Upscale, Meaty, Creole BBQ Paradise at Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans

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Upscale, Meaty, Creole BBQ Paradise at Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans

Last December, on a two-day trip to New Orleans, I had one of the most incredible meals of my life at Cochon Restaurant. We indulged in a variety of amazing specialties like Fried Alligator, Fried Boudin, Rabbit & Dumplings, Sweet Potato & Hog Jowl Casserole, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. After spending two days in rural Opelousas, Amy and I drove to New Orleans for a 24-hour stopover and made sure to have a reservation to return to Cochon for another insane meal. Located in the warehouse district of New Orleans, only about a 15 minute walk south of the chaos of the French Quarter, Cochon, helmed by executive chef Donald Link, serves up mighty fine, upscale takes on hearty, Southern and Cajun cuisine. Whether you’re in town for Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, or for no particular reason at all, I urge you to make Cochon one of your dining destinations.

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The Road Trip @ Blue Smoke On The Road

This airport barbecue platter is phenomenal and can stand toe to toe with the bbq greats. The platter comes with quality North Carolina Pulled Pork, Two Kansas City Spareribs, Pit Beans, Sesame Slaw, and Pickles.

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Bloody Mary @ Blue Smoke On The Road

Quite a nice bloody. Exactly what I needed. Love the Rick’s Picks Smokra in there and yes, that Magic Dust goes great with everything.

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Wild Salmon Burger @ Siggy’s Good Food

Probably the best, most flavorful, interesting, juicy salmon burger I’ve ever had. Just so good.

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A Rare, Spicy Indian Take on Chili at the Desi Food Truck in SoHo

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A Rare, Spicy Indian Take on Chili at the Desi Food Truck in SoHo

In the western reaches of SoHo there are tons of office buildings loaded with hungry workers in need of a good lunch. This draws a wide variety food trucks to the area to line those streets on a daily basis. Most of these trucks are the hipster-fusion variety which attract long lines and park on either Varick or Hudson just below Houston. But if you walk just one block back east, you’ll find a strange triangular park called SoHo Square Park on 6th Avenue between Broome and Spring. At the top edge of the park, on most days, you’ll find a bright yellow food truck painted with very stereotypical Indian stylistic colors and decorative flourishes called the Desi Food Truck serving humble Indian dishes and never has a line.

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Wine Grilled Artichoke @ Sonoma Chicken Coop

Very mild flavors, but the creamy mayo sauce was nice of the artichoke leaves.

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Beer Braised Tri-tip @ Sonoma Chicken Coop

Decent roast beef with asparagus and mashed potatoes. Nothing special.

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Crispy Calamari @ Sonoma Chicken Coop

They were not as hot and freshly fried as I would have liked, but they were enjoyable enough.

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