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30 Restaurants: Cochon Butcher & Heard Dat Kitchen

Cochon Butcher Folks have been talking about “le Pig Mac” for years now. I finally tasted one. I’m still drooling at the thought of it. It was just like my favorite big mac of childhood (which I stopped eating after they started labeling their products with calories and I realized a big mac meal was like an entire day and a half’s worth of calories) but better. I couldn’t tell you if “Le Pig Mac” is just as high in calories, with pork patties instead of beef patties–it’s certainly more expensive than a big mac, at $10–but it was worth every bite. Not one single regret. I WILL be going back to eat it again.   Heard Dat Kitchen I don’t remember how I first heard about this place, but it’s gained a lot of traction through yelp and other reviews. It is a hole in the wall, every reviewer prepared you for that (although they’ve been working on their ambiance, and apparently just expanded to have a bigger dining area). But the food is …

30 Restaurants: Casa Borrega & Cavan

Neither of these places were on my original list of 30 restaurants, which has changed at least six times throughout the course of the year. But I’ve been dying to go to Casa Borrega, so it was silly for it not to be on there, and Cavan became an after the fact replacement. Casa Borrega There were so many options on the menu that I wanted to eat, I wish I had gone with more people who all got different things so I could taste them all. Or I can just go back multiple times (isn’t that the point of their business, to visit again?).  We started with some chips and queso, we were both really hungry by that point. For an entree I decided on the tostadas, one with chorizo and the other with lengua (beef tongue). Both were delicious! And it was more than enough food for $10. I got horchata to drink, also fantastic, so by the time I finished eating, there unfortunately wasn’t any room left for dessert. I was interested …

30 Restaurants: Angelo Brocato’s & Harbor Seafood

Angelo Brocato I had to wait to write this post because I had to go back a second time because I didn’t get what I intended to on the first trip. I really need to go a third time and try something else. Angelo’s is a well-known Italian dessert shop with gelato, coffee, cookies, cannoli, and other pastries. I’ve eaten the gelato there once in the first few years of living here. I remember it being good but I never went back. I think I just forgot about it and I typically go to Creole Creamery to go get ice cream (which I know is not the same as gelato). I added it to the list because it seemed a shame to love dessert as much as I do and not know their products as intimately as I know other places. Also, it could become my go-to shop when I get a craving for something sweet. On the first visit, I got their regular sized cannoli, filled half and half with vanilla and chocolate flavored …

30 Restaurants: Palace Café & Country Club

Palace Café This is a place I’ve passed by countless times–for a long time without ever giving it a thought as to whether I should eat there. A few years ago I started thinking that I really should make a plan to go and check it out, and stick around downtown for awhile, which isn’t something I do very often. It finally became a convenient thing to do once I’d made movie plans at Canal Place. I’d finish class around 5 PM, already be downtown, go to Palace Cafe for dinner, and then pop over to see Wakanda Forever! (i.e. Black Panther). I wasn’t terribly hungry when I came, so I just got a couple different appetizers and dessert. I started with the crabmeat cheesecake (which had a pecan crust, mushroom sauté, and creole meunière sauce)–I don’t know that I loved this, but it was interesting. I also got a cup of gumbo that was very good. For dessert we got Bananas Foster with the whole table side performance. It was cool and our waitress gave …

30 Restaurants: Munch Factory & Coco Hut

January was eating at black-owned restaurants. Munch Factory The Munch Factory recently moved from Gentilly to the Lower Garden District, which made my visit that much more likely. I decided to take myself on a date and dine alone while reading the Audre Lorde I reported on in a past post. This place is (sadly) one of fewer and fewer restaurants run and owned by New Orleans natives; particularly by young Black locals. It’s been called ‘contemporary Creole’ food, but I just call it damn delicious! I didn’t get to try much during this visit, because I was alone and couldn’t take bites from my husband’s plate if he had come, but everything I ate was lick-the-plate good. The gumbo is hands down my favorite in the city. I’ve gone back again, had the gumbo again, and my feelings are the same. Then I had blackened redfish served on grit cakes, topped with jumbo lump crab meat. Perfection. My mouth is watering thinking about it. On that second visit with a group of people, in …