Burt's is an inviting place.
Inside is an extensive hot food section and a long meat counter as
well as various grocery items.
The GIANT stuffed potatoes looked especially tasty.
Check out these bad boys: bacon wrapped jalapenos AND sausage!
The links await you in the hot food section. Or, you can buy
them cold (and for less money) at the meat counter.
By far the lowest price we've ever seen for boudin. How?
Rice! You pay more if you get it hot at the deli.
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.
5910 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020
The Boudin (Boudain) -
Regular and Hot
For a review of Burt's "Beef Boudain" click
Price: $1.89 lb from the
meat case and $3.29 a link (nearly a pound) from the hot food
Wrapped up tight in a generous portion of butcher paper.
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.
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
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).
Each link is nearly a full pound and the two ends are joined
together. Yes. It is that white.
This link has LOTS of rice.
The "hot" links of boudin have a totally different color and a
huge punch of heat.
Interior of the "hot" boudin (boudain) from Burt's in Houston.