New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 588 2123
Tel: 504 588 7675
Concierge.com's insider take:
Donald Link of Herbsaint fame opened this Warehouse District restaurant in the spring of 2006, and it's been one of the city's enduring "hot tickets" ever since. The menu is an homage to the rustic Cajun boucherie (meat market) tradition that Link grew up with in rural southern Louisiana. Start with the deep-fried rabbit liver appetizer or the meaty fried boudin balls (crispy globes of rice-based Cajun sausage). The entrées include a sophisticated take on catfish sauce piquante, a flawless presentation of a home-style Cajun dish. The airy, well-lit room—a former electrical warehouse—plays exposed brick off stylish blond wood, though the flat-seated chairs take their toll on the backside during longer meals. Link and partner Steven Stryjewski recently upped the ante with the addition of Cochon Butcher next door; it hawks house-cured meats and homemade pickles next to a "swine bar" that serves wines by the glass along with outstanding sandwiches and small plates (their single-serving muffuletta might be the best in town). Fans of Cochon's charcuterie selection—duck rillettes, salumi, and smoky andouille sausage—can pick up a pound or two to bring home.
Open Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 10 pm, Saturdays 5:30 to 10 pm.
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