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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{ 9 comments }

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.
lol
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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