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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lunch at Cochon Butcher and the New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio

is a sandwich/takeout shop in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans, LA. CB is part of the Link restaurant group in the area which includes a number of James Beard Foundation awardee chefs and restaurants. These awards are sort of Oscars in the culinary world, and are generally a very good sign.

As the astute reader may guess, the cuisine at CB features meats, and really, really good ones. Not only are they really, really good, but all made in house which to me makes them even better.

As you walk in they take your order from the counter

from either the Dine In Menu, Take Out Menu, Wine, Beer Or Cocktail menus or their amazing selection of House Made Meats and Sausages.

There are also a number of condiments one can purchase as well.

I know you can click on the above links to see the various menus, but I wanted to post the one for the house made meats and sausages. There are not many places that have a selection of in house made items such as these.

O.K., enough of my rantings but I thought these offerings were really cool

If eating in, you walk into the dining area,

place your order number on your table

and wait for your server to bring your order.

My dining companion (DC) and I tried an number of things that day. The first was the Boudin.

Boudin can be a combination of "something" and rice in a sausage casing, especially in Louisiana, and this was a cut above. Here is one fellow bloggers Take on it. The in house made pickles and stone ground mustard were exceptional.

DC and I then moved onto the duck pastrami sliders.

This was unbelievably delicious, the smokiness of the duck combining perfectly with Gruyere cheese.

Round three was their version of a Muffuletta sandwich. This sandwich originated in the Central Grocery of New Orleans and used to be great. Unfortunately, with the originators, it's long on the bread and short on the muffuletta.

CB's version was anything but that.

Mortadella, Cappicola, salami, Provolone cheese and olive salad are placed inside a sesame seed bun. Again, served with those great in house pickles. This brought back memories of what a muffuletta sandwich should be.

Brussels sprouts that were flash fried and splashed with sherry vinegar and chilies were also ordered and were very good.

I have almost no sweet tooth but DC does and DC ordered a piece of Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

Totally decadent, layers of chocolate, peanut butter, cream cheese, heavy cream and nuts. I tried a bit of it and it was good, but I am not one for dessert. DC loved it though.

We also bought some of the deer sausage to go. Moist, smoked and all you could say was great!

On the way out the Joint Was Jumping.

Another very good sign.

To walk off all this really great food DC and I decided to check out the nearby New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio.

I was there years ago and hoped to catch some of the artists in action.

Unfortunately, there was nothing going on that day, the ovens were off and the artists were nowhere to be found.

We did get to see some of the fruits of their labor which were very nice.

I was told the next time to call ahead for a schedule of the glass blowing demonstrations. C'est La Guerre.

The food at Cochon Butcher was great. DC said it was the best place ever. I thought it came close. The flavors and selection of the meats were amazing. All in a very affordable, casual atmosphere. Definitely a revisit when back in New Orleans.

That's that for another post on Forks.

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

The New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio
727 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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