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…




…to Cafe Beignet


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


…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


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


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





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



Meat for moi – Braised Pork Cheeks…


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


I had just a small taste of Abe’s…


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


Macaroni and Cheese Casserole


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


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.)


One was dipped in extra pork juice…


…and mac n cheese


One was coated in traditional spread (butter)…


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


Almost too full for sweets. Almost.


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…


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


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


The coconut lime sorbet crumbled like ricotta!


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


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).


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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1 Molly December 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

wow! i can’t believe they served Dublin Dr. Pepper! They are made in this TINY town in Texas (called Dublin)— and of course made with pure sugar and not the syrup-y stuff! fun!

2 Lynn at The Actors Diet December 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Aha! Was wondering about that!

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3 Darcee December 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Haha, LOVE the last pic!!! Looks like you had a grand time down there. Have a safe trip home!!

4 Diane Beebe December 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

hahahaha…..loving the New Orleans posts….and since I haven’t eaten at half the places in LALA Land that you have the food in New Orleans looks INCREDIBLE!!! If I don’t get a beignet soon I will splode!!!

5 Lauren December 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Oh good gracious this all looks delicious! I love the rolls dipped in mac and cheese…you are definitely on to something there. :)

6 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I always love your NOLA posts! I would love to be able to visit some day soon! =)

7 Pure2raw twins December 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

everything looks amazing! love that dessert shot, and it sounds delicious!!

8 vanillasugarblog December 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

i’m going to pretend i did NOT see this post, this way we can still be friends.
lucky you for hitting up cochon!! oh yes
and I want that MUG!

9 Tasos Apartmani January 3, 2012 at 7:42 am

Nice photos, prices also :) These Braised Pork Cheeks look so light and tasty, go for it

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