Warehouse District “swine bar” and butcher shop with sandwich counter and deli – Cochon Butcher finds inspiration in “old world meat markets” and in Louisiana heritage foods such as Cajun specialties boudin, andouille, and tasso.
Join me at the bar for my latest of 18 New Orleans Eats as I tuck into a mightily tasty lunch?
With its kitsch and Star Wars heavy accouterments adoring the wall behind the bar and a piped-through yet pumping soundtrack of hard rock and honky tonk, grabbing a bite or having a cold one at Cochon Butcher is a lowbrow affair. But that doesn’t mean what you sup and sip won’t be made (quite possibly in shop) to a high quality and exacting standards.
Case in point: Le Pig Mac. Comprised of “two all pork patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickle, onion on a sesame bun,” the burger is a time tested flavour combo, handmade with the finest local ingredients. I savoured every piggy bite of mine.
On the same point, charcuterie was best I’ve had outside Europe. If you’re in town craving a taste of local craft meats, this is the place to do your nibbling. It’s a smart destination for good beer too. I loved puckering up for a pint of tart and funky locally brewed Arabella sour beer from NOLA Brewing Company. But it was a tough choice coming to that one of many craft beers on tap and in bottle.
Cochon Butcher is the work of chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, partners in pork at upscale restaurant Cochon, which shares a wall with the Butcher as well as a more refined but equally gourmand mission to serve Louisiana cuisine in a gracious manner.
Cochon Butcher is located at 930 Tchoupitoulas Street, 70130. Find out more at cochonbutcher.com.
Save room for the next post! I’ll be back soon with more in my series about New Orleans in 18 Eats.