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Cochon versus Jacque-Imo?

Hi, we've just returned from a trip to New Orleans. We ate at Cochon and thought it was fantastic; lots of ooohs and aaaahs and smiles at our table. For our family, it was really a perfect and extremely memorable meal.

Here's my problem: we never made it to Jacque-Imo's. And now I'm reading all of these fabulous reviews and having major restaurant regret. Guess, I'll have to come back -- and prepare to get in line.

How would people say that Cochon and Jacque-Imo's compare? When we were in New Orleans we ate at Felix, Court of Two Sisters, Mothers, Adelaides in the Lowes hotel, Rio Mar and as far as I am concerned only Adelaides came close to Cochon. We thought Cochon was great.

Did I really miss something amazing by not going to Jacque-Imo's?

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Not really, Cochon is on another level.

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. Cochon is awesome food! Jacques Imo was a great time.... more entertainment - apples/oranges!
      The music next door was great too.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. Charlie nailed it. Cochon's food is light years better than Jacques Imo's. JI's atmosphere is more festive I would say, mainly because Jack is often in there doing crazy stuff and everyone has gotten drunk in their 2 hour wait to be seated. The only reasons I can think of for going to JI's are the fried chicken, the free spinach salad, and the alligator cheesecake. You made the right choice.

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: N.O.Food

          yeah pretty much. that being said -- ive been to JI half a dozen times in the same time its taken me to go to Cochon twice. JI's location on Oak is a good one.

          1. re: kibbles

            I'm the opposite..I'll go to JI if someone from out-of-town insists but I like the stuff at Cochon better. And as I have said before, I get out to the parishes enough that I get plenty of pig to suit me elsewhere so truly Idon;t getto Cochon that often. I would recommend it over JI, though

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: hazelhurst

              This is great information. Thank you all so much !! I'm feelin' better about our choices.

              I think that the atmosphere at Cochon suited our family well -- we might not have been able to handle the wait and the atmosphere at JI, given that my husband wasn't feeling too well on the trip. I saw a recipe for alligator cheesecake, so maybe I'll get that in.

              Really appreciate the information. I'll hold on to my amazing memories of the meal at Cochon. Even have a hat to advertise Cochon !!!

              Thanks again !!

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: Regymos

                If you had a great, memorable meal at Cochon, then why second-guess it after the fact? You'll never go to every good restaurant in NOLA, so no need to try. The places you haven't been to yet just give you a good excuse to go back!

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                Cochon
                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. re: ml77

                  No second guessing here !! Just trying to figure out what I missed by not going to both Cochon AND JI. Cochon will go down in family history as one of the best restaurant meals ever. One that we will always remember. From the reviews, JI seemed memorable to others, and I was just trying to understand the differences between the two. I think I have a good picture now. Thanks !!

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        2. Clearly, I am in the minority but I just don't particularly care for the food at Cochon. I live two blocks away in the warehouse district and I like the butcher shop. However, after several visits to the restaurant, I've given up on trying to like this place. Its not your typical New Orleans' food but I just don't think its that good. Both restaurants are over-rated and I agree that comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges. But based on food alone (spices & flavor), I choose Jacques Imo, hands down! I always know what I'm getting and my guest are always thrilled.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. re: nolagirlincali

            We passed by Butcher and the menu looked really good. I'd definitely try that, too.

            1. re: nolagirlincali

              I'm with you 100%. I've been to Cochon several times and everyone raves about it, but I don't get it. I also love the Butcher, especially their roast beef sandwich and brussel sprouts. I brought out of town guests to Jacques Imos a few weeks ago and it was the best its been in years. Even the service was on point. Both the mahi dishes were amazing.

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            2. My DH and I are heading to NoLa next week for a family visit and vacation. We can't get enough of Cochon. We first at at Cochon Butcher in 2009 after reading an article in the Gambit about their hot dog (seriously good dog). During our visit in September 2010 we ate at Cochon Butcher twice for lunch and had dinner once at Cochon. The dinner at Cochon was amazing. Great service and great food. IMHO, Jacque-Imo's is more of a tourist trap and Tulane hang out. The food is OK, but it is really crowded and noisy. You made the right dining decision.

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              Cochon Butcher
              930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              1. re: Gumbogirl

                despite it not being everyone's cup of tea, i would not call JI a tourist trap. no more than i would Commander's. id wager most patrons on a given nite are from the area.

                1. re: kibbles

                  I agree...and I'd say the Tulane contingent is fairly heavy.