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Lunch at Cochon Butcher-Again

By on Jun 3, 2012, 9:32 pm in Restaurants, Travel | 5 comments

Cochon Butcher

Cochon Butcher, too


It seems that visits to New Orleans nowadays must include a trip to Cochon Butcher. 


I’ve been stopping in for lunch at Cochon Butcher since I was first introduced to the fabulous little deli/charcuterie- or as they call it Swine Bar- tucked away behind its grownup big brother of a restaurant Cochon, by my friend, Deborah Cotton during a visit in 2009, and every trip since then has included a stop by there.


You know you’re not in So Cal anymore when the entire menu celebrates meat- and particularly pig meat, all of the wines are Spanish (not a Californian in the bunch and I can always get a great Rosé there), and the beers are mostly brewed within 50 miles of NOLA.


I had the excellent Bahn Mi on my first trip, and Deb and I shared some of their luscious caramelized onion dip to go with the home made potato chips that accompany most of the sandwiches. The Bahn Mi was so good, that I had to have it again when I was there last summer at IFBC NOLA. After the conference tied up on Sunday around noon, new blogger friends Lynn Stallworth of Another Marvelous Meal, Dani Mardayat of Romancing the Scone and I headed over for a hearty, swiney lunch. No surprise- we ran into fellow IFBC’ers Christen Mills Leatherman and her hubby, James Leatherman of Cooking with Christen there. Yep, Cochon Butcher is just that good. 


Lynn had a mighty fine looking Charcuterie plate that day, and Dani had the Pork Belly Sandwich. I, being a creature of habit- well, that, and the fact that it’s just so damn good, had the Bahn Mi again. 


Cochon Butcher's Charcuterie Plate
Charcuterie Plate

Pork Belly Sandwich from Cochon Butcher
Pork Belly Sandwich

Bahn Mi from Cochon Butcher
Bahn Mi

Fortunately-or unfortunately- depending on how you look at it, the Bahn Mi wasn’t on the menu on my latest visit, so I had to give something else a try. This time it was the Cubano sandwich, and a few days later the Pulled Pork Sandwich- mostly because of the great looking Potato Salad that came with it.  Oh- and they do serve meats other than pork. I stopped by on the way to the airport and picked up a Roast Beef Sandwich with Arugula and lots of Horseradish Mayonnaise to fortify myself for the flight home.

While I waited for my order, I couldn’t help but notice all those people dining on the Pancetta Mac and Cheese. Sigh… next time. 


Cubano Sandwich from Cochon Butcher
Cubano sandwich

Wine list at Cochon Butcher



Cochon Butcher on Urbanspoon


  1. So they are not serving it anymore at all, or just weren’t that day? I’ve been wanting to try theirs!

  2. @ Christen- They said the Bahn Mi was a special that comes and goes, but it was on the menu 2 out of 3 times that I’ve been there. I sure hope it comes back. I had a really lousy one off a food truck here in L.A.

    Avatar Gisele aka LA2LAChef

    June 4, 2012

  3. Yum. I am 2 hours east in MS right now but will gave to do without.

    Avatar Lynn

    June 4, 2012

  4. I love your website. I found it while looking up recipes for Gumbo on the net, and I stumbled upon your site. I have forwarded it to friends and relatives so that we can get Louisiana cuisine right, even if we never make it there to experience the flavors first hand. You have really blessed me beyond measure.Toni

    Avatar Dwight

    June 27, 2012

  5. Toni, thank you for your kind words. I really hope you will get there to experience Louisiana first hand.

    Avatar Gisele aka LA2LAChef

    June 27, 2012

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