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Cochon Butcher

Sandwich Place, Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, and BBQ Joint$$$$
Lower Garden District, New Orleans
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 28, 2013
    Cochon Butcher isn't just a fantastic butcher shop and deli hiding behind the famed Cochon - it's home to crazy good small plates, a decent bar, and the best sandwiches in town. [Eater 38 Member]
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 6, 2013
    Cochon Butcher is a wonderland for meat-lovers, the Willy Wonka Factory of delicious deli-meats, and for in our opinion, the Cold Roast Beef sandwich is the golden-ticket.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 17, 2012
    Calling itself a "butcher shop and swine bar," they serve the best muffuletta in town and some damn good boudin. Everything else is good, too. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousOctober 2, 2014
    Saddle up to one of the shop's high-top tables and order one of Link's killer sandwiches (the house muffaletta and cold roast beef are recommended) and take a pound of andouille sausage to-go. Read more
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonJuly 25, 2014
    A meat-lover's paradise. Love everything at this place, but don't miss the Fried Alligator, Fried Boudin, Rabbit & Dumplings, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Read about it on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • Kathleen V.
    Kathleen VargasNovember 11, 2016
    Mac and cheese is very good. Cuban,BBQ pork, and Le Pig Mac top sandwiches to try. Everyone is super friendly. Also don't be shy to ask to try their sausage. They would gladly let you sample it.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedMay 9, 2013
    Overall phenomenal. Get the cochon for sure, it's like a pulled pork hamburger patty which has been pan fried. Great whiskey selection as well, which isn't so filling, so you can eat more.
  • Ben K.
    Incredible house cured meats and sandwiches from Donald Link. Try the smoked pastrami by the pound. Eat the muffuletta, BBQ pork sandwich, and pretty much anything else that catches your way.
  • CNN
    CNNApril 10, 2015
    Though some muffulettas are served cold, at Cochon Butcher the bread is toasted and the meats are warm, held together with a generous spread of house-made, slightly briny and bright olive salad. Read more
  • Tina L.
    Tina LaffertyMay 16, 2013
    Get the sweet and spicy brisket sliders, Brussel Sprouts, homemade chips and the must have libation, the Honey Boo Boo. Just delicious! Great ambiance and worth coming out to. Loved it
  • Ana P.
    Ana PratoDecember 1, 2014
    I really recommend the smoked turkey sandwich. Bought 1lb smoked turkey(delicious), a package of 4 boudin sausages(VERY hot) plus a slice of lemon cheesecake(really really good)
  • Pete
    PeteMay 1, 2016
    Had the pork belly sandwich. Really good, the meat was tender and the sandwich was flavorful. Wish it was a little bit bigger and had a different type of bread. The bread can get soggy fast
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 5, 2011
    A James Beard Award winning restaurant run by two James Beard Award winning chefs, there’s no surprise Cochon is among the best restaurants in town. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Christina M.
    Christina MaciasMarch 25, 2013
    It gets pretty busy here but worth the wait. It's owned and run by the next door restaurant, Cochin, where Butcher is the more casual restaurant. You can eat in or order to go. Everything is delicious
  • david c.
    david changApril 26, 2011
    favorite restaurant in new orleans. roasted oysters, rabbit & dumplings, fried alligator. great bar scene...all the meat courses are tasty but the vegetables & sides are highly underrated. so good
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsMay 14, 2015
    Muffuletta, Cajun Dog, coleslaw and brussels sprouts were spot on. Be sure to try the sweet potato habanero hot sauce if you need an extra kick on your tasty sandwich. Great lunch spot in New Orleans
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2, 2016
    This is another very legit version of boudin. It's a little murky because of the seasoning, which works perfectly with the creole mustard for dipping and the chilis on the side to make it all pop. Read more
  • Jing Jing L.
    Everything is delicious. The coppa steak special is maybe the best sandwich I've ever had. Mac & cheese is delicious. Duck pastrami sliders are so smokey and flavorful.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SeligsteinJuly 30, 2013
    This is for the regular Cochon- Def for the adventurous eater. Faves included oysters w garlic chili, pork rillette, liver cheese, head cheese. Fun to get a bunch of small plates, perfect for sharing.
  • Tiran D.
    Tiran DaganJanuary 3, 2013
    I had the ryals pit smoked ham sandwich with thin onion rings and a light mayo based sauce. My wife had the pull pork sliders and said she could eat teM all day long! Love their sweet potato hot sauce
  • Ignaura T.
    Ignaura TejedaDecember 31, 2015
    We had the Muffaletta and the Moroccan Spiced Lamb. They were both great! The Muffaletta was enough to share. Ordered a side of potatoes salad and loved it.
  • ThisGirlCanEat
    ThisGirlCanEatMay 24, 2013
    NoLa must for authentic Southern eats & soul food classics. Belly up to the bar for well-mixed cocktails, try the ribs w/ pickled watermelon & don't miss the Louisiana Cochon. You can thank me later.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SmytheJune 23, 2015
    Links casual venture situated next Cochon has a poo culture atmosphere highlight by uniquely named drinks and butcher shop favorites with a twist. Try Rock'n Rye and the Sweet Potato Jalapeño sauce
  • Vanessa T.
    Vanessa TDecember 23, 2016
    Delicious custom cured and smoked meats and Southern comforts. Had the muffaletta, mac and cheese, brussels and boudin and everything was tasty and fresh. Definitely need to come back and try more!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 6, 2016
    This NOLA hot spot makes sandwiches with a Cajun slant. Order the Muffaletta, which is sliced capicola, mortadella, salami and provolone on a fluffy sesame seed bun. Read more
  • Lorenzo
    LorenzoApril 21, 2015
    The best meal I had in New Orleans, and it was a simple sandwich. Pork belly on toasted white bread is transcendent. Service was spectacular. Go here. Don't fear the lines - they move quickly.
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 28, 2015
    From Frommer's, one of our expert reviewers: "All hail Cochon chef Stephen Stryjewski ... We do believe he fires on porcine synapses, as he has an effortless way with all things pork." -On TripExpert Read more
  • Caitlin Mae B.
    Caitlin Mae BurkeMarch 3, 2013
    My heart weeps when I realize I live 1k+ miles away from here. At Cochon: cheeks, fire roasted oysters, and the perfect oyster bacon sandwich. Butcher is HIP- bacon melt was the stuff of dreams.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganApril 8, 2012
    This place is magic. There is no wrong option on the menu. Seriously order anything. Best old fashioned I had in New Orleans. They make their own cherries too.
  • Steve G.
    Steve GoyetteDecember 5, 2013
    Looking for a quick dinner, off the French Quarter and walked into this place. One of the best decisions I've had in NOLA. Truly delicious meal and a great spot to just sit and enjoy.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffJanuary 20
    The casual sibling of Cochon shines with takeaway items, incredible sandwiches, decadent desserts, unique regional sodas, beers, and cocktails. Love the brussels sprouts! Quick, attentive service.
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MooreFebruary 3, 2013
    My dinner was good, but the desserts are incredible. Get the banana pudding. Also, we sat outside and really enjoyed it. The ambience inside is casual and cool, but gets louder as it gets late.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamNovember 23, 2013
    Muffaletta wich. Takeout lunch joint with an extensive sandwich menu. Around the corner from the famed Cochon, Cochon Butcher is a beer/wine bar and meat market combination in the Warehouse District.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Cochon Butcher's pancetta mac and cheese is more than just a side dish, with its decadent combination of cream cheese and sharp white cheddar, plus a hint of tomato paste for tang. Read more
  • Benn E.
    Benn EganDecember 20, 2015
    This place is awesome. Tried the Brussels sprouts, Mac and cheese, cubano, muffuletta, and pork belly sandwich. All were great. Skip the muffuletta unless you love 'em. Other options are better.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 16, 2016
    You’re not living right if you HAVE NOT tried boudin, yet. Get the best in town at Cochon Butcher. Chef’s also won a James Beard Award! Read more
  • Rob
    RobMay 30, 2013
    Great boucherie plate. Ask for the special bourbon, whiskey, and rye listing. Pineapple upside down cake for desert. Terrific service. What more could you ask for, great NoLa spot.
  • Ken
    KenJanuary 6, 2014
    The Elvis king cake is filled with peanut butter, banana and house-cured bacon and topped with marshmallow and traditional Mardi Gras decoration. A small pink pig replaces the baby. @Gambit
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJune 16, 2015
    Just unbelievably good. All homemade, such friendly staff, and yummy food. I sat in between two locals at the bar, one of whom eats there almost every day. Definitely legit!
  • SAM! F.
    SAM! FarrellMarch 5, 2013
    The pimento cheese fritters are to die for!!! Try the braised broccoli salad! Best seat in the house is at the kitchen bar! It's amazing to watch the kitchen do their magic!!!
  • Jon H.
    Jon HusseyNovember 20, 2012
    Everything here is good, but it's the wood-fired oyster roast that I never miss when I'm in NOLA. Perfect blend of heat and brine.
  • Nicolas R.
    Nicolas RodriquezMay 27, 2015
    Get the charcuterie plate with a side of Brussel sprouts and a can or pint of whatever Southern Prohibition beer they have on tap.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamNovember 23, 2013
    Takeout lunch joint with an extensive sandwich menu. Around the corner from the famed Cochon, Cochon Butcher is a beer/wine bar and meat market combination in the Warehouse District.
  • Glenn E.
    Glenn EbertJanuary 28, 2012
    Elegant, classic & must on any NOLA itinerary. If you're in a large group, order a lot of small plates to sample all this James Beard award winning joint has to offer. Wash it down with a Tina Louise
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BirchMarch 24, 2013
    You can't go wrong with anything here. Personal fav is the Buck Board Bacon Melt. Great cocktails & bar food. Great selection of meats for take home cooking. Love the Boudin!!
  • Erin S.
    Erin Schulte CollierOctober 6, 2012
    Can't miss menu items: the fried rabbit livers with pepper jelly and mint and the okra. If you need a break from booze, great fresh lemonade and Abita root beer on tap.
  • Ron H.
    Ron HenryFebruary 21, 2013
    James Beard award winning chefs with amazing food priced so reasonably it draws a great mix of people. The food was soooo good I thought I was in heaven! There is no doubt that I will be back.
  • Keith K.
    Keith KerrMarch 15, 2016
    An upscale new american butcher in the lower garden. Open seating and large windows. The Bacon oyster sandwich was amazing.
  • jake f.
    jake furstAugust 16, 2011
    for your requisite one really nice meal in NOLA, book in advance and come to Cochon. it's off the charts (they need new charts!). get real weird and eat fried alligator...it's fantastic.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 9, 2011
    Get the Buckboard Bacon Melt with swiss, collards, and pepper aioli. The smoky bacon on this sandwich, cut lean with a tender texture, is a perfect representation of what this shop is capable of. Read more
  • Andrea P.
    Andrea PSeptember 10, 2013
    There is no place in the world that's better. Oysters, pork cheek, Mac and cheese, stiff cocktail. Great small plates and counter seating by the kitchen for solo diners.
  • Craig O.
    Craig OlsonApril 30, 2013
    I honestly don't think you can go wrong here. The short ribs small plate was very good. If I was planning a trip back to Nola, I would leave two nights for Cochon.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 8, 2011
    Chefs Steven Stryjewski and Donald Link do homemade meats and sausages on premises Cajun-style. Along with exotic salamis, there are Andouille, Boudin, and Tasso to satisfy those who love spicy food. Read more
  • Chris V.
    Chris VitaleJanuary 29
    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Seriously no place like it on earth. Highly recommend. HIGHLY! Seating and ordering rotation is like a science and it's working flawlessly!
  • lovethesecities.com
    lovethesecities.comJanuary 23, 2014
    Chef's table all the way. Pork cheek and fried boudin balls a must. Order the Rabbit & dumplings for a trifecta!
  • Plwm B.
    Plwm BwmMarch 7, 2015
    This must be the best Sandwich shop ever to exist. Great quality produce too, make sure you get in early at lunch times as it get's very busy.
  • Gautam G.
    Gautam GuptaJanuary 6
    Possibly the best sandwich place anywhere. Just shockingly good! Muffaletta and Pork Belly were awesome, but my guess is you can't go wrong. Solid Mac.
  • Tobias R.
    Tobias ReiperApril 6, 2016
    Absolutely beautifully sourced meat!! The pulled pork sandwich and brisket sliders were lovely and a must try!!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 31, 2012
    Try the Cochon Muffaletta - Third time's a charm. This is insanely good, but very different from the traditional muffulettas, as it is served warm. But I loved it.
  • Marlene E.
    Marlene EsquedaFebruary 1, 2014
    Try The Johnny Appleseed and Crossroads cocktails. The brussels sprouts and mac-n-cheese are great starters!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 23, 2011
    The smoky bacon on the Buckboard Bacon Melt with Swiss, Collards, and Pepper Aioli, cut lean with a tender texture, is a perfect representation of what this outstanding shop is capable of. Read more
  • Danny P.
    Danny PayneMarch 7, 2016
    Seriously the best pork belly so have ever had the pleasure to eat! Wow... Always a "can't miss" when I visit NOLA.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    Star chef Donald Link's pork-centric Cajun restaurant serves traditional Southern cocktails like Sazeracs and mint juleps, small-batch bourbons and a selection of moonshine (i.e. corn whiskey).
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NixonNovember 21, 2016
    Foodie heaven, hip decor. Head cheese and boudin off the charts, but that's the tip of the iceberg. Innovative cocktails
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 19, 2016
    The coolest, most friendly staff ever. I could sit here all day and drink beer. If the chicken salad sandwich is on the menu, GET IT.
  • Tom L.
    Tom LeeApril 1, 2013
    A serious cult favorite since it opened in 2006, Cochon is the domain of pork-loving chef Donald Link, proprietor of the popular Herbsaint and winner of a James Beard Award for his cookbook Real Ca...
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurstFebruary 6, 2011
    Everything here is outstanding. Started with the smoked ribs, cabbage salad, and boudin. Followed with the cochin and smothered greens. Finished up with absurd carrot cake. This place is a MUST
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica YardOctober 31, 2012
    The lima beans were actually the best thing I have ever eaten! Great atmosphere, great food, this place is a must. I'll be back every trip to NOLA.
  • Maraline G.
    Maraline GratiniOctober 13, 2016
    Pork belly sandwich and Moroccan lamb flatbread were both incredible. Lemonade and sofa are overpriced however. Brussels sprouts were the best I've ever had.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LegaultOctober 30, 2014
    I wish I had more time to come here for more meals! Definitely get the brussel sprouts as a side!
  • Brian N.
    Brian NesbittApril 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Buck Board Bacon Melt is quite possibly the best sandwich I've ever had. I dream about it. I would travel back to NOLA just to eat it.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MartinNovember 7, 2010
    Try the hot dog--it is homemade with creole mustard, pimiento cheese, and chili made with black-eyed peas and homemade chips...absolutely incredible. Order a side of mac and cheese with pancetta.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousOctober 12, 2010
    This eatery was one of the first to open in New Orleans after Katrina, and it's a joyous celebration of Louisiana's Cajun roots. Try the homemade andouille sausage in a traditional gumbo.
  • Elia A.
    Elia AlbarranMay 14, 2016
    Lamb sandwich is beyond perfection. Don't skip on the boudin, which could be the best I've ever had.
  • Jean-christophe D.
    Probably the best burger in town, amazing Concept, cool place even if service is not the nicest.
  • Denette
    DenetteSeptember 28, 2015
    Fried alligator and alligator cheesecake and pork done many ways! Delish!! Great drinks and service!
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LlanesAugust 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Butcher is one of my favorite places any time. Drop in for Sunday brunch, a lunch sandwich or late evening small plates. I have yet to have a bad meal here. Out of town guests love it as well.
  • ECava
    ECavaJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A "MUST EAT" destination while here. Fried/grilled oysters are unreal. Fried alligator bites. Anything porky or seafoody or beefy is amazing here, as are the libations.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    If you want hip Cajun food without pretenses, the is the place for you. Try the rabbit and dumplings served in a cast-iron skillet: the perfect tribute to traditional New Orleans cuisine.
  • Randy R.
    Randy RosenbergApril 29, 2013
    Do not neglect the rabbit and dumplings. Irreverently delicious! Also keep in mind that it is very filling and a big appetizer is unnecessary
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffApril 2, 2012
    Everything here is amazing. Get the daily specialty po' boy and snag a ton of sausage to go. Beef jerky is life-changing. Also, bacon pralines!
  • Ross J.
    Ross JonesApril 22, 2013
    Get there before 1130 or wait in an ever growing line. Either way, worth the wait for great pig sandwiches.
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinMay 1, 2015
    Stop by for a quick pork belly sandwich and a fresh beer, or dinner at the restaurant. Everything is awesome!
  • molly w.
    molly washamSeptember 7, 2015
    The mac n cheese is quite possibly the best I've had in my life (and I've been #blessed with a lot of mac n cheese)
  • Chris H.
    Chris HarveyOctober 7, 2011
    The restaurant is set in a rustic, yet contemporary interior of a renovated New Orleans ware house. A little more pricy than most NOLA places but worth it.
  • Dia Q.
    Dia QirrehApril 28, 2013
    Everything was delicious as expected but I didn't think the dessert would be amazing too! The Black Velvet Cake was to die for!!!
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha H.May 7, 2012
    Get the pork belly sandwich, pork sliders and the mac n cheese. Really awesome food and friendly staff. We even came back for breakfast lol
  • Deborah G.
    Deborah GebhardtMarch 9, 2013
    Probably our best meal in New Orleans. Roasted oysters were amazing. Alligator was fun. Pork with turnips was ultimately the prize winner!
  • Eric N.
    Eric NellFebruary 2, 2013
    The Cuban sandwich has a jalepeno chimichuri that is not mentioned in the description. Still delicious but that flavor dominates the sandwich. Now you know.
  • Celal
    CelalSeptember 13, 2016
    We love the sandwiches and colselaw salad. The decoration of the place is also awesome.
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    Try the Mushroom Salad With Deep Fried Beef Jerky - #mushroom salad with deep fried beef jerky at Cochon, New Orleans. #foodporn #nomnomnom
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    Try the Fried Alligator With Chili Garlic Aioli - Fried alligator tenderloin with chili garlic aioli at Cochon, New Orleans
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitDecember 28, 2014
    The pork belly sandwich and marinated Brussel sprouts were Devine. I love this place!
  • Paula C.
    Paula CeballosJuly 26, 2013
    The experience was just awesome- delicious boucher plate-home made, follow by smoked ham. Must finish with the blueberry icecream
  • Deanna P.
    Deanna PostlethwaiteOctober 9, 2013
    Bbq pork sandwich is to die for! Love the sautéed brussel sprouts as well
  • Matt R.
    Matt RobinsonMarch 13, 2012
    Oyster roast is one of the best things you can eat....pretty much ever. Also get the thing with the cochon and the turnips and stuff.
  • Stella P.
    Stella ParkOctober 5, 2013
    Order: Louisana Cochon, boudin, alligator, Mac & cheese, fried oyster to share for 3 girls. The table bread is warm and buttery!!!
  • Debbie s.
    Debbie smithApril 29, 2013
    We ordered several of the "small" plates and shared them. Everything was outstanding. I love the atmosphere and the great service.
  • Eric D.
    Eric DNovember 1, 2014
    Right around the corner from Cochon restaurant, killer sandwiches and charcuterie. Get some tasso ham to take home!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Had the mufalletta and didn't love it. Bacon praline cookie was good but so so rich. Charred Brussels sprouts were very delicious
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