T-Boy’s Boudin and Cracklin in Mamou and Eunice, LA = A+ Rated Boudin
Location: 2228 Pine Point Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586 (The address may be Ville Platte, but that is only an oddity of the addressing system. They’re really in/outside Mamou.)
Ambiance: On the outskirts of Mamou, a town world renowned for the country Mardi Gras run that happens every year, this custom butcher shop is a crazy place to be on a Saturday morning. It is a cacophony of joyous workers snipping boudin and taking orders for all sorts of custom cuts of meat. T-Boy probably isn’t too far away, making sure the customers, most of whom he knows by name, are taken care of. Oh, and if you’re looking for a piece of Magnalite to add to your collection you can probably find one at T-Boys.
Presentation: It will be pulled from a large steamer and snipped to order with a pair of scissors. Nice!
Casing: Slightly crisp.
Rice/Meat Ratio: More meat than rice. Still, a nice balance of the two.
Texture: A perfect melding of rice and pork, some in tiny pieces. The rice is mostly ground into small bits, but the whole thing is bound together nicely with plenty of green onion and plenty of juice.
Taste: Perhaps it is T-Boy’s secret spices. Or, perhaps it is the use of fresh pork (that’s what he tells me), but one thing is for sure. This is one good tasting link.
Comments: If you find yourself in Mamou you should find T-Boys. Even if you don’t have a reason to go to Mamou you should find one. Perhaps the simple fact that Mamou is the center of Cajun music is a good enough reason (check out Fred’s lounge). Perhaps you want to see the most spectacular Mardi Gras run in the world. Perhaps you just want to go for a nice drive into the Cajun prairie land. Whatever the reason, T-Boys is worth the trip. Make sure to check out the GIANT boudin balls (2 for $1).
Reviewed January 7, 2006