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…
…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.