With each changing season, I’ve come to appreciate and look forward to certain things I like to do during certain times of the year. In the winter I love roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, drinking lots of red wine, and hovering over a big, hearty bowl of Italian wedding soup. In the summer it’s poolside lounging with Popsicles, firing up the grill every chance we get, and enjoying the absolutely intoxicating scent of night blooming Jasmine.
But what I have grown to love most about the changing seasons is sampling many local restaurants’ inventive seasonal menus. Winter brings produce such as squash, apples, sweet potatoes, and turnip greens to the menu, and in the summer we get to enjoy things like corn, okra, tomatoes, melon, and various summer squashes. Luckily, New Orleans is full of restaurants that take advantage of the changing seasons and choose to celebrate each one individually by using only the freshest locally grown produce.
On Saturday night, my boyfriend and I joined another couple at Boucherie, located on Jeannette Street (directly behind here), to enjoy their June menu. Boucherie has made a name for itself by serving incredibly high quality food in beautiful presentations for insanely reasonable prices (everything is $15 and under). We made a reservation, which I highly recommend, but outside tables (pictured above) are available on a first come, first serve basis. After corking our two bottles of wine that we brought, we immediately placed two orders of the Boudin Balls. For five dollars you get three of these incredibly savory and spicy boudin balls that are deep fried and served with a creamy garlic aioli. Even if you’re not a boudin fan, I would still recommend trying these, as I find the consistency to be much more appealing than the traditional boudin, which is stuffed in pork casings. Next, we ordered some more small plates, including the Grilled Romaine Caesar salad and the Duck Confit, which were both exceptional. I had never had grilled salad before, but I loved how the smoky grill flavor was added without compromising the Romaine lettuce’s classic crunchy consistency. The duck confit was beautifully cooked and the combination of blue cheese and beets created an earthy sweetness that paired well with the savory duck. For my entree I ordered the Grilled Cobia with Watermelon and Avocado Napoleon, which was very different from anything I’ve ever had before. The Cobia, which is a firm, white fleshed fish, was served rare and had great flavor, but I wasn’t crazy about it combined with the watermelon. My friend ordered the collard greens, and I’m pretty convinced I could have polished off the whole bowl myself. They were classically southern, with salty morsels of ham and grit fries to soak up the wonderful juices. The collard greens are a definite must!
The four of us shared two desserts and then our waitress brought us the bill. It came down to about $40 a person, and considering we had two cocktails, two bottles of wine (corked for $5 each), six small plates, four large plates, and two desserts, that’s pretty amazing. Right now, with everyone trying to save money wherever they can, it’s nice to know that you can still get dressed up and go out for a sophisticated meal without completely breaking the bank. At Boucherie, quality, flavor, and service do not have to be sacrificed if you’re on a budget. Come celebrate the delicious and seasonal flavors of the South by calling 504.862.5514 to make a reservation.