The Best ‘Unknown’ Boudin?
We've heard of the "big" boudin people: Billy's, Best Stop, Don's Specialty Meats, Hebert's Boudin and Cracklin; I want to know about your favorite "off-the-beaten-path" boudin place!
Mine is (hands down) Richard's Meat Market in Abbeville. Their family has been making boudin for many years, and well, it's what I grew up with. Don't get me wrong: I'm not trying to slight the big guys, I just want to know who your favorite Mom-and-Pop boudin people might be.
One of my favorite pastimes is driving around the back roads of Acadiana, finding local restaurants to try. I know that it has been said that Acadiana has better food in many of its convenience stores than some major cities have in their restaurants, so I frequently stop at those stores to try the food.
I asked my coworkers about good boudin, and instantly most said Don's, Best Stop, Billy's or Heberts. That's when I made them think about their favorite boudin near their home. Several smiled when they recalled the boudin at the store or meat market around the corner from their house.
Here is the list, as given by my coworkers. I don't know if they are all still in existence or not, as some were way-back memories for them. The list is in no particular order, but it IS a good starting point for me to make a Boudin Tour on my next weekend off!
- Coco's Quick Stop behind Lowe's on the Northside.
- Poche's in Breaux Bridge*
- The Chevron station in Grand Coteau
- Teet's in Ville Platte
- Chop's in Broussard*
- Billeaud's in Youngsville*
- Cade's in St. Martinville
- Hebert's Specialty Meats in Maurice*
- Richard's Meat Market in Abbeville*
*boudin I've put in my mouth
You just can't go wrong with Best Stop, Billy's, Don's or Hebert's, as they are consistent and easy-to-find (the cheese-filled boudin balls at Billy's should be called "Billy's Amazeballs"!!), but these places should tempt you into a road trip around Acadiana.
There's only one kind of boudin that's not good: it's called "Not Enough Boudin".
What's your favorite off-the-beaten-path boudin?? I know that there are plenty of places out there with good boudin that I haven't tried yet!