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Cochon. It Means Pig.

And thatís a lot of what we ate at Cochon, Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewskiís hip new restaurant. That is, except for the alligator.

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Cochon opened in spring, 2006 ó six months after Katrina. Itís Cajun food, all gussied up. The restaurant and its environs are sort of like that, too. The the neighborhood looks a little gritty from the outside ó

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ó but the restaurant is all fancy-pants:

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H and Boo:

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Oh, look! Another photo of Greg and me at a table! (Look for a lot of those this trip.)

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Le menu:

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The essentials of life:

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As you can see, the bread was very rich and buttery.

So we started with that alligator. It was terrific. It has almost a Thai spice to it.... perhaps it was sirarcha? And then it was balanced with the sweetness of the vidalia onions on top. The meat itself had a great texture... like lobster tail but without the stringiness.

We also had hot sausage with grits, roasted peppers and Creole cream cheese:

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Creamy, but with the pop and spice of the sausage. Real nice.

The boucherie plate:

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Yes, we were having all things pork. All of it was fabublous. Tasso was on there, and lardo and a pate and a terrine....

And the gumbo:

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Maybe I donít get gumbo? This one tasted muddy to me. I didnít like it. And the egg was a little hard to share among four people.

We were still able to do a pretty good job:

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Boo is happy.

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Mmmm, strawberry and pear cobbler with sweet ginger buscuits:

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Lemon-Buttermilk pie:

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Delicious.

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15:42:00 on 01/18/08 by liz - Category: Restaurants

Comments

lbabs wrote:

that shot of H and Boo is hilarious.....grits, no thank you.

01/30/08 11:47:52

Boo wrote:

Lordy, how I miss that there gator. He was mighty tasty.

01/30/08 19:26:32

mothergoose wrote:

Just came from there on Monday night. We LOVED the gumbo. The roux was thick, with a great depth of flavor. I sometimes don't like gumbo because it is too sweet tomato-y. This wasn't. Sorry Lizzy, we thought it was the best ever. We agree that the deviled egg didn't add much, but it was fun to look at. We also loved the jalepeno spoonbread with black eyed peas and okra, although it could have had a little more kick. The piece de resistance was the ham hock with lima bean hoppin-john. Smoky, tender, like osso bucco, and with a mint vinegarette on top. YUM!!!

Can't wait for August tomorrow night.

02/11/08 21:53:09

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