This place is absolutely packed with people and the boudin, cracklin,
and meat are flying out the door.
The secret to T-Boy's boudin.
Location: 2228 Pine Point Rd.,
Ville Platte, LA 70586 (The address may be Ville Platte, but that is
only an oddity of the addressing system. They're really in/outside
Ambiance: On the outskirts of Mamou,
a town world renowned for the country Mardi Gras run that happens
every year, this custom butcher shop is a crazy place to be on a
Saturday morning. It is a cacophony of joyous workers snipping
boudin and taking orders for all sorts of custom cuts of meat. T-Boy
probably isn't too far away, making sure the customers, most of whom
he knows by name, are taken care of. Oh, and if you're looking for a
piece of Magnalite to add to your collection you can probably find
one at T-Boys.
will be pulled from a large steamer and snipped to order with a pair
of scissors. Nice!
Casing: Slightly crisp.
Rice/Meat Ratio: More meat than rice. Still, a nice
balance of the two.
Texture: A perfect melding
of rice and pork, some in tiny pieces. The rice is mostly ground
into small bits, but the whole thing is bound together nicely with
plenty of green onion and plenty of juice.
Taste: Perhaps it is T-Boy's secret
spices. Or, perhaps it is the use of fresh pork (that's what he
tells me), but one thing is for sure. This is one good tasting link.
Comments: If you find yourself in Mamou you should
find T-Boys. Even if you don't have a reason to go to Mamou you
should find one. Perhaps the simple fact that Mamou is the center of
Cajun music is a good enough reason (check out Fred's lounge).
Perhaps you want to see the most spectacular Mardi Gras run in the
world. Perhaps you just want to go for a nice drive into the Cajun
prairie land. Whatever the reason, T-Boys is worth the trip. Make
sure to check out the GIANT boudin balls (2 for $1).