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Sep 28, 2011 07:54 PM

Last three days in New Orleans -- long report

The conference continued...

Friday (In Which I Buy Chef Link a New Vacation Home):
Breakfast -- Cochon Butcher. Went to ask a question about taking their product on a plane, left w/ an open face sandwich of toasted bread and pate, and a little container of pickles.

Lunch – Cochon again. We shared the crab crab, hush puppies, fried alligator, and fried rabbit livers. The also kindly brought me pickles from Cochon Butcher. My entrée was the Louisiana cochon with turnips and cracklins. So many wonderful textures and porky goodness. We had the peanut brittle brownie ice cream sandwich and peach ice cream for dessert. That brownie sandwich delight was worth the calories.

Cocktails – Cochon Butcher. These folks know me by name at this point. Had drinks, charcuterie plate and cheese plate. Just perfect. Superb cocktails, great food, good vibe, wonderful afternoon.

Dinner – Meson 923. This was the only meal I didn’t plan, and I’m so glad I tried this place. The food was light, creative, and a nice change. Still full from the previous three meals, I had only an app of ricotta gnudi. With crab, bacon and strawberries, this meal was refreshing and well-balanced. My friend’s duck tortellini in duck consommé soup was intensely flavorful. She raved about it so much that our waiter brought the table another bowl to share. No charge!

Breakfast – Café du Monde. Early morning business meeting with two colleagues. Lovely when we first arrived, claustrophobic by the time we left.

Lunch – Cochon Butcher. By now, friends know that they are likely to find me here and I’m starting to smell like smoked meat. Went with 2 friends who hadn’t been here yet so we shared 3 sandwiches (bacon melt, roasted turkey, and the Gambino) and sides (brussels sprouts, corn and bean salad, mac and cheese). Such a damn fine sandwich place. All were perfect.

Dinner – Clancy’s. Small group of old friends, wonderful space, great food. Wonderful night. Started with the oysters with brie. Good, but perhaps too rich. The angel hair pasta with tomatoes and crabmeat was great, a nice change. My dessert was my favorite of the trip – a butterscotch pudding topped w/ caramel sauce. Perfect texture, intense yet balanced flavors.

2 am – Lucky Dog!!!!!!

To go – Cochon Butcher. Picked up sausages and pates for my husband. Picked up several bottles of the sweet potato habanero hot sauce as gifts, t-shirt for my husband, and the Abita mustard. The guys there comped me a hot sauce and bacon praline, and then we did a shot together.

For the airplane – Mother’s. Jambalaya and debris soaked biscuit. Everyone around me was jealous.

I'm going on a detox now, but it was all worth it! Thanks, New Orleans, for such a wonderful time. Looking forward to returning in a few weeks.

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. OK, I think the fried chicken day was a little over the top. And you need to go back to Cochon Butcher because you missed their best sandwich, Cold Roast Beef with horseradish and arugala. Sounds like a great week. Hope it was on the company card.

    Cochon Butcher
    930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: shanefink

      On Fried Chicken Day, I had forkfuls of food from others' plates instead of full meals for myself. So not quite as horrifying as it sounds. But yes, it was over the top. Company trip, yes!

    2. now if this were to be a piece of fiction and I was a literary critic, I'd say there is an identifiable leitmotif in your narrative. (I gotta hit this place next time in NOLA) oh and yeah Cochon sounds interesting too.

      1. Please elaborate on the 2AM Lucky Dog..sounds intriguing ;)

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        1. re: Mytah

          Lucky Dog is a chain of dirty water dog carts found in the Quarter, best eaten late at night/early in the morning as a way to soak up the fruit punch/grain alcohol concoctions. I doubt that sober it's a great hot dog. But at 2 am, after reliving some of my favorite college mistakes, a Lucky Dog is the only thing that will do.

          1. re: mtbwustl

            Did it come with a wine pairing?

            1. re: Mytah

              Nope, but I did pair it w/ a half consumed and warm stale beer.

              1. re: mtbwustl

                Thanks for the two reports, I'm a local and I'm still envious at your exploits! How did you function at your conference?! CB is one of my favorites, but I realize that it's actually been a while since I've been. How were the crowds? In my experience it's best to go at a really "off" time so as to avoid that line/crush of people taking up the tables.

                1. re: sanglier

                  I barely went to the convention center, instead holding meetings at Butcher when possible. The crowds at Butcher were worse from 11:30-2 and all day Saturday. Regardless, still worth waiting for.

            2. re: mtbwustl

              Sober, it's one bite and in the trash.

              1. re: mtbwustl

                I disagree. sober, they're still chilli hotdogs and theyre still fine. what do you expect them to be?

                and they aren't dirty. it's street food, people. ever been on the subway? that's dirty.

                1. re: kibbles

                  'dirty water dog' is an accepted NYC term for boiled street cart dogs, it's not necessarily a comment on the quality...

                  1. re: hill food

                    Theres nothing wrong with lucky dogs. .they are what they are.

                  2. re: kibbles

                    Really, the hot dogs themselves are cheap, low quality and taste like crap. The buns are thick and doughy. Sabretts from a cart in NY are actually a quality product. I purchase them in bulk on trips home.

                    Just b/c it's street food, it shouldn't bee an inferior product. (case in point, the Que Crawl truck).

              2. thanks for your reports. living vicariously through your trip. one of my last trips, i went to cochon three times in 5 days. that was before butcher was open. can't wait to try it next time i go.

                1. haven't had a lucky dog. when i am drunk and looking to eat, i go to verti marte. good grub and top it off with a hubigs pie.