featured on Alton Brown’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” list…

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…everyone else proclaimed them better than Cafe du Monde’s version (<—click for David's video review). I didn't actually eat any, since I felt I’d already gotten my beignet fix

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…plus I was saving room for my final NOLA meal at Cochon

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Had to make reservations for this place last week (they were booked the whole time!) and arrived just as they opened

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Despite its name (and menu) there are a number of veggie-friendly items. Our waiter was super knowledgable and helped us navigate the menu.

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Meat for moi – Braised Pork Cheeks…

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…with sauerkraut potato cakes, applesauce, and goat feta. Yummy, but seriously paled in comparison to the pork dish from Domenica.

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I had just a small taste of Abe’s…

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Pumpkin Calas (essentially, a pancake/fritter) with pickled radishes, apples, and toasted pecans

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Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

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All three of these complimentary rolls got eaten by me – since they’re made with animal fat

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Good, but Abe really wasn’t missing out anything. (In fact, I liked the bread at The Chimes better, which means I’ve probably just lost my New Orleans readership.)

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One was dipped in extra pork juice…

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…and mac n cheese

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One was coated in traditional spread (butter)…

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…and the last was doused in their house-made chili vinegar + hot sauce

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Almost too full for sweets. Almost.

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While we waited, I tried a sip of Abe’s “bootleg” Dr. Pepper. Not bad, but $5 for 8 ounces is a bit steep in my opinion…

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…especially when for $3 more you can eat one of the best desserts ever!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake made with Cornmeal, and drizzled with Dulce de Leche

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The coconut lime sorbet crumbled like ricotta!

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Surprisingly (or maybe not so shocking, considering this is me we’re talking about) dessert was BY FAR my favorite.

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I guess I had this place hyped up – it was on every foodie/blogger list, with a big celeb following and hard-to-get reservations. But honestly, I’ve experienced much better meals on this trip (with double the portions and half the price) and feel there are a lot of equal/similar places in Los Angeles I can eat at regularly (Animal and Salt’s Cure come to mind).

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Although, I must admit I don’t often see women in head-to-toe leopard fur back in La La Land.

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