Scott, Louisiana - Boudin Capital of the World


On April 12, 2012, Scott, Louisiana was designated by the State Legislature of Louisiana as the "Boudin Capital of the World."  This was no small feat and it meant that Broussard, Louisiana needed to relinquish the title [Broussard is now known as the "former Boudin Capital of the World"] and that Jennings, Louisiana's title of "Boudin Capital of the Universe," while seemingly more prestigious, would take a back seat to the boudininalia in Scott.  The city of Scott's claim to the title is substantial, with more boudin purveyors per-capita than any other place in the state and a couple of the more prominent boudin makers (Don's Specialty Meats and Best Stop) to boot, no other city in Louisiana (and thereby the world!) produces more links than Scott.  Who has the best boudin in Scott?  Only your taste buds can tell you the answer to that question.

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In order to make the best of your boudin adventures in Scott, we have put together an assessment of the six different places that make their own boudin in the city and we offer it as a resource and discussion point.  In order to determine who has the best boudin out of all the places in Scott, we interviewed customers, did our own taste tests, and took into consideration the totality of the boudin stop.

THE TOP PLACES TO TRY BOUDIN IN SCOTT
1. Don's Specialty Meats
2. Billy's Boudin and Cracklin
3. Early's Supermarket
4. Mike's Country Corner
5. The Best Stop
6. Romero's

Don's Speciatly Meats

-- We rank Don's Specialty Meats at the top of the list because of their devotion to quality and consistency.  Really, no one does it like Don's.  Owner Mark "Aubrey" Cole oversees a spotless specialty meat shop/deli/store that has something for everyone. The boudin is meaty and succulent with plenty of rice and a serious peppery kick. Last year alone the store sold 764,000 lbs of the boudin.   The Scott location opened in 2005 and its comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, along with its first-rate Cajun food, make it an essential stop.

Don's began in Carencro, Louisiana, in 1993 and that small store is still going strong. There can be little doubt that Don's sells more homemade boudin and cracklin than anyone else in the entire state. .  If you're lucky enough to get here on a Saturday morning, do yourself a favor and get a pork-chop sandwich too.  It is a porky delicacy unto itself.

Don's Speciatly Meats
730 I-10 S Frontage Rd,, Scott, LA 70583, Phone 337-234-2528
Store Hours: M-Thurs 6 am - 7 pm, Fri & Sat 6 am - 8 pm, Sun 7 am - 8 pm

Billy's Boudin and Cracklin

-- Billy's is a relative newcomer to the boudin scene in Scott, but they've made a huge impact and have quickly developed a following for their boudin creations.  This is the place to get boudin pistollettes (fried bread rolls that are stuffed with boudin), boudin roll-ups, crunchy boudin balls, boudin balls with pepper jack cheese, smoked boudin, boudin sandwiches, and, of course, regular boudin.  Our advice is to order a link of smoked boudin, a boudin egg roll, and a pepper-jack boudin ball to create your own delicious smorgasbord.  Grab a cold RC Cola from the cooler and you're good to go.

Billy's got their start in Krotz Spring and then expanded to Opelousas where they run a place called Ray's that serves two boudin recipes: Billy's and Ray's.  They only bring Billy's boudin down to Scott, but that's the only one you'll want.  It is a great recipe with a smooth warm heat and a fresh pork punch. 

Billy's Boudin & Cracklins
523 Apollo Rd

Scott, LA 70583
337-232-1114
www.BillysBoudinandCracklin.com




Early's Supermarket - Now That's Cajun

--  What started over 50 years ago as a little store run out of the owner's modest house, is today one of the few remaining classic Cajun Supermarkets.  What does that mean?  It means that it is an old-school grocery store run with Cajun pride and hospitality and that the meat department and hot deli are second to none.  They're the original purveyors of hot links of boudin in Scott and they're true to their roots. The link is perfectly seasoned and well-balanced.  The boudin making ritual at Early's is steeped in tradition and every pound of the 1,800 lbs they make each week is carefully prepared.

Early's is a must stop and it is so close to Don's and Billy's that you can practically just walk a circuit between the three of them. 


 

Early's Cajun Supermarket
1410 Saint Mary St
Scott, LA 70583

Mike's Country Corner

--- Mike's Country Corner is a quintessential country corner store that has been sitting at this crossroads for nearly 100 years.  Today, owner Mike Moody, his wife, and son run the store with gusto and they're carving out a name for themselves with their boudin balls.  Boudin balls, are the delicious filling inside a link of boudin rolled into a ball, lightly dusted, and deep fried to golden perfection.  These are not for the faint of heart and Mike not only spends considerable time getting his recipe right, but he also makes sure that no one in the area (likely the entire state) has a bigger boudin ball.

Mike's Country Corner 
7499 Cameron Street 
Duson, LA‎ 
(337) 873-3467
Mon-Sat, 5:30 AM-8:00 PM; Sunday, 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM 
 www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Country-Corner



Best Stop Grocery

-- In business since 1986, The Best Stop sometimes gets criticism for sliding by on their reputation and some folks say their link is too greasy.  However, the recipe, like many across Acadiana, is one passed down from past generations; but not without adjustments and tweaking along the way.  At this point, it seems the Best Stop may have tweaked the rice right out of the link.  This does not sit well with Cajun boudin purists who seek out a link with the more traditional ratio of equal parts of pork and rice.  But, if it is a meaty and fatty link you crave, this one might just fit the bill.

According to their own reports, the Best Stop makes a staggering 10,000 pounds (that's FIVE TONS) of boudin a week.  So, if you're looking for a small-time operation, this would not be it.  They have a saying that you're "slackin" if you're not eatin' The Best Stop.  So, if you don't want to be a slacker - head their way.

Best Stop Supermarket
615 Highway 93 N
Scott, LA 70583

Romero's Grocery

-- Kenny Suire owns Romero's and he prides himself on keeping things traditional and is fiercely proud of his Cajun heritage.  Romero's has been in business, under one owner or another, since the early 1960s and their boudin recipe has followed those owners.  Today, as it has been for the past 21 years, the link is made by the store's butcher: "Moose." The dense link is somewhat bland and although you'll find large chunks of green onion, the so-so flavor offers little of the succulent Cajun zest you might be seeking out in a link of boudin. They only sell about 100 lbs of their links each week; an amount that pales in comparison to the "big boys" down the road.

At the end of the day our recommendation is that, in a comprehensive test of all the links in the Boudin Capital of the World, you try Romero's link for experimental purposes .

Romero's Grocery
1335 Highway 93 North
Scott, LA 70583