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Herbsaint or Cochon or Butcher

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Coming to NOLA in June - first time back since Katrina hit. Trying to reacquaint myself with the dining scene.....

Is it worth going to all of Donald Link's restaurants while we are there or do we just go to one....and if we only go to one, what is your recommendation??

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Pam, I have been going to Herbsaint regularly for its 10-year existence and consider it the most consistent restaurant in New Orleans. By that I mean you can always count on good food, especially the specials, good service, interesting wine list, all at a fair price. Cochon is excellent in its own right but more down-home in terms of food and atmosphere. For instance, it features different small-batch bourbons and moonshines, while you won't see that at Herbsaint (looking at the menus at their websites will illustrate what I'm saying). Butcher is wonderful but not a place to go in lieu of the other two, just to pop in and maybe get a nosh. If you ate at all 3, it wouldn't be redundant. But of the 3, I'm an Herbsaint man.

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Herbsaint
    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    2 Replies
    1. re: sanglier

      what is a nosh?

      edit: ah. a light snack. never heard this one before.

      1. re: kibbles

        You can use it as a verb as well.

    2. Herbsaint.... that being said, i find cochon and herbsaint to be very different options. Cochon will be a cool experience where you will be sure to try something you normally wouldnt find on another menu. Herbsaint is clean food, interesting yet true to nola flavors & alittle more refined in presentation and options. I personally like the menu at herbsaint better but cochon could be a fun experience. Bucher is def a nosh place, and its sort of a heavy greasy porky nosh.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Herbsaint
      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130