Cajun/Creole | Grocery Store
Worth driving from anywhere!

Earl’s is a small grocery store with a significant butcher shop in back. The butcher shop makes some of the best boudin in Cajun Louisiana, and it is available by the link from a hot box near the cash register.

Cajun country boudin is not all that easy to eat. Some are so messy that you want a drop cloth as soon as you sever the casing. But Earl’s is made for off-the-dashboard dining, each link so dense that once the casing is breached (knife recommended), you can fork out pieces in tidy clumps. It is so greaseless you’d be tempted to call it lean if it didn’t taste so succulent, the pork and rice and spice combined into a package that needs only beer (or Barq’s root beer) on the side to be a complete meal.

Earl’s also serves plate lunch, including fine fried chicken, po boys, red beans and rice, and catfish on Friday. We enjoyed our boudin along with fried chicken, red beans, and rice plus a bag of Zapp’s Cajun-Voodoo flavored potato chips. As we dined off the dashboard in Earl’s parking lot, we listened to music on a disc we had picked up from a car-trunk vendor outside of Fremin’s, a New Iberia furniture store that also happens to make hefty boudin links. The CD was recorded by a rollicking Zydeco band that included accordion, washboard, and clicking spoons, as well as Cajun vocals that no outsider could possibly comprehend. Altogether, it was an entirely local meal, and memorably delicious.

What to Eat
Earl’s, Boudin
Elegant boudin with inelegant utensils: a classic Cajun-country sight. Earl's boudin is some of the region's very best, with a natural casing that crunches and insides that fairly burst with spiced pork and rice.
Earl’s, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Plate lunch at Earl's. This is mighty good fried chicken, but not good enough to dissuade us from a meal of boudin sausage.
Earl’s, Red Beans
Red Beans
Red beans are a staple throughout southern Louisiana. These came as a companion to the fried chicken plate lunch. Note the surfeit of pig meat that flavors them.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8 am - 7 pm
Monday7 am - 7 pm
Tuesday7 am - 7 pm
Wednesday7 am - 7 pm
Thursday7 am - 7 pm
Friday7 am - 7 pm
Saturday7 am - 7 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 265 MILES | 5 hr 18 min

West of New Orleans from Baton Rouge to St. Charles and from the swamps of Avery Island to the prairies of Evangeline Parish, hundreds of places sell boudin sausage. Unlike a Texas hot link, boudin tends not to be a firm sort of sausage. Once its natural casing is cut, the seasoned pork-and-rice mix spills…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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