I miss New Orleans.
I lived there for four years during college. Realistically, I could never live there now. But I would never give up the time I spent there. And I hadn't been back since Katrina, so it was nice to visit, spend money and support the city.
I'm always telling myself that we have progressive and innovative food here in Orlando. And I believe that, until I do some traveling and explore restaurants in other cities. Picture The Ravenous Pig. But literally ten times more creative in both food and atmosphere. That is Cochon.
Located in the Warehouse district in NOLA, this place was absolutely hopping. All the tables were full when we arrived at 8:30, and all the tables were full when we left two hours later.
For my started I ordered the Mushroom Salad. If you haven't noticed, I've been on a bit of a mushroom kick recently. And this salad really quenched my thirst for the fungi. Tossed with lemons, hunks of fresh mint and parsley and fried beef jerky, this salad was fantastic. I have to admit that I've never thought about how delicious the flavors of beef jerky and lemon could be (really, who has?). But it was freaky good. It was a huge portion and with the rich earthiness of the mushrooms I was only able to eat about half.
I ordered one of the specials for my entree....mainly because the server described it as a "play on pork and beans". Braised Pork Shoulder with Stewed Peanuts. Sounds crazy, yes? It was....crazy delicious! The pork was very tender and a perfect pairing with the soft-ish peanuts. Yum, Yum, Yum.
To be blunt, this place rocked. I loved every bit of it and would recommend that if you're ever in NOLA that you give it a shot.