Johnson’s Boucaniere in Lafayette, LA = A+ Rated Boudin
Ambiance: Have you ever thought, “Gee, I should open up a small, quality driven, lunch type place, that makes all the great food I love cause I know everyone else will love it too.” ? Well, that’s what they’ve done here. It is a newly constructed place with back-bayou sensibilities. But it is right in the middle of Lafayette. Really nice.
Location: 1111 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA 70501 — Contact: 337-269-8878; www.johnsonsboucaniere.com – Hours: Tues-Fri, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm; Sat., 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Price: $3.89 lb. (or market price)
Presentation: Softly pulled from a giant rice cooker and handily wrapped in white butcher paper.
Casing: Wantonly yields to the bite. You’ll hear it snap.
Meat/Rice Ratio: An (ideal?) blend of rice and meat tending toward more meat.
Texture: Dryish with large and small bits of rice held in place by a pulverized meat blend.
Overall Flavor: A complex but clean flavor: Peppery, meaty, and seasoned. Be careful. It may have some of the qualities of “Turkish Delight.”
Comments: Due to popular demand you can now get a hot link whenever the craving hits. There is little more satisfying than getting a hot link of boudin and eating it on the large porch outside of Johnson’s. This place is run by the same family as the “World Famous” Johnson’s in Eunice. The Eunice location is closed, but the torch has been passed and it is burning and smoking in Lafayette.
Reviewed March 2009