Our first meal in New Orleans was at Cochon Restaurant and it was a good one. I picked it during our layover in Atlanta as I saw that it was only a ten minute walk from our hotel in New Orleans. It's also a highly recommended restaurant amongst all the people who have been before so it was a no-brainer. I immediately called for an early 6 p.m. reservation from the airport. When we showed up at 5:30 p.m., we got seated right away.
Being our first meal in New Orleans, we went all out with ordering all the good stuff. In the end, we finished everything, so stuffed it hurt but didn't regret it. Nothing a long walk back to the hotel couldn't fix.
We started with some wood-fired oysters with garlic chili oil and fried alligator with spicy mayo. Knowing we will be ordering mostly meat, I ordered a side of pickled cucumber to pair with the meal. Everything is pretty salty but I can say that about pretty much everything we ate in New Orleans. I would suggest ordering a side of salad or rice to balance your palette out. Drinking a lot of water is good too. Other than saltiness, you will get plenty of flavors and spice. There is so much flavor in each bite, it's pretty awesome. We continued with some chili braised pork cheeks, smoked ham hock and rabbit with dumplings (pretty much just cornbread). There was no space for dessert...
|Wood fired oysters|
|Chili braised pork cheeks|
|Smoked ham hock|
|Rabbit and dumplings (cornbread)|