Comeaux’s (On Kaliste Saloom) in Lafayette = A Rated Boudin
Location: S – 2807 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, 70508
Ambiance: Remember the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” It applies here. It’d be easy to drive right by this Exxon station because nothing about its outward appearance suggests the wondrous meat products, plate lunches, and BOUDIN that you will find inside. Once you’re inside it looks more like a place that serves food and the freezer cases are well stocked with all sorts of Cajun delicacies. This is where you’ll find alligator, crawfish, shrimp, or seafood boudin, all sorts of smoked sausages, and even stuffed roasts.
Cost: $2.89 lb.
Presentation: Taken from the freezer in a vacuumed-pack and placed in a high powered microwave, zapped for a few minutes, then wrapped in butcher paper and rung up at the register. This is for the “hot/spicy” boudin. The regular boudin is served hot, right out of the steamer.
Casing: Crisp. It’ll snap right off.
Rice/Meat Ratio: Equal amounts of meat and rice.
Texture: A comminuted filling where the rice and pork are reduced to one homogeneous whole. A little dry, but not moistureless. Bits of green onion, onion, bell pepper add flecks of color and flavor.
Spices: Hot but not too hot. Just right hot. (Their regular boudin comes in three varieties: mild, regular, and hot).
Overall Taste: Almost ambrosial. Yes, that’s right . . . . . . we loved it! True it came from a freezer. Correct it was made in the Comeaux food plant. But guess what? It is darn good. This hearty link may be a tad on the dry side, but it is packed with flavor.
Comments: Talk to the owners of this establishment. They know their boudin. In fact, they know all their Cajun food. While most folks still remember the Comeaux’s near UL Lafayette, this is the same family and they’ve been serving food from this gas station-come-lunch dispenser for 17 years. There is another Comeaux’s on West Congress (See Review), a brother we believe, but that place was recently sold so we expect the boudin recipe to change. For our tastes the hot boudin is the one to get. The regular is good too though. The mild is made especially for “sick” people. I guess if you are stuck in a hospital and can only eat very mildly seasoned food this is a good option. Otherwise stick to the “hot” or “regular.”
Reviewed on 3/5/05