Pigging out at Boucherie

It’s definitely saying something if I’m eating at a restaurant with items on the menu that I’ve never heard of. I consider myself a pretty cheap date who thinks fancy ketchup is something that I probably can’t afford. I’m a man of simple pleasures — nice restaurants just aren’t my thing.

That’s why it kind of surprised me when Boucherie was suggested as this Foodie Friday’s eatery of choice. I’ve only tried to go once, and it was 1) packed, 2) expensive and 3) on a terrible date. So it was even more surprising that we were one of two tables in there, my meal was almost less than I’ll pay on a drunken fast food stop, and my co-workers were better dates than I’ve ever had.

The Place

My apartment is bigger than this restaurant. There probably weren’t more than 10-15 tables in the whole place. It’s housed in what looks like an old converted purple shotgun situated behind Lebanon’s Cafe on Carrollton. You probably wouldn’t notice it if you weren’t looking. But if you did, you’re in for a treat.

photo3Inside the restaurant, there’s a tiny little bar serving great cocktails and an impressive beer and wine selection. We ate outside, though. It was such a beautiful day today, and the wait staff was more than accommodating. The atmosphere was perfect, and it was a great way to spend a Friday lunch.

The Food

With things on the lunch menu like Applewood Smoked Scallops, Bubble & Squeak with a Sauerkraut Emulsion or Open Faced Bacon, Arugula & Tomato Sandwich with House Made Mozzarella & Circulated Egg, you know you’re in for a treat. As much as I never get the chance to do it, ordering something that sounds like gibberish is one of my favorite ways to eat. It’s like a surprise on a plate.

We didn’t take many pictures during the process of eating, mainly due to the deliciousness of the food and the level of hunger we gained  from waiting for it. I’ll apologize in advance for any slightly gross photos of half-eaten food.

But first, let me take an appetizer. We got Hand Cut French Fries with Garlic Butter & Parmesan Reggiano. These things were dusted with seasoning I can only describe as tasting like pizza flavored Pringles, or in other words, the shit. They came in a large bowl big enough to almost fill me up while sharing with two other people. It was a good start of what was to come.

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Meat on meat on meat.

For my meal, I got the Pot Roast Meatball Sub with Marinara, Mozzarella & Parmesan Reggiano. This is the meatball sub you take home to your mother. The meatballs practically melted in the sandwich and formed a mouthful of Italian glory. Sexual innuendos aside, this sandwich was great.

 

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Pork belly is always a good choice.

Patrick ordered the Smoked Corned Pork Belly Reuben with Sauerkraut, Gruyere & Russian Dressing on House Made Rye Bread. In his own words, pork belly is the better version of bacon. He’s not wrong. Sandwiches don’t often make me jealous, but this one has earned that right.

 

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Not your average BLT.

Morgan ordered one of the things on the menu that the waitress had to define for us. What the hell is a circulated egg? Apparently it’s a more spreadable poached egg. You learn something new with every meal at Boucherie. She had the Open Faced Bacon, Arugula & Tomato Sandwich with House Made Mozzarella & Circulated Egg. Their take on the BLT looked like something out of a magazine, and while not as huge as my meal, looked like a solid choice for a nice lunch.

The Verdict

My opinion? Boucherie is a great little place for a number of occasions. Work lunches and romantic dates fueled by good wine. The prices for lunch were all under $15, so it didn’t even break the bank. A great menu and setting gives this restaurant 4 out of 5 red beans.

The only downside was how long it took to get our food, but that’s totally understandable. I would’ve been fine with waiting longer for that meal and who doesn’t like to be out of the office for an extended period of time? Check Boucherie out. It’s worth it.

 

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Bonus: Thick-ass bacon. ‘Nuff said.

About Eric

Eric is a New Orleans native and graduate of Loyola. He grew up in Kenner and is embarrassed to tell you that. He lives Uptown and frequents local watering holes to socialize with peers. His hobbies include writing, making bad jokes, and casually observing the day to day life of New Orleans.

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