To Louisiana natives, boudin is a staple of the state's food culture. A descendent from the French-speaking Acadians, boudin is essentially a sausage—but it's also not. Made from pork, cooked rice, onions, green peppers, and an assortment of Cajun seasonings, boudin is then stuffed into casings and typically served steamed, though its versatility has made it a beloved Louisiana tradition. Another popular boudin favorite is boudin balls, which are made up of meat and rice rolled into a ball and fried. What's not to love?
For anyone looking to take a trip to really explore the boudin delights of Louisiana, here are five of the best road trips to take to find and experience this dish.
Best Stop Supermarket
Take the two-hour drive down to Scott, Louisiana, for some of the best of the best at the Best Stop Supermarket. Since 1986, this small-town joint has been serving up some of the most award-winning boudin in Louisiana. They sell a whopping 2,000 pounds per day and are worth the drive for any boudin enthusiast. 615 LA-93, Scott, (337) 233-5805, beststopinscott.com
Abe's Grocery "the King of Boudin" offers a range of boudin products, from shrimp boudin to boudin balls. Located in Lake Charles, Abe's will have you happy you came, as soon as you try their famous boudin varieties. 1833 Gerstner Memorial Dr., Lake Charles, (337) 436-0045
Peto's Meat Market
This gas station favorite in Moss Bluff has it all: snacks, gas, and all the votes for best boudin eight years in a row, according to Lagniappe Magazine. Try their jalapeño cheese boudin balls for something a little spicy and something a lot good. 104 Bruce Cir., Moss Bluff, (337) 855-0034, petos-meat-market.business.site
This Lafayette stop is marked by the restaurant's famous "Hot Boudin To-Day" sign out front and its home-grown feel. Johnson's Boucaniere uses its famous boudin recipe, which dates back to 1937 and measures exclusively using Dixie Cups. 1111 St. John St., Lafayette, (337) 269-8878, johnsonsboucaniere.com
Chicken On The Bayou And Boudin Shop
This roadside kitchen, located in Breaux Bridge, is laid-back and has a great selection of Cajun food, including their famous boudin. Diners have the option of alligator, crawfish, pork, or seafood boudin. You can't really go wrong here, and the line out the door attests to the quality of their food. 2942 Grand Point Hwy. F, Breaux Bridge, (337) 667-6073, boudinshop.com