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Oct 9, 2008 12:56 PM

Looking for cajun smoked sausage and tasso for gumbo

Does anyone know where cajun smoked sausage and or tasso can be found in the Washingon DC/Baltimore area?

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  1. I'm not sure about the cajun smoked sausage, but I do know that tasso tends to be a seasonal thing - I've seen it at Whole Foods in Alexandria, and, upon my inquisition, was informed they stock it only during the early spring (March and April).

    1. Not really. However, here's a link to a reliable mail-order source that I use to get my boudin

      1. there isn't anywhere. best you'll find is andouille which works in a pinch but isn't the same. would by my suggestion. their boudin is also first rate.

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        1. re: xdcx

          2d don's specialty meats. the real deal.

        2. I'm just never going to reply "Eastern Market" for anything ever again.

          it's boring.

          tasso, andouille that is pork or even fowl based. if you don't see it - ask.

          jebus, if you want alligator or turtle you can get it.

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          1. re: hill food

            They've got turtle meat at Eastern Market? Who carries it? I've been dying to make some terrapin soup but can't find the stuff.

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              I may be wrong on the turtle, but I'd ask the Inman's or the fishmonger's - they usually have all sorts of oddities in the freezer including gator.

          2. hill food is right. Canales Meats at Eastern Market has some excellent andouille; nice round smoky flavor. Much denser than the Hickory Farms kielbasa stuff, although that does work in a pinch. And I'm pretty sure they have tasso as well. While you're at it, pick up some Manger's halfsmokes; they're the only grocer who carries them and they're the same brand used at Ben's Chili Bowl.

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            1. re: monkeyrotica

              Seconded. I made a great gumbo last weekend using some andouille from Canales. Also, the counter a few stalls down that sells the tamales (can't remember the name) saw my LSU shirt and let me know that he had 1 lb packages of boudin in the back.

              1. re: ad.mich

                Really? Damn, I better head on over.

                1. re: ad.mich

                  Union Meats maybe? I just came from there. They carry the white boudin, but not the red.

                  Canales however does carry blood pudding (or the Latino equivalent) for that English breakfast fix. And they definitely have tasso along with andouille.

                  1. re: ad.mich

                    the counter with tamales? that's also the Canales family. and while in the 'hood head a few doors up to the Tortilla Cafe for some fairly decent pupusas also owned by (you guessed it) the Canales.

                    nice folks, classic American success story.

                    1. re: hill food

                      Their tacos al carbon and taco salad are an obscene amount of food for next to nothing. I've had worse at three-times the price. And considering what they're charging at Market Lunch, I almost always end up at Tortilla Cafe.

                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                        Sounds really good. Thanks for the heads up.

                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                          There's really nice andouille and other homemade sausage at BroadBranch Market in upper NW (they have a website for directions).