It happened…Boucherie, that is.
The meal that I had been waiting for for months. I had heard nothing but outstanding things about this NOLA area restaurant.
Did it deliver?
Wait and see…
The service is excellent – friendly and knowledgeable. The pace here is relaxed, but it’s that way all over the South. Get used to long, lazy dinners and “relaxed” seatings for reservation times.
The restaurant is dark and relaxed but still upscale-homey-chic. Like your Southern grandma started a restaurant in Santa Monica.
Smoked drum amuse bouche
Fabulous. The shrimp is sweet and very mild, coated in a spicy, peppery, garlicky glaze. The grit cake is like fried polenta – a thin disc, but still creamy inside and wonderfully crispy without. Boudin balls
EXCELLENT. Not as creamy as I prefer, but with a very complex, porky, sweet and savory falvor that surpasses other boudin balls I have enjoyed. Similar to chicken croquettes, but with more texture and that fabulous pork. Baby back ribs with pimento cheese toast
Standout of the night. These are not wet, sweet ribs. These are dry rub ribs, with a sugary, sticky crust that conceals juicy, tender meat. It has a deep, pleasantly charred taste and a wonderful soft but not mushy texture. The meat really tastes of meat, not of sauce or spices. And the pimento cheese toast…well, that’s just a cheesy, spicy, gooey, garlicky slice of heaven. Much enjoyed. These are unmissable.
Pan fried drum with artichoke and crab
The fish is good – light, flaky, crispy yet moist – but that artichoke and crab relish is where it’s AT. Room temperature and almost disarmingly sweet, this is the stuff that makes me think that artichokes are the unsung hero of the veggie world. reminiscent of artichoke-spinach dip but with the addition of sweet crab and some fresh herbs. This isn’t too salty or at all fishy. It’s sublime with a piece of toast or bread. Or, ya know, your mouth. Krispy Kreme bread pudding
Say it with me, y’all. Krispy. Kreme. Bread. Pudding. FULL STOP.
Pound cake. Doughnuts. Homemade vanilla ice cream. The crispest, moistest, most fragrant bread pudding ever.
GET THIS. GET 2 ORDERS OF THIS.
Boucherie isn’t conveniently located, but if you are looking for a special occasion dinner, they do a great job with large parties. The food is VERY reasonably priced, the atmosphere is lovely, and the food is delish. don’t be in a hurry, don’t skip dessert, and don’t be kosher, and you will do well here.
Till we meet again, NOLA!