NuNu’s (Broussard’s) Grocery and Fresh Market, Louisiana = A Rated Boudin
Location #1: 113 Espasie Dr Milton, LA 70558509
Location #2: Lafayette St, Youngsville, LA 70592 — Phone:(337) 856-7388 — Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6:30-9:00; Sunday, 7:00-8:00
Location #3: 309 E Lafayette St, Maurice, LA 70555 — Phone:(337) 898-3355
Ambiance: We visited NuNu’s Fresh Market in Youngsville this weekend (April 2013) to update our review of one of the best links around. NuNu’s Fresh Market is a great store filled with happy and helpful employees. It is more modern than the Milton location, but it still has that hometown appeal. Back in 2006 we wrote this of the Milton store: If you make your way to Broussard’s you’ll officially be “off the beaten path” and that’s a good thing. Quite and peaceful is the best way to describe Milton. If you want to really give them a good laugh go in and ask how to find NuNu’s (people in the know understand that NuNu is Mr. W. Broussard’s nickname and that Broussard’s Supermarket and NuNu’s are one in the same). Inside you’ll find a truly family-run business: Virtually everyone working in the place is some type of relative. This is what it is all about. They call themselves “The Supermarket with Small Time Flair & Specialty Meats with Big Time Taste” and we can attest to the fact that the meat case/specialty meats are spectacular!
Price: $3.69 in April 2013 ($3.29 lb. in 2006)
Presentation: On our visit in 2013 at NuNu’s Fresh Market, they served the links from the deli and put them in a Styrofoam plate and sealed in plastic wrap. Back in 2006 we had a boudinlink first! The links were served in protective shell of two Styrofoam rectangles and the shell was then wrapped in plastic. You could take it fishing with you and the water will never break through the seal. (See below)
Rice/Meat Ratio: Perhaps a smidgen more rice than meat.
Texture: You’ll find a lot of different textures in this link. Yeah, you might find a bit of fat and a bit of liver, but if that scares you then you shouldn’t be eating boudin in the first place. Lots of green onion throughout and you can see the specks of red pepper sticking to the rice and meat. It is all brought together with a delicious juiciness.
Spice: Hot and spicy
Overall Taste: A decidedly “rich” boudin flavor reminiscent of the way locals have been eating boudin for generations. The link’s flavor is enhanced with the use of NuNu’s own secret Cajun seasoning blend and they don’t skimp on it. This link has it all going on.
Comments: NuNu’s is a perennial fan favorite and judges choice at the annual Boudin Cook-Off. They put a tremendous amount of effort into the products they make and the meats they cut. They’re one of our favorite stops for specialty meats and sausages. Give NuNu’s a try. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better link of boudin in Louisiana. Dave is still one of the best Cajun cooks around and he’s a true craftsman when it comes to the boudin arts. Back in 2006 we wrote: You’ll find a new sign on the front of the store than the one pictured here. You’ll also be able to shop at a new location in the coming months. Broussard’s . . . . er NuNu’s . . . . . is expanding to Youngsville. And, based on what I saw of the new smoker they’re getting, you can expect some fabulous smoked meat products. Right now they do their own custom smoking in a smokehouse out back. “Dave” is NuNu’s resident boudin craftsperson. Ask if he’s around and he’ll give you the lowdown on his current batch of links.
Reviewed on Spring 2006