Cajun sandwiches and meats
This industrial chic, counter service restaurant serves pork-focused Cajun small plates and delicious sandwiches. While the Italian-American grocery in the French Quarter, Central Grocery, invented the muffaletta in 1906, Cochon Butcher perfected it. This large, round sandwich is made with various meats and cheese, completed with an olive salad. Pair it with a side of boudin, a uniquely Louisianan, Cajun sausage. This regional favorite is mix of pork scraps, rice, onions and spices in sausage casings. The Link Group also runs Peche, Cochon, Gianna, and Herbsaint, and La Boulangerie.
Caribbean, French and Cajun flavors
James Beard Award winning chef Nina Compton infuses her Caribbean roots with her European training and experience, resulting in an exciting and untraditional menu. While they have incredible options for brunch through dinner, the curried goat with sweet potato gnocchi is a favorite selection. If you like it here, check out Nina Compton's newest venture, Bywater American Bistro. Reservations are recommended.
Museum of southern art that depicts regional culture
The museum houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. Through a variety of mediums, the museum’s exhibits provide an in depth story of the South, both past and present. If you are around on a Thursday, they host their weekly entertainment series, Ogden After Hours, from 6:00 to 8:00. They present live music, a movie screening or the occasional book signing along with food pop-ups and a cash bar. If you stop by, be sure to get some of Ms. Linda's yakamein.
Rustic Italian in a modern space
This beautiful space serves up it's take on Southern Italian food, inspired by James Beard award winning chef Rebecca Wilcomb's grandmother, Gianna. Start out with a few of the antipasti selections and you can't go wrong with the Veal Saltimbocca. The Link Group also runs Peche, Cochon, and Herbsaint, as well as the more casual Cochon Butcher and La Boulangerie. Reservations are recommended.
Brunch and pastries in an urban setting
This chic bakery and café serves great southern food all day, but it’s pastries and brunch are the real winners. James Beard Award winning pastry chef Kelly Fields will make you realize that a chocolate chip cookie can blow your mind when done right. Follow up brunch with an order (or two) of those delicious delights. Brunch reservations are highly recommended, especially on weekends.
The Rusty Nail
Laid back watering hole with great patio
This hidden gem with a neighood feel has an extensive scotch list in addition to great craft cocktails. Hang out on the awesome patio or post up on Saints Sundays for a great place to watch the game. If you are hungry, they often have on site food trucks or you could opt for bites from the delicious Cochon Butcher that delivers to the bar for free.