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Going to Cochon! What should I eat and what should I wear?

CEfromLA Jan 16, 2009 08:56 AM

I've put myself in charge of planning meals for our little group's upcoming trip and have made reservations at Cochon for the night we arrive!

What, in your opinion, are the BEST things on the menu?

Also, after flying in from Los Angeles, if we don't have to get dressed up, that would be great. So, is it casual? Jeans casual?

Thanks!

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    missylee Jan 16, 2009 09:10 AM

    Please someone answer. I want to know too! Come on...it's Friday, everyone should be wasting away the rest of the workday on the internet!

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      roro1831 Jan 16, 2009 09:52 AM

      Do a search on the NO board for Cochon, it's been written about a few times.

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      Hoc Jan 16, 2009 10:18 AM

      If you like Oysters, their wood-fired oysters are some of the best in town. Their Cochon is also good, and their blackened fish is good, as well. If they have their soft-shell crab with the cucumber salsa (sometimes they do, sometimes they don't), then you should get that.

      Pass on the gumbo. If you like hot sauce, their clear vinegar/pepper hot sauce is good.

      You'll be fine in jeans, but if you're going during peak time, reservations are a good idea.

      1. N.O.Food Jan 16, 2009 10:43 AM

        The alligator and grits are good. I like their gumbo, too. It's non-traditional, but good just the same.

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          expatorleanian Jan 16, 2009 12:38 PM

          If you like liver, don't miss the rabbit liver appetizer. The oyster and bacon sandwich, the eggplant and shrimp, lima beans are other favorites. I like to order the specials of the day too, for something different.

          1. Lyonola Jan 16, 2009 12:52 PM

            I took a group over there right before New Years. To make it easy on you and everyone involved. Just order one of everything from the boucherie and small plates menu. And then maybe a bowl of gumbo and one or two entrees. That should feed everyone. It will also give you an opportunity to try things you may not normally give consideration to.

            Casual is perfectly fine. Jeans are worn by about half the people in there. Cochon has been in my experience a restaurant that defies categorization. Sure it is down home Cajun, but it also has an understated elegance to it. Hope you enjoy it.

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              heavy d Jan 16, 2009 05:10 PM

              i have eaten there around 6 or 7 times and like these and a few specials that they had.

              fried boudin with pickled peppers
              spicy grilled pork ribs with watermelon pickle $9
              paneed pork cheeks with goat cheese arugula & beet rösti
              smoked beef brisket with horseradish potato salad
              oyster & bacon sandwich
              oven-roasted gulf fish “fisherman’s style” {when i went it was red fish and it was the best red fish i have ever had}
              i haven't been in a while and the menu seems to have changed a little bit

              http://www.cochonrestaurant.com/html/...

            2. edible complex Jan 17, 2009 07:55 AM

              you might want to watch this before going:
              http://www.hulu.com/watch/22904/after...

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                JazzyB Jan 17, 2009 09:21 AM

                The apps. are their best offerings. Entrees have been disappointing. I much prefer Link's other restaurant, Herbsaint. More upscale with a significantly better menu/food with only slightly higher price points. Dress: nice casual. (nice jeans/khakis, button down/polo ).

                1. mimadeli Jan 19, 2009 09:35 AM

                  if you want something for dessert, the pineapple upside down cake is awesome

                  they serve moonshine too!

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