Burt's Meat Market
Featuring Cajun Boudain and Sausage
(Houston, Texas)
Burts Cajun Boudain
Burt's is an inviting place.
Burts Cajun Boudain
Inside is an extensive hot food section and a long meat counter as well as various grocery items.
Burts Cajun Boudain
The GIANT stuffed potatoes looked especially tasty.
Burts Cajun Boudain
Check out these bad boys: bacon wrapped jalapenos AND sausage!  Oh My!
Burts Cajun Boudain
The links await you in the hot food section.  Or, you can buy them cold (and for less money) at the meat counter.
Burts Cajun Boudain
By far the lowest price we've ever seen for boudin.  How?  Rice!  You pay more if you get it hot at the deli.
AmbianceVery close to the downtown area, Burt's is a poplar neighborhood place and folks in line tell me that it draws people from all over Houston.  I believe it.  Burt's has been in operation since the 1940s so they're clearly doing things right.  The inside is well-worn, in a good way, and the staff is friendly.
Location: 5910 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020
The Boudin (Boudain) - Regular and Hot
For a review of Burt's "Beef Boudain" click HERE.


Price
: $1.89 lb from the meat case and $3.29 a link (nearly a pound) from the hot food counter
Presentation
: Wrapped up tight in a generous portion of butcher paper.
Casing
: The casing is thin and brittle as it has been in the heating area for the hot foods for a spell.
Meat/Rice Ratio: Tremendous amounts of rice. Tiny portions of meat. Perhaps 87/13
Texture
: The texture of this massive link is dominated by the rice.  The rice is well cooked, but the filling is on the dry side.  The meat that can be found is in little chunks and there are lots of green onions. 
Spice: The mild is "mild" (surprise surprise) and the Spicy is HOT!
Overall Flavor:
  There is a subtle smoky flavor to the link.  Or, perhaps it was heated on a grill?  Additionally, there is a pronounced parsley and black pepper flavor.  Overall the flavors are good, but it is the imbalance of meat and rice that holds this link back.  The "hot" link adds more flavor, but it is not a balanced flavor (as sometimes happens when one seeks to only heat things up).
Comments: The price is a bargain (but that is because of the sheer amount of rice).  The hot foods looked great and the prices were right.  I'll bet the place is a great lunch stop (though there is no indoor seating).


Burts Cajun Boudain
Each link is nearly a full pound and the two ends are joined together.  Yes.  It is that white.
Burts Cajun Boudain
This link has LOTS of rice.
Burts Cajun Boudain
The "hot" links of boudin have a totally different color and a huge punch of heat.
Burts Cajun Boudain
Interior of the "hot" boudin (boudain) from Burt's in Houston.

Overall Rating = B
Reviewed December 2010
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