My husband and I flew in on a Friday night and had a show to get to at the Republic at 8pm, so we wanted to find something nearby. We walked there from our hotel on Canal St and it was definitely away from all the FQ craziness. He had researched the Butcher and the Restaurant, and we figured we would go to the butcher, since it was a quicker and we had no reservations. We popped into the restaurant just to check it out, were told the wait was 35 minutes and went outside to debate what to do. We were outside for possibly 30 seconds when the host scurried out and said she had a table opening up. So we really lucked out. I would recommend a reservation for this place and it is worth it! It is a pork-focused menu and it was all fantastic. My husband got a local beer and I had the Black Magic Woman. I am not a big cocktail drinker, but this one was divine and quite sippable. We shared the macaroni and cheese, the chicken livers, and the cochon entrée dish. The fried chicken livers were hands down my very favorite and I am still thinking about them. It was an excellent flavor combination with the crispy livers, the perfect pepper jelly, and the toast. It was garnished with mint, which was the perfect touch. The mac was a casserole style and just stunningly delicious--great flavor and consistency, perfect noodles. The cochon was much different than what you would get at Jazz Fest. But it was amazing. A perfectly crunchy and flavorful piece of shredded pork, served with pickled turnips and cabbage, and cracklins---SWOON! What a perfect dish. The desserts all sounds amazing but we were too stuffed. Next time. Great flavor and texture combinations all around and excellent service. Will definitely be back!
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