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Cochon – New Orleans

Up until this point, my dining experiences in New Orleans hadn’t been all that exciting. We ended up at fairly touristy places with good but not particularly great food. But then it all changed when we went to Cochon. We tried to go here on a Sunday night, but note to visitors, there are many restaurants that are closed on Sundays, including Cochon. It’s not anywhere near Bourbon street, which is a nice plus.The place is pretty big on the inside with a good sized bar. The kitchen is fairly open. I really dug the brick walls and all the pig art. This is a small plate kind of place, but they do have some entrees. And yes, there’s a lot of pig on the menu.
Some complimentary rolls served in a cute little bucket. These are super buttery and I’m sure, terrible for you.
Here we have the fried alligator with chili garlic aioli. Sure, it tastes like chicken, but like delicious and juicy chicken. These wood-fired roasted oysters were some of the best oysters I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t think I’ve ever had roasted oysters before. We ended up ordering more because we just had to!This was the deviled crab dip with butter crackers. This was good, but nothing great.Here are the fried boudin with pickled peppers. I’m not sure what these were supposed to taste like so I have no idea if these are good or not.The baked mac and cheese. Ok, this may be the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had. I couldn’t get enough.The spicy grilled pork ribs with watermelon pickle. These ribs were indeed spicy, and also sweet and tasty.  Here we have the very attractive braised country style rib with brown rice, pickled mushrooms, and beets. I liked everything about this, except for the pork. It was too porky. Do you know what I mean? But everything else was great.Here’s one of the entrees – the smoked beef brisket with horseradish potato salad.On to the desserts! The peanut butter cream pie with a big hunk taken out of it. Oh yeah, this was as good as you can imagine.The adorable Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with coconut-lime sorbet and dulce de leche. Yum.Finally, the Caramelized Apple Brioche with rum raisin ice cream. Also yum. We had a pretty big party and they were able to accommodate us with a long table in the front. The multitude of servers all kept our tummies full and our thirsts quenched. I would go back for the gator, oysters, and mac and cheese again and again. This is a must-stop!
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Jax Happy Hour – Boulder

After exploring every nook and cranny of Pearl St all day, and I mean all day, we decided to catch the Jax happy hour. The happy hour drink! Some type of strawberry lemonade type of thing, with a nice bit of alcohol in it. I drank two! I know, can you believe it?
The complimentary bread, which is all kinds of delicious.
Peel-n-Eat shrimp. This is the happy hour portion, yet there’s plenty, and it only costs $3. They were perfect. Our hands stank for days, but we didn’t care.
Smoked salmon sliders. I don’t even like smoked salmon but these little babies were great!
And the $1 oysters! Oysters in the middle of Colorado, you say? They’re from the east coast, and they’re fresh and perfect on a hot sunny Colorado day. This place was hopping and we were lucky enough to score actual seats at the oyster bar. The bartenders are helpful and very friendly. A highly recommended happy hour!
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Oyster House Happy Hour

In addition to the late night happy hours on weekends, the Oyster House actually has regular daily happy hours as well. It’s still buck-a-shuck and there are drink specials as well. Draft beers are $3. Damn I love me some raw oysters. I’m just a cocktail sauce girl myself. I skip the horseradish and the hot sauce. I got myself a martini au poire, which was not a special. It’s made with pear vodka, st. germain, lillet blanc, and an orange peel. And damn, I loved it. It’s strong, but it doesn’t taste overtly strong. But it certainly is strong, yet very drinkable, perhaps too easily drinkable. Be careful!
I also tried one of the drink specials which was a sparkling white wine. It was a Coppola Sofia (yes, that Sofia Coppola) and it came in this adorable little can! And it had a expandable straw attached to it! The oysters come out super fast and the service in general is very good here. The servers and bartenders are attentive, friendly, and quick. I think this is one of the best happy hours around.
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