Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen in Lake Charles, LA = A Rated Boudin
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.
Location: 5614 Gerstner Memorial Blvd, Lake Charles, LA
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!
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.
Reviewed March 2008