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Sep 29, 2009 11:38 AM

Two and a half days in New Orleans

I was a lurker and garnered info for a long weekend in New Orleans and thought I would share my results.

Two of us met on Friday afternoon for a weekend of food and fun. I, a confirmed ominvore, and she a picky almost vegetarian (only chicken, turkey, and bacon for "real" meat).

Based on my readings here and a few other resources I chose the following:

Bon Ton, Friday night dinner. I had the Redfish Bon Ton and it was tremendous. She had the vegetarian jambalya, which she termed flavorful but boring.

Saturday morning found us at Clover Grill for a good hearty breakfast. Nothing extraordinary. Lunch at Johnny's where I had the smoked sausage Po' Boy and she had the grilled chicken Po'Boy-lot's of food, probably should have split something as it almost made our 8:30 seating at Cochon uncomfortable.

Ah, Cochon. As a confirmed lover of the pig, I was in heaven. The cochon was fabulous as was the chef's spontaneously created veggie dish based on Buttermilk Squash. Sides were excellent and my last meal request may in fact be the dessert of home made Mint Chocolate Icecream. It was as if I was gardening and brushed up against the mint, it was so fresh.

Sunday, based on our over eating the day before we chose to skip lunch. So the day started at the Old Coffee Pot. Excellent meals both, well prepared and tasty. Dinner was at Green Goddess. Appetizers were very very nice, well porportioned and tasty. I had the Bison-Bacon Meatloaf which was excellent, slightly smoky, and very flavorful. She had the Tomato Oscar, which she termed the best meal of her life. Dessert was baked peaches with bacon and blue cheese-divine. Closed by Loganberry liquer with whipped cream.

All in all an excellent weekend, great sights, great meals, not enough time. I hadn't been there in 30 years and I will not wait 30 more to return.

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  1. Thank you for the review. As for her choices, well "bacon" is the foundation of my "food pryamid," so I can see that, and I am a full-fledged omnivore.

    Sorry that Bon Ton was not a winner all around. My wife and I had loved it for many years, but have not been back in decades.

    Maxie's (oh wait, I forgot), Old Coffee Pot is a fav. for breakfast and also for people-watching on St. Peter St in the AM. I try to not miss it, on each trip back.

    We love Cochon, and I am glad that they did not disappoint. We try to fit them in on every other trip.

    Glad you had a good time,


    1. next trip, since you like mint choc chip, go to Martinique Bistro. they make their own ice cream in house. so minty fresh!

      1. How did your quasi-vegetarian enjoy Cochon? I'm going to New Orleans next month and will be with some of the same ilk and wonder if Cochon would be an all around crowd pleaser.

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        1. re: PeterB

          She loved it. We had sides, which were easy, and the chef whipped a veggie dish that was excellent. It was by request and no problem.

        2. I have to say that "a picky almost vegetarian (only chicken, turkey, and bacon for "real" meat)." is one of the funniest things I've read in some time.

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          1. re: kukubura

            I too think it is odd and cannot for the life of me understand the logic. Something about cows being cute, chickens and turkeys ugly, and bacon tasty. Oh and then there's the occasional slice of Tri Tip-never Filet Mignon, never New York Strip, just one slice of Tri-tip. I've decided as long as we can go to places like Cochon and both be happy, then I won't try to understand. It's better than when she was full milatant veggie....

            1. re: Coronel301

              Cochon was indeed excellent. The panned pork cheeks were a category unto themselves-kind of if you crossed bacon with pot roast. The quasi-vegetarian had the oyster BLT and wants to come back and have it again.