Country Cuisine – Lafayette, LA = C+ Rated Boudin
Location: 709 North University Ave. Lafayette, LA 70506-1366
Ambiance: This is a small restaurant serving “authentic Creole cuisine” and BBQ. Place your order and wait for your number to be called then pay and enjoy. Each day brings a new special such as pork roast, rib tip stew, fried pork chops, or smothered cabbage. Lots of yummy foods here.
Cost: $1.65 per link (size varies)
Presentation: Placed in a large Styrofoam “clamshell” and rung up at the register.
Casing: Loose and rubbery. Quite chewy.
Rice/Meat Ratio: More meat than rice.
Texture: The texture is definitely “wet” and some might say soggy. The filling is not tightly packed in the casing and it has the consistency of loose rice-dressing. Bits of pork are intermingled with equal amounts of rice, well cooked green onion, and a mixture of spices. Each bite will fall apart in your mouth. Unfortunately there were several bits of “foreign matter” located amongst the filling.
Overall Taste: A highly flavor link of boudin that is warm and satisfying. It might be a bit too greasy for some, but all that juice is full of flavor.
Comments: The link’s fattiness was a little off-putting, but it is a good link of boudin. Since you pay-by-the-link instead of by-the-pound, the size of your link may vary. Of course, in addition to the boudin you should try any one of their specialties or seafood plates. It is a busy kitchen and the staff behind the counter work hard to get the food out to all their customers at this popular lunch stop. They open at 10:00 AM, so do not plan on showing up early. Also: Expect a line and understand that this is not “fast food.” Even the boudin isn’t fast!
Reviewed on 1/16/05