New Orleans LA 70130
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 Cajun. Inspired by Cajun and Creole culinary traditions, Link serves dishes like roasted shrimp with hog jowls and Louisiana cochon (roast pig) with turnips, cabbage, and cracklin’s, as well as such non-porcine delights as fried alligator with chile garlic aïoli and rabbit with dumplings. Things are still on fire at this NOLA hot spot — chef Stephen Stryjewski won a 2011 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the South, and Link was named 2012 Restaurateur of the Year by the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Even Cochon Butcher, the hybrid meat market, sandwich shop, and wine bar located right next door, has lines out the door on the weekends. — Yasmin Fahr
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Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski showcase Cajun and Southern cuisines at this Warehouse District hotspot. Boudin balls and pork dishes reign supreme here, along with real moonshine from the bar.