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Chef Donald Link has won a James Beard Award and has a cluster of impeccable restaurants. For those on a budget, a meal at Cochon Butcher, the annex of his fabulous Cochon restaurant is a great way to sample porky Cajun specialities such as hot boudin or head cheese with chow-chow for just $6 a small plate. There’s also a selection of take-home cuts and charcuterie in the butcher’s case. Cochon Butcher also does one of the best muffulettas in town, at $12: it’s a toasted sesame bun oozing oil and stuffed with a slab of house-cured Italian meats topped with olive salad. Add in a bag of potato chips and a beer or cocktail from the “swine bar” for good measure, and make sure to take a bacon praline for dessert.
• 930 Tchoupitoulas Street, +1 504 588 7675, cochonbutcher.com. Open Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-4pm, sandwiches from $8