location: Cochon (New Orleans, LA)
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Finding a place to eat for dinner in New Orleans is not easy. Multiple places we went to or wanted to go to were full and required an extensive wait. We thought perhaps it would be possible to make a reservation. At one of the places, they said it would be - a month in advance. Well, too late for that. In the end, we came here. Still needed to wait a while, but eventually we got to sit down and enjoy our meal. I think we were all quite hungry at this point, so thankfully they gave us some bread. And this bread was really quite good. Still warm, nice and toasty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. I probably could have enjoyed a meal from the bread alone.
But of course, we did order different dishes to share. On the left, the smoked ham hock with red beans, rice and pickled peppers. The ham had a nice saltiness and smoky flavor. The meat had a firmness and elasticity to it, but was relatively tender. We also got some fried alligator with chili garlic mayonnaise (top right). This was probably my favorite preparation of the alligator, as I liked the spiciness. Still, you could probably substitute something else for the alligator, and I’d be okay with it.
Here, the louisiana cochon with turnips, cabbage & cracklins. Since this place is called “cochon,” we thought it best to order dishes that utilized the cochon. this dish was kind of stew like, a bit sweet with the different vegetables.
The server recommended us getting these fried boudin with pickled peppers. Boudin is a kind of sausage, and in this case they form it in a ball and fry it. I guess this is a traditional cajun dish, but it wasn’t amazingly spectacular, must order again.
One of my favorite dishes of the night - these wood-fired oysters with chili garlic butter. The shells were still hot - so hot you couldn’t hold it for an extended period of time. That’s what I call adequate food temperature. Oysters were tender, and the spicy garlic butter makes everything better.
One of the most recommended dishes on yelp is the rabbit & dumplings, though I don’t quite understand why. I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture of the stew, which was a bit too gelatinous for me. I do like chicken and dumplings, which I guess this is a variation of, but this was underwhelming.
Finally, some mac and cheese. We didn’t receive this for a while, so we asked our server about it. Perhaps they had forgotten about it or something, but she ended up giving it to us on the house. How nice. I’m not big on mac and cheese, but I could appreciate the gesture.
overall quality: 8.5/10
desire to return: 8/10