Charlie’s Meat Market in Mamou, LA = A- Rated Boudin
Ambiance: Mamou is smack in the middle of the Cajun Prairie and Charlie’s Meat Market is smack in the middle of Mamou. This is a tiny little store/meat market serving people in the immediate neighborhood and beyond. As we walked in the front door, the man coming out held the door for us and, somehow sensing we were in search of boudin, offered his endorsement: “This is the place for some great boudin, you can count on it.” Yep, this is a locals place.
Location: 117 Chestnut Street, Mamou, LA 70554
Presentation: A man boy with short hair will happily pull the link from a warm bath, slice it, carefully wrap it in butcher paper.
Casing: A sheer and crisp casing. Delightful.
Meat/Rice Ratio: More meat than rice.
Texture: Is it moist or is it dry? Could it be both? The link is so tightly bound that a slightly spongy texture is the result. Plenty of meat but no visible veggies of any kind.
Overall Flavor: A wonderful aroma fills the car as we open the butcher paper holding our links. This really is nice mash of meat rice and seasonings, thought it may have had a touch too much salt. While there are no visible veggies, the overall flavor is porky and pleasant to the pallet.
Reviewed November 2009