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ramp pickles Jun 7, 2010 03:27 PM

I will be in New Orleans for a long weekend in a couple of weeks and want to try as much boudin as possible (while also eating other things and going to a wedding). We will have a car so can drive outside the city if need be. I'm interested in eating boudin, not necessarily in restaurants, but from places where they make it and are known for it. Thank you!

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    joedontexan RE: ramp pickles Jun 7, 2010 03:49 PM

    Southwest Louisiana is the boudin area not new orleans drive I 10 to around Lafayette a couple of hours and your there. dons mear market off ten in scott louisiana has some good boudin.

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      hazelhurst RE: joedontexan Jun 8, 2010 07:47 AM

      I had posted something similar yesterday but my internet connexion went Ka-flooey so it evaporated. I never get the stuff in new Orleans becuase I get the real thing on road trips. the stuff I have had at parties, bought in town, has been OK but nothing I'd go out of my way for. Hungry Celeste no doubt had the names of some places down Terrebonne way but I'm damned if I can recall a name--just a gas station that I recognize. Still, if the OP wants to got to Acadiana--and that will require a day trip---we can give lorts opf good spots. the boudin trail link is a good reference but, in my experience, ya gotta be careful becuase some folks just don't stay consistent.

    2. N.O.Food RE: ramp pickles Jun 7, 2010 05:00 PM

      As joedon points out, there's not much boudin here. Cochon butcher sells it, I believe. Boucherie sells boudin balls. Honestly, that's about all I know of in town. You're coming to the wrong part of the country for boudin. It's cajun, and there ain't much - if anything - cajun about new orleans. You can take a road trip to lafayette and eat all the boudin you can stand though.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Boucherie
      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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        Littleman RE: ramp pickles Jun 7, 2010 05:12 PM

        Where is Hungry Celeste? She would know. Jacob's in Laplace about 30 miles W of NOLA has boudin. You could drive over. Or you can order online.

        http://www.cajunsausage.com/

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          hungrymedstudent RE: ramp pickles Jun 7, 2010 07:24 PM

          http://www.boudinlink.com/

          This site has probably everything you need to know, plus a convenient google map.

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            Mytah RE: hungrymedstudent Jun 8, 2010 08:27 AM

            http://www.boudinlink.com/

            QFE - A fantastic Boudin resource. This is a good site too. http://www.southernboudintrail.com/in...

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              joedontexan RE: Mytah Jun 11, 2010 07:16 PM

              thanks for the boudin link I will have to try many of these now. one of the good ones in mamou not too far from freds lounge a hell of a place to pass a good time.

          2. nola79 RE: ramp pickles Jun 7, 2010 08:05 PM

            I have not found good boudin in new Orleans. You'll need to drive a good bit west of Baton Rouge to find good stuff.

            Jacques Imos was serving boudin from The Best Stop during french quarter fest, but I don't know if it's on their regular menu in the restaurant. You'd need to drive to Scott, LA, just outside of Lafayette, to get it from the source.

            If you head out that way you might also swing by Heberts in Maurice, just south of Lafayette. They've also got amazing stuffed chickens, the very best I've ever had.

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              Littleman RE: ramp pickles Jun 7, 2010 08:19 PM

              I have seen boudin for sale at Martin's Wine Cellar in Metairie.

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                N.O.Food RE: Littleman Jun 8, 2010 04:14 PM

                It aint that good though.

              2. uptownlibrarian RE: ramp pickles Jun 8, 2010 07:13 AM

                They have decent boudin, best I've had in town, at NOLA Grocery. It's right next door to Cochon Butcher on Andrew Higgins. They don't make it there though as far as I know, so it doesn't really fit OP's criteria.

                They do make boudin at Creole Country sausage on David St. in Mid City. It's a place that looks like a garage, and they don't really have a retail shop, but if you go there they will sell you whatever you want. They have good hot sausage too. Phone (504) 488-1263.

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                  Hershey Bomar RE: uptownlibrarian Dec 27, 2010 12:16 PM

                  Decent boudin at NOLA Grocery?-- It's AMAZING! The smoked boudin is some of the best I've had and I'm writing from Breaux Bridge which has a few great boudin places.

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                    Hershey Bomar RE: uptownlibrarian Jan 14, 2011 09:24 AM

                    Really loved the smoked boudin at NOLA Grocery. So I did a little research. They get it from a Cajun meat market called Bergeron's just off the interstate in Port Allen.

                    My GF and I drove out there and YES it's the same stuff. The market has a nice restaurant attached.

                    http://www.bergeronsboudin.com/

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                      hazelhurst RE: Hershey Bomar Jan 14, 2011 11:24 AM

                      Bergeron's is an excellent addition to a sausage-starved area..it saves about an hour of driving west. I have taken the smoked boudin and smoked it even more on one of the Big Green Eggs with pecan wood...but those eggs are gossamn hot so you gotta be careful. It got rave reviews...altho, to be fair, it was in Alabama.

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                    runCP3 RE: ramp pickles Jun 8, 2010 07:35 AM

                    Rouses Supermarket located all around town has good boudin in their meat section. They make it themself and are inexpensive. You just heat it up in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds and they're good to go.

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                      carol land RE: runCP3 Jun 8, 2010 08:04 AM

                      Venture forth to Baton Rouge to Jerry Lee's on Greenwell Springs Road. The best in the region. Worth the drive.

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                        hazelhurst RE: carol land Jun 8, 2010 08:13 AM

                        Good idea--also, Bergeron's over in Port Allen has been doing very well lately..I took the smoked boudin to a party last winter--we smoked it a little more--and it won rave reviews.

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                          Hungry Celeste RE: hazelhurst Jun 8, 2010 08:29 AM

                          Bergeron's in Port Allen definitely gets my vote (try the turkey tasso, the house-made little smokies, and the crawfish boudin, too), and you can also find good boudin at Bourgeois Meat Market in Thibodaux, including harder-to-find red boudin. Up thread, a previous poster provided the link to boudinlink.com, a must-visit site for anyone seriously seeking boudin.

                          In NOLA, you get takeout boudin at Cochon Butcher. I've eaten the Rouse's supermarket boudin, and it's passable.

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                          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            hazelhurst RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 8, 2010 08:54 AM

                            Bourgeois occured to me--I always stop for the jerky (It's required somewhere in the State Constitution, I think) but I'd forgotten about the red boudin cuz I almost always get that over in Henderson.

                            II thought the Cochon stuff was a great way to show a visitor what is is all about but it still doesn't call to me in the night.

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                            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                              N.O.Food RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 8, 2010 04:18 PM

                              My wife's from Houma so luckily we get to Bourgeois pretty often. I'm not a big fan of their white boudin, but I love their crawfish boudin. And yeah, hazelhurst, the jerky is crazy good. And for 20 bucks a pound it ought to be! Worth every penny though.

                      2. bourbonstjoe RE: ramp pickles Jun 12, 2010 01:05 PM

                        If you happen by Stanley in the FQ ramp pickles I'm pretty sure that when the GF ordered her Bananas Foster French Toast for brunch she also ordered a boudin patty on the side and she raved about it! The one I had at Lafayette square on a Wednesday was I think Cresent City Sausage and meats and it was yummy too! LOVE boudin!

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                          Littleman RE: ramp pickles Jun 12, 2010 02:57 PM

                          This place is outside Lafayette, LA on I 10 if you happen to pas through that area. Get off at Exit 97. There's a restaurant and meat market. You can buy to eat in the restaurant or take it home.

                          Don's Specialty Meats @ 730 I-10 S Frontage Rd., Scott, LA 337 - 234 - 2528.

                          1. Hershey Bomar RE: ramp pickles Jun 22, 2010 06:33 PM

                            Go visit Breaux Bridge and make it a boudin road trip. That's what I did recently. Cajun music. Swamp tour. Crawfish season is ending soon I guess but...

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                              aptemplet RE: ramp pickles Jul 5, 2010 08:07 AM

                              Bourgeois in Thibodeaux. Miracles in meat for the last 100+ year. It's about a 45 -60 minute drive depending on the traffic. Try the crawfish boudin, and hog head cheese also (hot is not that hot, mild is just that...)
                              ap, offshore St John's Newfoundland, Canada

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                                gastrotect RE: ramp pickles Jul 7, 2010 12:15 PM

                                I recently got the 5 lb box of frozen boudin from Don's Specialty Meats outside of Lafayette. It was a huuuge 4th of July party hit. I baked it for a nice crispy casing and served it like hot dogs/sausages. By the end of the party people were just cutting pieces and eating it with their hands. Great stuff.

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                                  hazelhurst RE: gastrotect Jul 7, 2010 12:25 PM

                                  Don's is a proven winner and has survived expansion without apparent problems. They consistently rate high

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                                    sanglier RE: gastrotect Jul 9, 2010 10:33 AM

                                    The Mowata Store off I-10 by the Crowley/Eunice exit, heading west (Hwy. 13/14?). About 20 minutes off the interstate. Best balance of spice/liver/rice of any I've had. Cousin of Chef Donald Link--nuff said!

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                                    chefairline RE: ramp pickles Dec 29, 2010 05:08 PM

                                    Recently, a local TV station selected top 4 places to get boudin in the N.O. area. One of the choices was Kid Creole Food Mart at 1919 Airline Drive in Metairie. The boudin, pork and crawfish, comes from Breaux Bridge (Cajun country). You can also get Natchitoches Meat Pies and terrific po'boys, especially the roast beef.

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                                      mrsfury RE: chefairline Dec 29, 2010 05:41 PM

                                      I heard great things about the roast beef!

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                                        hazelhurst RE: mrsfury Dec 30, 2010 04:43 AM

                                        Just picked up some boudin from NuNu in Milton LA...very, very good.

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                                          paz5559 RE: hazelhurst Jan 3, 2011 11:57 PM

                                          Just a heads up - Milton is 150 miles outside of the city, so getting there and back is an all day excursion!

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                                            hazelhurst RE: paz5559 Jan 4, 2011 04:43 AM

                                            Hell, getting there from Abbeville seems like a trek..although Maurice to Milton is fairly easy

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                                      LA Burns RE: ramp pickles Jan 11, 2011 01:04 PM

                                      Crescent Pie and Sausage carries boudin on the menu - on Banks between Carrollton and the I-10

                                      1. texasredtop RE: ramp pickles Jan 11, 2011 01:28 PM

                                        Boucherie has good boudin balls.

                                        The best boudin I've had so far is at Billie's Mini Mart in Krotz Springs, inside the gas station, not in the attached burger joint. They are also boudin balls though.

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                                        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                                          hazelhurst RE: texasredtop Jan 12, 2011 04:55 AM

                                          You will no doubt be pleased to hear that Billy's et alia are once again "safe." Krotz Springs got a new Police Chief at the first of the year and upon his swearing the oath, the entire P.D. (all six of them) resigned. The place has been inviting lawlessness for over a week. We have been petrified that the Chief would chasing down a speeder---a decoy, no doubt---and a marauding pack of miscreants would loot the place of all boudin and cracklin'. But they submitted a new list of PD officers last night so calm is restored at teh Villa Elsinore,

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                                            texasredtop RE: hazelhurst Jan 12, 2011 05:56 AM

                                            lol - it's almost impossible for me to get to my Daddy's side of the family without going through Krotz Springs. They live north of there on either side of the river. Some of my earliest memories are of a restaurant there where we would stop for lunch (it's not there anymore) and riding up the levee road and making my Paw Paw stop so I could pet the cows.

                                            Thank goodness the boudin balls are safe again. I will get some more of them in the spring when Evangeline Downs starts racing again.

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                                              hazelhurst RE: texasredtop Jan 12, 2011 06:10 AM

                                              The long-gone restaurant was almost certainly the original Diesi's Little Capitol...there is a pale reminder of it at I-10 but Frank sold the oldplace before it---er---blew up.

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                                                texasredtop RE: hazelhurst Jan 12, 2011 06:38 AM

                                                Yes Yes Yes, I always thought that was what it was but couldn't find any information and grandparents and father are long gone to the bayou in the sky.

                                                Thank you for confirming what I always thought it was. I think it even looked similar to the one on I-10. We stopped there every trip before venturing up the river road and beginning my ritual of stopping to pet cows, getting close, seeing them chew their cud and screaming that they were going to eat me, being brought back to the car, repeat every 10 miles.

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                                                  scrumptiouschef RE: texasredtop Jan 16, 2011 08:36 AM

                                                  Texasredtop
                                                  Just got back from a boudin run over in w. Louisiana.

                                                  Scored from Nunu's, Best Stop and Johnsons.

                                                  All were incredible as was expected but the nod goes to Nunu's.

                                                  I've been shopping at Best Stop for years and I love that their boudin tastes exactly the same every trip.

                                                  Consistency is the bane of any shop putting out 2000lbs a day but these guys are pros.

                                                  Still lots of boudin to sample over in the great state of Louisiana but Nunu's gets the "perfect" designation.

                                                  Of course Best Stop has seen the wisdom of selling hot boudin balls out of a popcorn machine resulting in me putting them in the back of my giant Ford so I can't get at em til I complete the just under 400 mile ride home.

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                                                    texasredtop RE: scrumptiouschef Jan 16, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                    I threw all my boudin out from Best Stop - neither of us cared for it at all. It's been 3 or 4 years ago so I don't remember why I didn't like it. I tried the boudin balls and cracklins too. Plus some stuffed pork roasts and sausage. I won't return to Best Stop but many people are big fans of it. The best boudin I've ever had is at Billie's Mini Mart in Krotz Springs. They are boudin balls to be precise. It's a bit of a side trip but well worth it. I'm going to try that place in Port Allen next trip and see how their boudin is.

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                                                      N.O.Food RE: texasredtop Jan 16, 2011 10:21 AM

                                                      Agree. Best Stop is just ok. The hot boudin balls they sell in the store are awesome though.

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                                                        uptownlibrarian RE: texasredtop Jan 16, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                        The reason I don't love Best Stop is that it's way too smoky for my taste. I'll eat it if someone brings me some, but I prefer the smoke not to completely overpower the other flavors.

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                                                          N.O.Food RE: uptownlibrarian Jan 17, 2011 02:46 PM

                                                          You talking about the smoked or the regular?

                                          2. N.O.Food RE: ramp pickles Jan 14, 2011 06:45 PM

                                            Recently got some boudin from a hole-in-the-wall in Breaux Bridge called Charlie T's. My favorite boudin yet. Hands-down.

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                                              Hershey Bomar RE: N.O.Food Jan 15, 2011 08:41 AM

                                              I love their seafood boudin!

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                                              bywatertim RE: ramp pickles Jan 21, 2011 03:09 AM

                                              Cochon makes an excellent boudin, go to the butcher / deli behind the restaurant. It's the best you'll find in the city. Despite what some say here, you can find very good boudin around New Orleans. Jacob's in LaPlace makes excellent Cajun meats and is right outside New Orleans.

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                                              Cochon
                                              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                                hazelhurst RE: bywatertim Jan 21, 2011 07:19 AM

                                                Jacob's is about the closest--and you need to like that smoke---that is good. We never really had much boudin in town until the Cajun Boom and even then it was limited. This is Cochon's great asset...it wows-em when they come in from out-of-town. And it is good, I agree. The real deal, I think, is to get outside town---and going down HWY 90 you'd probably get beyond Boutte, before you can stop at each gas station and sample. But in town I just don't see much that I will detour for. On the other hand, I get out to the West with some regularity

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                                                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                                  joedontexan RE: hazelhurst Jan 22, 2011 04:44 AM

                                                  I must try the boudin at Cochon, but quite frankly coming to new orleans I never think about boudin to me thats strictly southwest louisiana cajun country.

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                                                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                                    Hershey Bomar RE: joedontexan Jan 24, 2011 06:09 PM

                                                    It is worlds better next door at the NOLA Grocery and they get it from Cajun Country -- so, ah, think about it!

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                                                      joedontexan RE: Hershey Bomar Jul 8, 2011 03:24 PM

                                                      T Boys slaughterhouse in mamou is now tops on my list for the best boudin Ive ever had if your ever in the area check it out for yourself.

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                                                zin1953 RE: ramp pickles Jul 9, 2011 09:23 PM

                                                I've always liked the boudin at Restaurant Patois, but -- generally -- I'm in agreement with the others. SW Louisiana is the place to go . . .

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