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Dick & Jenny's or Cochon for a Friday dinner?

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  • mikeh Mar 25, 2010 10:40 AM
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The rest of my upcoming trip to New Orleans is set, but it's come down to a choice between these two for my last unfilled meal slot. Eating at one will likely preclude me from eating at the other. So, of the two, which would you choose and why? or are they too imperfect of substitutes to compare directly like this? (to me, their menus seem fairly similar).

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. Apples/oranges. My preference is D&J. I have always been underwhelmed at Cochon. I After several visits of trying to like it, I don't intend to return. Get to D&J when they open and sit in the front (plate) rooms. Their food is consistently good. Other good options: Lilette, Coquette, Patois.

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Lilette
    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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    1. re: JazzyB

      +1 for D&J's. I like Cochon, but I really like D&J's.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. I've been to D & J's twice a good while ago and loved the food, but we haven't been back because we don't want to have to be there at 5 (and couldn't be anyway) to have any hope of not having a very long wait. And since we don't like to eat dinner early anyway, it never works out for us. (The two times we went, we were eating by 6.) And a Friday, I suspect, would be especially bad for the wait. (Hate those "no reservations" policies!) If you don't mind that, you will likely love the food. It is very good.

      But so, imho, is Cochon (I really like Donald Link's cooking), and you can make a reservation, relax, and not feel rushed. I know JazzyB and others here aren't crazy about Cochon, but a lot of people who come to NO wanting a taste of Cajun cooking love Link's somewhat refined take on that cuisine. But you've got to like pork.

      I totally concur w/ JazzyB's other suggestions, esp. Coquette and Patois.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: nomadchowwoman

        Dick & Jenny's started taking reservations for parties of 5 or more earlier this year, right around when they opened up on Monday nights.

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        Dick & Jenny's
        4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

        1. re: phyllisstein

          Yes, I know, but I got the impression that the OP isn't coming w/ a lg. group.

          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            Correct. Just coming as a couple. Is it really important to show up right at 5 and not, say, 5:30?

            1. re: mikeh

              They do take walk up reservations day of. If you have a car and other things you want to do uptown, you could talk to the hostess at 4:30, 5 and come back later.

              FWIW, though, I prefer Cochon. They really are different though, Cochon being more unique, I feel.

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        2. re: nomadchowwoman

          We had dinner last evening at D & J's and much preferred it over our meal earlier this week at Cochon. Gumbo and cornbread were truly excellent; we could not keep our hands off our son's sweet potato fries. Also much preferred the neighborhood feel to the place - was a truck to get out there from Poydras but well worth it.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: aoakes4

            Glad you liked it. I did too. My only gripe is that they won't take reservations for small parties.

        3. We need the best gumbo in NO for an upcoming trip at the end of April. Best gumbo-bar none-off the charts-killer dark roux-authentic as it gets-kind of gumbo! Anyone know anywhere we can get this kind? Can be multiple places. Been to La Petite Grocery, Mulates, Cochon, Cafe Adelaide, K Paul & one other Uptown. Suggestions, please!

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          1. re: stylingjan

            Are you by any chance going to JazzFest? If so, check out Prejean's booth for some of the best gumbo I've *ever* had: quail or duck (can't remember, doesn't matter, whatever comb., it's delicious)and pheasant and andouille gumbo. It is killer.

            The most recent *best* restaurant gumbo has been a duck-andouille gumbo at Herbsaint. But this isn't always on the menu.

            Also, Restaurant Patois (uptown) makes excellent gumbo.

            Gumbo YaYa (at Mr. B's) used to be my favorite in-town restaurant gumbo, but--although I haven't given up on it--the last two times I've had it, it has been disappointing. But I'm hoping those were just flukes.

            Do not miss Prejean's if you happen to go to JF!

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            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: nomadchowwoman

              Majorly seconding Patois

              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                Pheasant quail and andouille gumbo, I get it every day I am out there. Strangely, they do a festival up here and Prejeans came up and the gumbo was not near as good, like not even close.

                I was also very pleased with the gumbo I had one night at Dick and Jenny's, it was fantastic.

              2. re: stylingjan

                One on Hampson has the best duck gumbo.

              3. Dick and Jennys!!!!!! It is the best!!!!!! That is a definite!

                1. Cochon!

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130