Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Orleans Trip, Part 2

by guest slogger Paul Trapani

Dinner was at Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas St; 504-588-2123), one of the hot new post-Katrina restaurants.

Normally, I wouldn’t even consider ordering a drink containing vodka, beet juice and lemon, but it was named a "Jitterbug Perfume" after the great Tom Robbins novel (featuring New Orleans) so they got my money. It was surprisingly refreshing.

We were brought a basket of crusty biscuit rolls that were quickly finished:

I loved an appetizer of ultra smokey andouille....and didn’t mind the lima beans, though they didn't really enhance the andouille.

Louisiana cochon (aka pork cooked in a wood fire) with turnips cabbage and cracklins. The sauce/broth it was sitting on was an umami masterpiece. Smoked beef brisket with potato salad was the best brisket or potato salad my wife and I had ever had. The macaroni and cheese casserole left us giddy.

The strawberry chiffon tart was delicious - full of fresh ripe strawberries and cream. The cornmeal pineapple upside down cake was a perfect 10 and left me in a state of bliss for a good couple of hours.

Reserve in advance, as this is a popular place!

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