Dave’s Quality Meats in New Iberia, LA = C- Rated Boudin

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Location: 804 E. Dale St., New Iberia, 70560

Ambiance: A small frame building on a side street in New Iberia. Not the most inviting part of town. Dave’s sells a wide variety of other food and meat products. They are especially popular for their stuffed breads; filled with boudin, crawfish, sausage, and other fillings. There is a large work area directly behind the counter where employees are busy preparing all types of meat products. The smell of hot cracklins is intoxicating upon first entering the establishment.

THE BOUDIN

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Cost: $2.49 lb.

Presentation: Served in a noticeably thin piece of butcher paper and placed in a plastic bag at the register.

Casing: The casing does not easily break when bitten into.

Rice/Meat Ratio: More meat than ricet, but it is a close ratio.

Texture: A soggy filling surrounding firmish bits of rice. This creates a unique and interesting texture. The limp pieces of green onion have the consistency of having been sautéed/overcooked.

Spices: Mildly warm.

Overall Taste: Soggy and salty. A strong liver taste. This is not the best tasting boudin. Although there seems to be a little more meat than rice, the rice is not enough to overpower the pungent liver taste.

Comments: Initially thought to be an attempt at a low-carb link, the Linksters have been set straight and now understand that this is just a regular link.. It is much darker than other boudins. Not likely to be a fan favorite, but it does possess a certain appeal for those who prefer a darker and more livery flavor.

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Reviewed on 2/14/04

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