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Boudin in Houston - for you Jaymes

I get good crawfish boudin at Abe's in Clear Lake. We've eaten lunch there a few times and the food was good, not fantastic but good. Scotty Abraham owns this location and gets his boudin from Abe's Grocery in Lake Charles owned by his Dad, Mr. Johnny. There are two Abe's Grocery Stores, the other one is owned by his brother. Mr. Johnny's is on Highway 14 just north of the 12th Street intersection. I grew up across the street from them and their products are very good but their crawfish boudin is excellent. Most of the recipes are from Scotty's Mom, Miss Faye. As a child I sat at her table for many meals. It was really nice to see my favorite crawfish boudin come to Clear Lake. I drove the 2 hours one way and back many times to bring some home for the freezer.

http://www.abescajunmarket.com/

I know it's not Houston but just a hop, skip and jump away is some of the best boudin I've ever eaten. Nick's Grocery in Port Arthur. It was the first time I ever ate chicken boudin and it is still the best I've ever had.

http://boudinlink.com/Nicks_Boudain/N...

On the New Orleans board, there is a thread for boudin and nothing but boudin. A lot of people don't think they can get good boudin in Texas but I guess they haven't ever been to Port Arthur to see that it's mostly cajuns living there :-)

Bon appetit cher!

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  1. Hey, thanks!!

    It's pretty obvious that when it comes to the boudin, you know what you're talking about. I'm gonna have to get into my car and scoot around to a few of your faves and get me some.

    ETA - There's a Hebert's not too far from us. Do they offer anything worth buying?

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    1. re: Jaymes

      I don't know about Hebert's. Is it a restaurant? I think I've heard it mentioned here. Is this it? http://www.hebertsspecialtymeats.com/...

      I'll say this about boudin, tastes will vary person to person almost as much as gumbo so what I like might not be what you like. I don't like greasy boudin or real wet boudin. I don't like boudin so hot it overrides any flavor. I don't mind it hot but let that be second to the flavor.

      Personal Boudin quirks - I sometimes enjoy a boudin sandwich :-) as I do a tamale sandwich.

      And something else I forgot to mention about Abe's - they have delicious stuffed chickens. Yum!!! You can buy them in their freezer along with their gumbo and other items. If you're eating there and like their gumbo, just walk over to the freezer and take home a quart. Don't forget that stuffed chicken.

      DEBONED STUFFED CHICKENS

      Shrimp Dressing- $13.99

      Crawfish Dressing- $13.99

      Spinach- $12.99

      Broccoli & Rice- $12.99

      Rice Dressing- $12.99

      Cornbread Dressing- $12.99

    2. One of the best on-line boudin references (with ratings) I've found is boudinlink, a work in progress by a professor at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette:

      http://www.boudinlink.com/

      Like all ratings, as texasredtop mentions, they're relative and depend on a lot of personal subjectivities, but I have generally agreed pretty much the gradings.

      Another terrific source is Boudin Trail, a work by the Southern Foodways Alliance at Ol' Miss:

      http://www.southernboudintrail.com/

      By the way, texasredtop is correct: the migrating Acadians didn't stop at the Sabine River and the TX/LA border during their migration following their expulsion by the British from Canada. Quite a few settled in southern East Texas.

      O.K. A few personal local sources I like:

      Perry & Sons Market and Grill (at least the Friendswood location) has excellent in-house-made frozen boudin:
      http://www.perryandsonsmarketandgrill...

      Burt's Meat Market in the Fifth Ward is top-notch:
      http://www.burtsmeatanddeli.com/

      and Pierson & Co. BBQ in Acres Homes, 5110 W. T.C. Jester, has great smoked boudin.

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      1. re: waderoberts

        There is a donut shop in League City that sales Boudin Kolaches! Now that is a treat! Ashley's donuts.

        1. re: Cookie Baker

          Ashley's has a place in League City? The one I've gone to for years when in the area is on Bay Ara Blvd in Clear Lake. I've never had their boudin anything because they make a great beignet and apple fritter so I get one or the other of those. Boudin kolaches are good but boudin biscuits are the best!! We used to make them at work. There are lots of places around The Golden Triangle that serve boudin biscuits but none here that I know of. I've been known to make myself a boudin sandwich a time or two, or a tamale sandwich, or a potato salad sandwich. Yes, I'm a carboholic.

      2. Forget all others: red boudin @ Hebert's in Abbeville LA. (Their white is good too)..
        Just superb stuff.

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        1. re: bishopsbitter

          We have an Hebert's in Tulsa - gotta love them.

          1. re: bishopsbitter

            There's a Herbert's right here in Houston on Dairy Ashford across the street from Stratford HS, don't know if they are related.

            1. re: Lambowner

              There's lots and lots of Hebert's in southern Louisiana. They are probably all somehow related even if they don't know it. If I had to bet on it, I would say they are not owned by the same families just because the odds would be on my side. But I've lost many bets in my life.

              1. re: texasredtop

                Hebert's in Abbeville is a working slaughterhouse so blood is in plentiful supply. When it's in full swing they have 6 or 8 butchers wielding knives over many tables of meat. I haven't been there in a few years but frequented it a lot (almost every few months for 10 years) before that. There's a convenient sugar-cane field just around the corner where you can park and eat the spoils. Their cracklin's are excellent too. They are closed Sunday but open 6 days otherwise, as I recall. Red & white boudin, a few cracklin's, and a couple of cold beers is the breakfast of champions par excellence. Directions attached:

                 
                1. re: bishopsbitter

                  The local Hebert's on Richmond (same strip as Luling City Market, I think) has been pretty good for me, but I'm a boudin n00b. I've liked their stuffed chickens, and even got a turducken from them for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago (I liked the stuffed chicken better). The freezers have lots of interesting things, and I don't recall being overly disappointed with anything (but I'm no expert). I also picked up some Slap Ya Mama hot rub from them - its blazing hot!

                  1. re: caliking

                    I made some of my own variation on red boudin (more like black pudding as no rice but oatmeal) but rice would have improved taste & texture for sure so will repeat the "messy" exercise for sure). Result was "OK" but rather lacking in "bite". Red boudin is hard to find even in LA. (I think "in theory" it may even be borderline illegal for some stupid nanny law or another.)

                     
                     
                     
                    1. re: bishopsbitter

                      Impressive! While I wouldn't make red boudin, I've never even attempted any boudin. Or sausage. Lots of work. I love crawfish boudin :-)

                      1. re: texasredtop

                        I also think quanity is key: you can't make small batch and also the seasoning is critical and can only be gotten 100% right on an iterative basis.

                      2. re: bishopsbitter

                        Anthony Bourdain did a fantastic show in Louisiana that aired Monday called Cajun Country. The last 30 minutes or so, he was at a party where hoards of people broke down a pig (AB kills the poor thing first) and made many different dishes, including this red boudin, the blood being the first item collected. I found it fascinating. Catch it if you can on rerun.

                        1. re: Lambowner

                          Shute! I would have loved to see that. If you ever want a guide to the "hard to find" boudin and cracklin places my bible used to be the "Cajun Country Guide" likely out of print, but perhaps still partly useful and long-standing places don't change that much.
                          http://www.amazon.com/Cajun-Country-G...
                          that said I know a lot of favorite places (Rowena's Grocery in Sunset) are gone. This is the book that hooked me into Hebert's in Abbeville and many many other places I simply would nto have found. Like Bourdain, I discovered a level of food there that's nowhere to be found this side of the state line, or indeed very many places - period. And I think the area around Lafayette is one of my favorite worldwide food destinations.

                          1. re: bishopsbitter

                            Caught it last night on rerun. Perfectly sums up why I proclaim the country around Lafayette some of (maybe) the best food in the US. It's all about the fanaticism of the (adult and children both) diner / cooking community. It's been too long since I got over there and plan to do so STAT. I think AB was also quite blown away as I was about 20 years ago when I started spending serious time there.

                            1. re: bishopsbitter

                              He was totally impressed. There was an amazing amount of energy at that party. AB was live tweeting during the show, and though I don't tweet, I found his tweeting on the Travel Channel's web site. It is one my favorite episodes to date. And I've never been to Lafayette! he said that stew at the end was one of his "best ever" food experiences. This stew:

                              http://twitter.com/#!/NoReservations/...

                              1. re: Lambowner

                                There's nothing like southern Louisiana and it's more than just the food :-)

                                I'm heading back that way next week.

                                1. re: texasredtop

                                  If only the spirit of such stellar eats permeated to TX. But it's only 4 hours away at least. Ad yes "it's MORE than just the food." Well said.

            2. I went to the Boudin Cook-off In Lafayette, LA (my hometown) this weekend, and I got to sample a lot of boudin from around the area. Before then, I never really liked boudin, but after tasting a boudin from different places, I really started to like some of it! I videoed my experience there. Jump to :37 seconds in!

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-lims...

              Also Hebert's Speciality Meats is based out of Maurice, LA. They do have a restaurant in Tulsa, OK, which is just as good as the one in Maurice!

              1. Jaymes has been awol for a month or so now. Hopefully, she'll see this and let us know she's OK, but has just been traveling and will return shortly to regale us with her exploits.

                And... Nice vid Lane. Do that more often.

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                1. re: DoobieWah

                  In my mind, Jaymes won the $100 Million lotto and has her "people" watching Chowhound for anything of interest. She has changed her name and does not allow them to know that she posted here or who she was previously for safety reasons.

                  Seriously, I was also thinking about Jaymes when I opened this thread and wondering about her.

                  1. re: texasredtop

                    Rest assured, had I won the lottery, I would have chartered a jet and picked up all y'all for a boudin smack-down between the best of Houston and New Orleans and all points in-between.

                    I've been taking care of my brand new grandbaby (!) and finding new places in Katy to eat. There have been some really wonderful new restaurants out here, and we've been doing a lot of take-out. I keep meaning to document it all, but it's turned into something akin to a high school book report that I can't seem to force myself to finish.

                    But I will.

                    Thanks for thinking of me.

                    1. re: Jaymes

                      Congratulations on the new grandbaby. Being a grandparent is certainly more important than new places to eat. They grow up so fast (like mine have) and we will likely be here waiting for your reports for a long time to come.

                      Glad to hear you are okay :-)

                2. I have now had the jalapeno boudin at Captain Benny's twice and it is wonderful. If you're there, get it!! It's an appetizer and it's under $4 I think.

                  1. Not sure if in this thread but I have mentioned the pretty good home-made boudin at the meat market (Janek's) in Eagle Lake on CH threads a few times. Unfortunately the meat market went out of business recently. Not surprisingly as they were pretty unresponsive to customer input: I used to bring them a lot of my business but when it was clear they didn't really seem to value it I faded away as I suspect did many others, hence the closure. Austin's BBQ is still smokin' out here though (if little else of note: the old Farris Hotel may be showing signs of life as "Wessex Hall" but not sure if/when). Vincek's in East Bernard have also recently started to add white boudin to their sausage line-up. Have to sampled as yet.