T-JIM’S Grocery and Market in Cottonport, LA = B+ Rated Boudin
Ambiance: A fabulously simple corner store with a legendary reputation for service and meat products. This place is family run through and through.
Location: 928 H J Kaufman Ave, Cottonport, LA
Price: .3.19 lb
Presentation: Hot and ready to go. They will wrap it on a Styrofoam meat tray.
Casing: Thin and “crispish.” Not crispy.
Meat/Rice Ratio: Equal amounts of rice and meat. Some of the meat is certainly from the “richer” parts of the pig.
Texture: Kind of dry and sticky. There are various meaty components to the link. Not easy to find the green onions. If you look you’ll find them though.
Overall Flavor: Black peppery. You’ll be hit with a rich black pepper scent as you open the package and the black pepper flavor stands out when you eat this link. The off-grey color is fun and the use of various pork flavors adds a depth of flavor lacking in many links.
Comments: This place and this link are “old school.” The recipe is generations old and you can almost taste the tradition. Cottonport is curious place to visit, the setting of the store on a street filled with historic buildings harkens back to a bygone day. Add a link from T-Jim’s to the mix and you’ll feel like you’re back in the 1920s.
Reviewed March 2009