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Cochon Alums Bring Fresh Take On Chinese-American Takeout Fare to the LGD

The highly anticipated Blue Giant is now open for lunch and dinner on Magazine Street

Shrimp wontons with spicy chili crunch from Blue Giant
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Blue Giant, the (very) long-anticipated American-Chinese restaurant from Cochon alums Bill Jones and Richard Horner, is now serving lunch and dinner at 1300 Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.

Calling it “straightforward American-Chinese food with the best ingredients we can find,” the pair’s extensive menu includes peking duck, fried rice, egg foo young, shrimp wontons, blue crab rangoon, dan dan noodles, and blanched bok choy with a sauce made from Louisiana oysters. Appetizers range from $3 to $10, with noodle and entree dishes between $14 and $18, (except for the whole peking duck for $65).

The idea to team up for a restaurant was created over drinks at neighboring watering hole Barrel Proof, and they’ve since made pop-up appearances at a few friends’ hotspots like Blue Oak BBQ and Turkey and the Wolf. Horner, who also previously cooked at Garden District favorite Coquette and the now-closed Olivia in Austin, will run the bar and dining room while Jones will run the kitchen.

Jones, who in addition to Cochon and Cochon Butcher has spent time working in Chicago, grew up on the North Shore eating at Chinese restaurant Trey Yuen. The pair acknowledges that the dishes on Blue Giant’s menu wouldn’t be found in China, but that rather they represent a big part of the comfort food they, and many Americans, grew up eating.

Blue Giant is open for lunch Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m., and closed on Tuesday.

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Blue Giant

1300 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130