The King of Boudin is Ellis Cormier. His family recipe has been serving up boudin in this building since 1950.
The restaurant opened in 1975 after being a family grocery store for 39 years. I don't think they've changed the décor since.
You can sit on a wooden bench and read all about it, in framed clippings on the paneled wall. There are photos of the grocery store on opening day in 1950. The framed grocery advertisements are pretty amusing with their prices! Coffee was 39 cents a pound and you could get 5 pounds of sugar for 49 cents on the day the store opened!
I actually learned a lot about the history of boudin as I ate my link, served on paper...for $1.89.
This special recipe that combines pork, home-grown rice, green onions and seasonings was handed down for many generations. Ellis Cormier was an Acadian (Cajun) descended from early French residents of Nova Scotia. Boudin originated long ago in rural France.
I know I'm in Louisiana when I see a gator on display. One might think this was a gimmicky decoration to greet tourists, but I'm pretty sure our fellow diners were all locals. There were folks greeting each other across the dining room and workmen in overalls. I love a place filled with locals!
Next time we'll have to try the alligator!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.