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need boudin recommendations

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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  1. 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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    1. re: joedontexan

      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. 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

      1. 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/

        1. http://www.boudinlink.com/

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

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            1. re: Mytah

              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.

          1. 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.

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

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              1. 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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                1. re: uptownlibrarian

                  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.

                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                    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/

                    1. re: Hershey Bomar

                      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.

                  2. 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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                    1. re: runCP3

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

                      1. re: carol land

                        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.

                        1. re: hazelhurst

                          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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                          Cochon Butcher
                          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                          1. re: Hungry Celeste

                            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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                            Cochon
                            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                            1. re: Hungry Celeste

                              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. 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!

                        1. 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. 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...

                            1. 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

                              1. 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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                                1. re: gastrotect

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

                                  1. re: gastrotect

                                    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!

                                  2. 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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                                    1. re: chefairline

                                      I heard great things about the roast beef!

                                      1. re: mrsfury

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

                                        1. re: hazelhurst

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

                                          1. re: paz5559

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

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

                                      1. 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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                                        Boucherie
                                        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                                        1. re: texasredtop

                                          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,

                                          1. re: hazelhurst

                                            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.

                                            1. re: texasredtop

                                              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.

                                              1. re: hazelhurst

                                                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.

                                                1. re: texasredtop

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: texasredtop

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

                                                      1. re: texasredtop

                                                        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.

                                                        1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                                          You talking about the smoked or the regular?

                                          2. 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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                                            1. 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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                                              1. re: bywatertim

                                                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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                                                Cochon
                                                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                1. re: hazelhurst

                                                  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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                                                  Cochon
                                                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                  1. re: joedontexan

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

                                                    1. re: Hershey Bomar

                                                      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.

                                              2. 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 . . .