Cochon New Orleans

There were quite a few restaurants on our Must Dine at This Trip list. A few were places we had heard about from TV shows or print media and had never eaten at. But only one was a restaurant where we actually knew the Chef, Stephen Stryjewski; and that one was Cochon. Chef Stephen has partnered with renowned award winning chef and restauranteur Donald Link at this restaurant, Cochon Butcher, Pêche and probably others that I am not aware of. So our first priority was our reservation there. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see Stephen but that did not deter us from dining at the Chef’s Counter. And we were so glad we went!

Cochon New Orleans

A Selfie of Steve and Me

Cochon New Orleans

Super Hot Wood Burning Oven
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

We were seated opposite the gorgeous stainless steel wood burning over and got to watch the quick paced staff in action. Observing cooks Jack and Billy was like watching a well choreographed dance! The restaurant was buzzing and packed with diners having a good time and enjoying great food. And judging by how quickly orders were flying out of the kitchen they turn over the seating several times in an evening. A great advantage to sitting at the Chef’s Counter was seeing what dishes other guests had ordered so our decisions were made more easily.

Cochon New Orleans

Wood Fired Oysters with Chile Garlic Butter
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

Cochon New Orleans

Raw Oysters with Sauce Mignonette
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

We chose to make a meal of small plates and dessert and asked our server to just bring one dish at a time. First up were the Wood Fired Oysters with Chile Garlic Butter. It was so incredibly good that I could have devoured several more servings of that alone! Thankfully we were served a little lagniappe (an extra treat) of raw oysters with sauce mignonette to give my oyster addiction a little added boost. The wood fired oysters were just barely cooked but it was the spicy chile butter that stole the show making us want oysters, more oysters please.

Cochon New Orleans

Prepping Oysters for the Wood Burning Oven
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

Crawfish Pie
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

The next dish that we tried to eat slowly to make it last longer was the Crawfish Pie which was so loaded with the little mud bugs that we were in heaven. And no tedious peeling necessary. Just yummy, sweet, succulent crawfish tails tucked into flaky pastry served with a beautiful chutney. Be still my heart.

Cochon New Orleans

Mushroom Salad
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

We followed that with a palate cleansing Mushroom Salad with Deep Fried Beef Jerky and Lemon Vinaigrette. The title pretty much covers everything except it doesn’t really prepare you for the mountain of impossibly thinly sliced ‘shrooms, fresh parsley leaves, mint, shallots and tissue paper thin slices of kumquat that are perfectly anointed with the citrusy dressing.

Cochon New Orleans

Pork Cheek Country Captain with Raisins, Turnips and Almonds
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

For our final savory dish we chose the Pork Cheek Country Captain with Raisins, Turnips and Almonds. It was divine. Slowly braising the pork cheek rendered it tender and full of flavor which was enhanced by the perfectly balanced additions. Rich and delicious the dish was the perfect selection for the savory portion of our meal.

Cochon New Orleans

Come and Get It!
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

Or was it? Our server handed us the dessert menu which teased us with offerings such as German Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Oatmeal Pie, Pineapple Upside-down Cake, Banana Pudding and Lemon Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake. But somehow there was a totally different dish that taunted us throughout the evening. Those Smoked Pork Ribs with Watermelon Pickle had lured us in. So we just felt compelled to order them for dessert. You heard right. We ordered ribs for dessert. And did not regret one single, messy, ridiculously delicious bite!!!

Cochon New Orleans

Smoked Pork Ribs with Watermelon Pickle for Dessert!
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

 

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St, SUITE B
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-588-7675

 

NOLA Here We Come

Before we left Mobile, Alabama for our week in NOLA we did a little bit of sightseeing at Battleship Park. Of course our GPS made it sound like we were going to Battlesheep Park. (What a remarkable tool the GPS is! It gets you where you need to be and it entertains you.) The park is quite interesting with several actual planes and of course, a battleship. We did our own little walking tour, went to the gift shop to buy a souvenir spoon to add to my collection and then headed for NOLA which was less than 3 hours away.

NOLA Here We Come

Battleship Park, Mobile, Alabama
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Battleship Park, Mobile, Alabama
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Me and my Namesake at Battleship Park
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

While we were driving we were discussing that we needed to make sure to get in some good cardio every day so we wouldn’t be whales when we returned home. Oops! I remembered my sneakers and socks but I didn’t have a single workout outfit that fit me. Which was actually a great thing since my old ones were all too big after losing a ton of weight over the past year. But that’s a whole bunch of posts for another time. Funny thing was, Steve forgot to bring gym shorts. And then he mentioned that he saw an email from Steinmart as he was shutting the computer down. They were having a huge weekend sale with coupons for even more savings. Say no more. It’s on sale is my middle name. And don’t cha know it, there was a Steinmart that we would pass just two blocks from Domilise’s where we were headed for lunch. We both scored big time. Steve got shirts, gym shorts and a buttery soft, light yellow cashmere sweater. And I got an exercise outfit, a dress and a fabulous headband. The dress was perfect for my awesome new fuchsia suede stilettos that lace up the leg.

NOLA Here We Come

My Red Dot Find – the Perfect Dress to go with my new shoes!
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

All of that, and we arrived at Domilise’s right in the middle of the lunch rush but we didn’t care. We were back in our favorite city at our favorite place for Po’ Boys. So we took a number, #47, and scoped out a table, since there are only about 6 of them, and waited to place our order. One of the fun things about Domilise’s is that it is mostly locals and a conversation is always easy to start because New Orleanians a very friendly. We got lucky and diners at a four top were getting ready to leave. They were happy to have us wait by their table until they were through so that we could sit right down. Now here’s what happened – we started talking with a nice guy, #46, who sounded like he was from Boston but was born and raised in New Orleans. So when we were able to sit down we just asked if he wanted to sit with us. We have often share a table at Domilise’s. It’s just part of the charm.

As it turned out #46 was a retired school teacher and runs Kids Tours for a living. What a cool job to have. He runs walking tours of the French Quarter for kids of all ages. But for those with children in tow, his tours are age appropriate, which is a good thing because Bourbon Street can be quite raunchy. The 1-1.5 hour tours are for kids 4-18 and give the culture, history and geography of the area. If you are coming to the area you should really check out frenchquartourkids.com.

NOLA Here We Come

Steve Bringing our Po’ Boys to our Table
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Don’t you want to take a bite?
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

By the time we finished sharing an Oyster Po’ Boy and a Spicy Smoked Sausage Po’ Boy we were able to check it at our hotel/timeshare the Wyndham Avenue Plaza on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District.

NOLA Here We Come

Our bedroom in our suite at the Wyndham Avenue Plaza New Orleans
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Anyone who knows Steve and I knows that New Orleans is our absolutely favorite vacation destination. So when we were discussing how to celebrate our 48th Wedding Anniversary and my birthday the first words out of my mouth were “Let’s go to New Orleans!!!” 

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Charcuterie at a Mano

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Gorgeous Composed Salad

Since we are driving we will be spending the first night of our vacation in Mobile, Alabama and then continuing in the morning to our beloved NOLA. Our first stop, before even checking in to our suite at Avenue Plaza in the Garden District, will be for Po’ Boys at Domilise’s. And we know just what we are ordering. We will share an Oyster Po’ Boy and a Spicy Sausage Po’ Boy. Both fully dressed of course. Which means the works. There is only one other place on earth that we must make our first stop upon arriving and that is the White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City. Both places have a similar vibe and both deliver high octane flavor and great bread with their sandwiches. Thank goodness we can go to the White House at the end of August because it has been far too long since we have been either place. 

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Crab Cake at Oak Plantation

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Fried Oyster Lunch at Oak Plantation

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Yummy Fried Chicken with Coleslaw

I am teasing you with some pictures from our last trip 5 long years ago to New Orleans but I promise to share the new ones just as soon as we return!

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Decadent Dessert

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

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