Cuisine: American, Cajun, Southern
Group Friendly: Nestled in the Warehouse District of New Orleans, Cochon powered by chef co-owner Stephen Stryjewski, who earned the James Beard Award for Best Chef South 2011 and partner Donald Link, who also owns Herbsaint and Peche as well as a designated private dining space Calcasieu in the Warehouse District. The restaurant pays homage to the old-style Cajun Boucherie with the handcrafting of boudin, andouille, smoked bacon and head cheese. Local seafood also stars in succulent crawfish pies and roasted gulf fish done "fisherman" style, along with comfort foods including spoon bread with okra and tomatoes, roasted oysters and suckling pig.
Lunch: Cochon chef co-owner Stephen Stryjewski, winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundations "Best Chef South" award, pays homage to the old style Cajun Boucherie at this must-eat Warehouse District restaurant. Order a moonshine-based cocktail and dig in to platters of housemade charcuterie, including boudin, andouille sasuage, smoked bacon, and head cheese. Local seafood also stars in succulent crawfish pies and roasted gulf fish "fisherman" style, along with comfort foods including spoon bread with okra and tomatoes, roasted oysters and suckling pig. Stryjewski sources locally wherever possible and buys seafood and frogs legs from nearby Gretna and Des Allemands, Louisiana. Try the black-bottomed brown butter banana cream pie for dessert.
Cajun: Nestled in the Warehouse District, chef/owners Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski pay homage to all things swine at this inspired and authentic Cajun restaurant. Link mines his German-Acadian roots with dishes such as fried boudin with pickled peppers, pork-and-black-eyed-pea gumbo and delectable fried chicken livers with pepper-jelly toast. Reservations are recommended as this place gets packed. Or choose to dine at the same location at the more casual and newly expanded Cochon Butcher, same great charcuterie dished out of a sandwich counter and wine bar that will remind you of an old world meat market. Here's a tip: get the muffaletta, some locals say its better than Central Grocery's. And here's another tip: the grilled oysters may just be the best in town.
Best Restaurants: Swine is fine at Cochon, where chef Stephen Stryjewski (partnered here with chef Donald Link) pays homage to the old style Cajun Boucherie with the hand crafting of boudin, andouille, smoked bacon, and head cheese. Working with locally sourced pork, fresh produce and seafood, COchon focuses on the authentic flavors of Cajun country. Set in the rustic, yet contemporary interior of a renovated New Orleans warehouse, Cochon is the place to sip a flight of Moonshine, then tuck into a succulent crawfish pie and roasted gulf fish "fisherman" style, along with comfort foods including spoon bread with okra and tomatoes, roasted oysters and suckling pig. Try the chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert.
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Group Friendly: "Cochon swine-fueled cuisine can be had at Calcasieu, a private event space near the Convention Center with four dining rooms."
Lunch: "If Cochon is tough to get into, enjoy the same piggy goodness at the more casual Butcher next door."
Best Restaurants: "Although Central Grocery is tough to beat, the muffaletta at Cochon may be the best in town."
Best for Group Friendly Because: Calcasieu delivers Cochon's winning cuisine to an intimate gathering for 10 or a wedding reception or corporate event for 20.
Best for Lunch Because: Cochon is one of the best restaurants in town for any meal, and lunch is a good deal.
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: The James Beard Award-winning restaurant is an altar to all things swine, and it's not to be missed.