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.


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!


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.


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