I was down in good old New Orleans last weekend for a bachelor party, and needless to say a good time was had by all, as is always the case when one goes to the Big Easy. New Orleans is easily my favorite US city to visit, for the food, the music, the weather, the ambiance, you name it. We always try to get down there at least for Jazzfest if not even more often.
On Sat for lunch we tried to hit Cochon, since I had been for dinner last time we were there and it was great. Unfortunately it was not going to open until 5pm for dinner, but luckily I was saved from being devoured by my hungry companions by the newly opened Cochon Butcher attached to the back of the main restaurant. (They were also upset at me for making them walk a whole 1/2 mile on a gorgeous day from the hotel to get there.)
In order to try more things, as I always want to do, I split the Pastrami and the Cuban with a friend. Both were great, but the Pastrami was the winner. Nicely crisped from the grill, and the meat totally melt in your mouth. Yum. Cochon Butcher was probably more lunch appropriate than the main place anyway, so all worked out.
As my friend pointed out, the guy making the sandwiches was so focuses and precise he seemed to be an idiot savant. But like I said, they were tasty sandwiches.
And if I lived down there, I'd most certainly be a frequent patron of their butcher shop. They certainly know their way around cured meats.