Meche’s Supermarket in Opelousas, LA = C+ Rated Boudin
Location: 1508 West Landry Street, Opelousas, LA 70560
Ambiance: Deep in the heart of Opelousas. We’ve been told that the store has been in business for 55 years. It is a small grocery store that looks like it makes a lot of money selling liquor as well as meats and foodstuff. The meat department is bustling and a friendly sign reminds you to speak up so that the butcher can hear your order over the buzzing saws cutting meat and bone in the work area behind you. They may be the friendliest and happiest group of butchers we’ve met. We had a hard time finding the place at first, but when we pulled into a gas station and asked a local for directions he jumped in his truck and told us to follow him. As we approached, he flashed us three cryptic hand signals, pointed us to the store, and motored off to buy himself some crawfish. Very nice. We appreciated the help.
Cost: $2.79 lb.
Presentation: Wrapped in a nice piece of butcher paper.
Casing: A little rubbery, but not too much.
Rice/Meat Ratio: More meat than rice.
Texture: Not dry/Not wet. Meat is smashed, mashed, a lilttle spongy, and is packed around the bits of rice. Still-crisp bits of green onion can be found throughout.
Spices: Very Hot.
Overall Taste: An interesting flavor that is hard to describe. It seems a little bit smoky, but the flavor is probably from a high liver content in the boudin. Unique best describes this boudin. It gets more pleasing with each bite and fortunately there is a lot off it.
Comments: This is a huge link of boudin. The picture below shows ONE link cut into three pieces. The single link weighed more than one pound. Luckily the butcher let us know that we might only need one link instead of the two we first ordered. You might want to give this link a try, but be sure to bring a friend, or two, to help you with it (unless you have a really big appetite).
Reviewed on 5/8/04