Benoit’s Smokehouse and Speciatly Meats in Addis, LA = A- Rated Boudin
Ambiance: A delightful meat shop/butcher block not too far from Baton Rouge. The freezer cases are filled with a wide assortment of tantalizing meats and prepared dishes from gumbo to spaghetti sauce, shrimp stuffed mushrooms, and hot tamales. They even have an extensive selection of party trays.
Location: 7251 Hwy 1 South, Addis, Louisiana 70710 (there is also a St. Francisville location)
Price: $3.19 lb
Presentation: The link is cut into pieces, wrapped in butcher paper, and readied for the eating.
Casing: A crisp and tight casing.
Meat/Rice Ratio: More rice than meat? Perhaps. It is a close 50/50 ratio for sure.
Texture: A dryish filling of pulverized meat and rice.
Spice: Mild in the heat department.
Overall Flavor: The flavor of this link includes a noted hint of liver. With small bits of green onion and a pulverized interior, the dry filling offers a significantly salacious sensation to your senses. It is darn good and darn satisfying. Would I serve it to my momma? Yes.
Comments: According to the Benoit family, if they can’t eat it at home they will not sell it. That is certainly a good approach to the food business and there are others that could follow that bit of wisdom. You may have to put in a special order for their famous “Hock and Cock Stew.” Smoking over 1,000 pounds of meat per day keep them plenty busy.
Reviewed February 2008