When I travel, I always hope to find a balance with the type of restaurants I try. While I love to find places that are famous for particular dishes of cuisine, I also want to make sure I avoid the typical tourist traps.
I have no problem avoiding a Hard Rock Cafe or Joe’s Crab Shack, but there are many times when people wind up at the local equivalent of such a restaurant.
It’s always a great feeling when I can find a place that’s highly acclaimed, but not so popular or touristy that the locals decide it isn’t worth the trouble anymore.
Our experience was exactly what I look for most when traveling.
The atmosphere was hip, while casual. The food was high-quality, but affordable. And the menu was creative, yet simple and understandable.
I could tell we’d discovered a place that was very popular with locals. Many of the diners appeared to know the restaurant staff, and some parties even knew each other. If the locals are hoping to keep Cochon Butcher a secret, I can certainly understand why. But it'd be a tough secret to keep.
We tried a variety of small plates, which was filling but not as overwhelming as ordering multiple entrees.
Our dinner included the smoked pork ribs with scallions and slaw, hot boudin with spicy mustard, a pork belly sandwich with mint and cucumber on white bread, and housemade chips.
To be honest, they had me at smoked pork ribs.
The boudin was...interesting. I’m glad we tried it and thought it was a unique concept, but I don’t think it’s something I’d enjoy eating on a regular basis. The rice mixed in with the sausage was a strange texture, and the entire dish was very spicy for my tastes. That’s no fault of the restaurant - after all, it’s “Hot Boudin” for a reason. However, I’ll leave that dish for Miss Kay and the rest of the Robertson family.
It was a meal where we were able to try three distinctly unique types of pork, each one being prepared in a creative way. I loved everything about the experience and would love to go back again.