Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen in Lake Charles, LA = A Rated Boudin

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Ambiance: A delightfully friendly kitchen and meat shop where you can order up a first-rate plate lunch and/or walk away with some great sausage, boudin, andouille, or tasso. The walls are adorned with some customer-hostile signs which are not at all indicative of the way the customer will be treated. The owners are ever-present and run a tight shop from their desk-table-office situated right inside the dining area.

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Stand right up to the counter and get what you need. And, don’t forget to pick up a shaker of their famous seasoning blend. It is fantastic and it is a bargain.

Location: 5614 Gerstner Memorial Blvd, Lake Charles, LA

THE BOUDIN  Hacketts3

Price: $3.10 lb

Presentation: Tightly wrapped in a huge piece of butcher paper.

Casing: The casing is thin and crisp.

Meat/Rice Ratio: More rice than meat, but they play off of each other in a well choreographed dance of starch and protein.

Texture: Crisp onion, perfectly cooked extra long grain rice and a delicious pulverized meat mixture.

Spice: Mild/Medium (the warmth is slow).

Overall Flavor: This is one fantastic link with a nearly imperceptible liver taste. It is giant and packed with flavor that is, literally, bursting out of the casing. Nice, juicy, reddish. Yum!

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Mrs. Hackett is, justifiably, proud of the food made at her Cajun Kitchen.

Comments: This is a huge link (weighing almost an entire pound). They sell a spicy and a mild version: I recommend the spicy. They also sell crawfish and shrimp boudin.

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The desk-table-office: This may look like a back room office, but it is actually located in a corner of the restaurant itself..


Reviewed March 2008

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