By Todd Barron @ Foodiecuisine.com
I can count the number of real delis I have been to in the United States on one hand and that is not a good thing. The skills learned over the last thousand years are slowly but surely being replaced by factories and robo-butchers. No longer do you go down to the corner-butcher to pickup homemade salami.
Today you get deli meats from a vacuum packed plastic bag at the grocery store with the name of a pig’s cranium on the cover. The product tastes like the care that went into making it as well. For the most part, the “deli” meats from the grocery store resemble the food I had in the lunch line when in grammar school, plasticy and tasteless.
Cochon Butcher in New Orleans bucks the trend by making all of their meats in-house. They make their own salami, porchetta, corned beef, and many other items. Everything follows the traditions passed down over generations and the resulting flavor is amazing.
I ordered the Charcuterie Plate ($14) along with the “Gambino” Sandwich ($12) while vacationing in the French Quarter over Spring Break.
The Charcuterie Plate comes with a variety of house made meats, olives, and some vegetables. It both looks and tastes great. I especially like the dried beef. The Gambino Sandwich is made also with a mix of house meats and reminds me of other Italian sandwiches I have had, only better.
Overall the meats were all very flavorful, with a deep earthiness to them, and left me wanting to return for more. I highly suggest trying out Cochon Butcher!