Hebert's Specialty Meats
Location: 8212 Maurice Ave.  Maurice, LA 70555

Ambiance: Hebertís is on the outskirts of Maurice, a town known for its strict enforcement of speed limits.  This is a bustling specialty meat market famous for their stuffed chickens.  At any given time the work area behind the counter is filled with young men stuffing and sewing chickens and/or putting together ke-bobs with chunks of meat and vegetable.  They also have freezer cases with a variety of home-made products like meat or crawfish pies and fresh sausages.
OVERALL RATING: A
THE BOUDIN
Cost:
$2.59 lb.
Casing: 
A bit rubbery yet still breakable to the tooth.
Rice/Meat Ratio: 
Simultaneously meaty and ricey.
Texture: 
The rice is ground up and intermingles with the crushed meat. With the rice being ground and the meat being pulverized this creates a particularly mild and smooth texture.
Spices: 
Hot.  A lot of heat at the end.
Overall Taste: 
Excellent.   A black-pepper flavor is distinctive, but by no means overpowering.  Nice swine flavor and nice rice flavor.  Not at all greasy.
Comments: 
Thanks to Beth Green for this recommendation.  With an nice location just south of Lafayette, Hebertís is worth a little trip for the boudin and to pick up some specialty meat.  Try it.  Youíll like it.
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Reviewed on 3/6/04
Hebert's Specialty Meats