Category Archives: New Orleans

[New Orleans] Cochon

930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70195
(504) 588-2123
 
 
 
I found Cochon on Yelp, due to its stellar reviews.  What really drew me in was the fried alligator.  I’ve never had alligator before, and thought this would be a good place as any to try it for the first time.  Cochon is just a few blocks down from Emerils but unlike Emerils, it’s not full of tourists.  But, do make a reservation, since the restaurant gets pretty packed.
 
 
The decor is all wood.  Very simple and clean.  I like!
 
The 1 page menu.  Lots of interesting dishes!
 
The restaurant has its own hot sauce
 
Started off with the wood fire oyster roast.  Somehow the oysters are just huge in New Orelans!  The sauce was tangy and spicy but was great with the oysters.  Delish!  $10
 
The crawfish étouffée.  Pretty mild flavor, definitely not what I was expecting, but good.  The ones I’ve had in LA are creamy versus this version from Cochon.  $12
 
The fried alligator with chili garlic aioli.  The presentation was really nice, but alligator tastes like tough pork and not much flavor.  Fail.  $10.
 
Braised pork cheeks with sauerkraut potato cakes, apple sauce and goat feta.  The pork cheeks were very tender and nicely flavored, and was balanced out by the potato cakes. Mmm…  $11.
 

[New Orleans] Mothers Restaurant

401 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 523-9656

 
 
 
One of my coworkers highly recommended this place, when he found out I was going to New Orleans.  He said that it was a really good place for cajun food like po-boys and gumbo.  Upon my arrival, the shuttle driver also claimed that Mother’s is a New Orleans institution, so I knew I had to stop by.
 
Mothers is on the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas, just a few blocks from the French Quarter.  You can’t miss it – it’s a stand-alone brick building. They also serve breakfast!  Prepare to wait – normally there is a line out the door.
 
The statistics are pretty amazing!  The menu is enormous, ranging from lots of different po-boys, to Étouffée, to fried chicken, seafood platters, etc.
 

Diners style – daily specials and menu is up on the board.  Get in line to pay first, then take a seat.  After you take a seat, remember to hand your receipt to a waitress, so that they will bring you your order!  Otherwise, you’ll be waiting and waiting… and waiting…

 

Cup of the seafood gumbo comes with bread.  The seafood gumbo had oysters, shrimp, etc and really rich of shrimp head stock.  Yum!  $6.25

 

Fried chicken was also excellent – fresh fried to order! Juicy, crispy and not dry.  Just beware of the 30 minute wait for the chicken though!  Yes, it really does take 30 minutes… maybe they’re slaughtering the chicken as you order?  This is the 1/4 chicken, which comes with 2 sides (cabbage, turnip greens, fries, potato salad, grits with butter, or red beans & rice).  This is with the fries and greens and as you can see, the portions are pretty generous.  $11

 

[New Orleans] Restaurant August

301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 299-9777

 
I would say that this is the best meal I had in New Orleans… and probably the best lunch I’ve had in a while.  🙂
 
One rule of thumb for me, before I splurge on a fancy dinner, is to try out the restaurant’s lunch menu first.  Usually, a lot of high-end restaurants offer a prix fixe lunch specials, which you get to sample at a considerably lower price than the dinners.  When I started researching about New Orleans, Yelp highly recommended Restaurant August for its prix fixe lunch.  At only $20.12 (I think the price corresponds with the current year) which includes appetizer, entree and dessert, it really is a steal.  So that’s how I happened to stumble upon this gem.
 
Restaurant August has all of the components of a great restaurant – excellent service, great food, awesome food presentation and stately grandeur.  The waiter actually seats you (pulls your chair out and scoot it in), places the linen napkin on your lap and changes the silverware with each entree.  When you return to your seat from the restroom, they seat you again and place the napkin on your lap again. This is the first restaurant that I’ve been to, where the waiter is a different person from the food server.   And they’ll actually inquire about how you like the food.  So, without further ado, onto the food!
 
 
Compliments of the kitchen!  The restaurant started me off with a seafood custard, in eggshell, topped with caviar and truffle fry.  So delicious!
 
Fresh baked bread.  Soft and moist. Mmmm….
 
Iced tea, southern style – automatically comes with cream and sugar!  Nicely brewed with free refills  $2.95
 
I wasn’t sure about the portion on the prix fixe menu, so I ordered an additional appetizer, just in case.  Gnocchi with blue crab and black truffle.  The gnocchi is handmade, and pillowy-soft.  The flavors all blended well together. Great choice!  $18
 
Prix fixe appetizer:  strawberry salad tossed with aged balsamic and pistachio butter, with goat cheese croquette.  One of the more unusual salads I’ve had.  I must say, I never knew strawberries and pistachio butter could be such a wonderful combo.  Yum yum….
 
Prix fixe entrée:  crispy pork belly with pear and radish.  I was a bit worried when I saw this dish, since I thought it was going to taste very fatty.  Surprisingly, when I bit into the pork, I could only taste the crunchiness and the pork essence.  The middle layer was chewy and not squirting with fat.  I wonder how they cook it…
 
Prix fixe dessert:  “Affogato” – milk gelato with brownie bites and coffee cream. Mmmm….
 
Just when I thought the meal was over, the server brought me another compliments of the kitchen:  fresh-made peanut brittle and passion-fruit puree truffle.  So much thought goes into making the dining experience a great one!  🙂