Cowbell (8801 Oak St., 504-866-4222; www.cowbellnola.com) proprietors Brack and Krista May opened Truck Farm Tavern (11760 River Road, St. Rose, 504-699-0099; www.truckfarmtavern.com) in the former St. Rose Tavern spot.
Cowbell opened in 2011 and drew a following for grass-fed-beef burgers and its bric-a-brac roadhouse feel. Diners at Truck Farm can expect similarly casual ambience and a menu of comfort food standards including sandwiches, smoked meats and Southern-inspired casual fare. A rotating sandwich selection includes a grilled tuna muffuletta with lemon-basil aioli and olive salad, and an indulgent-sounding cochon de lait po-boy dressed with brie, pickles and hot peppers. Barbecue features prominently, including smoked mussels served with tasso and hominy, as well as standards such as smoked chicken, sausage, ribs and brisket.
Entrees have a distinctly Southern feel. There's boudin-stuffed chicken served with duck fat potatoes, spicy escarole and a farm egg; a twist on shrimp and grits features rabbit sausage; and a grilled pork chop comes with country ham, sweet pea grits and red-eye gravy.
The full bar includes draft beer and a cocktail menu with the Truck Farm smoked bloody mary, featuring smoked bacon, pepperoncini, pepper Jack cheese and a celery salt rim.
Truck Farm Tavern is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.