Ronnie’s Boudin and Cracklin House in Baton Rouge, LA = B+ Rated Boudin

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Location: 9830 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, LA

Ambiance: The smell of fried chicken wafts through the air as you walk in. They don’t even make fried chicken, but the scent of the glorious bird seems unmistakable. In a building that was probably a fast food place a generation ago, you’ll step into a place ready to sell you a variety of hot-on-the-spot delicacies such as boudin, crackling, boudin balls, and meat pies: Plus, they have ample indoor seating.

THE BOUDIN

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Cost: $2.99 lb.

Presentation: Yanked from a giant rice cooker, wrapped in buther paper, and wrung up (all in one continuous motion it seems).

Casing: Not too crisp, not too rubbery: just right.

Texture: A meaty mixture with several different meat components (meat, gristle, fat). Very little rice and no easily discernable onion or other greenery.

Rice/Meat Ratio: Much more meat. The limited rice is pulverized.

Spices: Medium

Overall Taste: Meaty and tasty with a slight black pepper tinge. However, the experience is compromised by too much gristle and too many large chunks of fat.

Comments: A good stop in Baton Rouge, Ronnie’s offers a whole lot of different stuffed meats and sausages (including deer sausage). They are a great place to pop in for a hot snack and you’ll probably gain some friends by bringing a box of their boudin to the game. Oh, and the cracklin are awesome and come in a seasoned and unseasoned variety. Not sure why you’d want the unseasoned, unless you’re packing your own “Slap Ya Mamma.”

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Reviewed on November 5, 2006

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