8801 Oak St.
New Orleans, LA
From the front, it’s not much. It’s not in the neighbhorhood where you would be wandering around looking for somewhere to grab a bite. This is really close to the river and their clientele is mainly regulars or really committed foodies. Cowbell opened about 6 months ago and there weren’t that many customers when I got there. Hopefully this post will change that!
The decor is kinda scrappy. The walls had a scrap metal look to it. It’s got a clean hipster vibe to it. Saw lots of signs with artwork from the 50s like Rosie the Riveter from WWII. I wasn’t here tho to appreciate the 50s feel to the place, I had heard through word of mouth that this place serve the best burger in New Orleans!
I guess they have their liquour license now (I know before that it was BYO). I really liked the look of these shelves. As I was sitting at the counter waiting for my order to come out, I got to chat with some of the workers. They seemed quite content to be working there. I really appreciate them taking my order since I got there 20 min before they were closing for lunch. The girl who took my order didn’t rush me at all as I skimmed the menu.
The blackboard menu on the wall reminded me that I’m definitely in the South.
$17 is a bit expensive for a burger for me but I had to give this burger a shot. The natural beef burger came on a potato bread roll, lettuce, onion, blue cheese (+$1), bacon (+$2), and zinfandel-bacon-onion-compote (+$1). I love thick juicy burgers. I liked that they paid respect to the bread portion of the hamburger, and got a decent potato bread roll toasted! The compote was sweet and downplayed the punch of the blue cheese. What made this delicious though, was the agogo sauce.
I’ve read reviews where people have admitted to stealing containers of this sauce from their table. I’m not surprised! It’s definitely got sriracha sauce in it, but it was savory and sweet all at the same time.
I kept waiting for the hot chili cheese fries to get hot and they never did. Still good but not hot (in my personal opinion). The fries were thick and crispy and the chili sauce was not that salty. My favorite though was dipping this in agogo sauce! If you think I’m overhyping this sauce, then you need to go and check it out yourself!