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Only one night in NOLA! Help us decide: Cochon, Coquette, Herbsaint, or Bayona

My partner and I are visiting NOLA for a quick one-night getaway (first couple time away from our 15 month twins) and need help deciding where to go for dinner. We're planning on visiting August for lunch the next day, so that's not on our dinner list (unless popular opinion is to go there for dinner and elsewhere for lunch).

We eat most foods (including a wide variety of meats) and enjoy innovative and thoughtful fare. We currently live in NYC and are visiting family in Mississippi, so decided to visit our favorite southern getaway. Some of our favorite recent meals in NY have been at Momofuku Ko, Degustation, Traif and our corner taco truck.

If you're up for indulging us, please tell us your top choice out of this list.

thanks!
KRINJH

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. I think it was Bruni that called Cochon "Momofuko on the Mississippi." You really don't have anything like it in New York. It gets my vote.

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. I found Cochon quite over rated. Although the ingredients are certainly high end, there's no excitement in the dishes they create. Almost bland, IMO. Which is ironic, because I consider their sister eatery Cochon Butcher a fantastic sandwich and appetizer place. Much more pizazz for your palette.

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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: David11238

        +1 on the underwhelming food of Cochon. I'd suggest Bayona in the courtyard if an option or Coquette.

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

      2. You may not get a concensus as each has its fans. Of that list I would do Bayona, especially if you are staying in the FQ. I think it is a nice package for a single night getaway.

        But if "innovative" is the priority it would be Couchon.

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        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. I have not tried Bayona or Cochon but tried Herbsaint a couple of weeks ago and was not impressed. i did post about the places I tried including Herbsaint.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. Thanks for your recommendations! You guys helped me narrow down the decision to Cochon or Bayona. Since Cochon only has a 5pm reservation available, we've decided to go with Bayona and get to the city early enough to go to Cochon Butcher for lunch.

            Thanks again! We're looking forward to visiting.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            Bayona
            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

            Cochon Butcher
            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: krinjh

              I would vote against Cochon myself. I can get country food at home. Ms. Spicer will show you a good time. Good luck.

              1. re: Littleman

                well, the OP is from NYC, so i wouldnt necessarily decide on that advice -- doubt they have much rural LA cooking back home. Bayona is good, but as far as good times go it is in no way a fun or lively place...i like the food but the music and decor and reminds me of a funeral parlor.

                1. re: kibbles

                  You make a good point..I've said before that Cochon for me is a city-fied (and more expensive) version of stuff I get at webster's in Cecelia or Best Stop or wherever. but if you don;t get out of town--or are visiting--its a good sampling.

                  Gotta say I prefer some funeral parlors to music and hollerin' though.

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              2. re: krinjh

                Pass on Cochon. Go to Coquette.

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                Cochon
                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              3. Definitely try Coquette! The food is amazing! It was recommended to me by a website called Area-Daily and I'm so grateful for that suggestion.. best advice!