Ray's claims "world famous" status for their boudin.
Bare shelves inside Ray's Grocery Plus.
Ray's old butcher block: A re-purposed remnant of the past.
Ray's logo is just a little different from the one he developed at
his first store (and which is still being used at Billy's Boudin).
A bit outside of town, Ray's occupies a small store that is just a
little too close to the highway for comfort. Neither the
"grocery" nor the "plus" has much to it, though a steady stream of
fans keep the place semi-lively. The old butcher block is now
used as a magazine table and the shelves of the store are mostly
6028 Highway 182, Opelousas, LA 70570
Price: $3.69 lb.
Presentation: The link is
given the "Opelousas Treatment" = cut, placed in a red and white
paper "boat" along with some crackers, and bagged in a white paper
sack with a giant red stamp of the store's name and logo.
casing is thin and breaks, but the link is pre cut and begs to be
Meat/Rice Ratio: More
rice than meat.
Texture: Dry and pasty
with a bland color to boot.
Overall Flavor: A
pronounced, but not overpowering, liver taste competes with the rice
for front billing in this link's flavor profile. It lacks much
pallet satisfying punch. If you try, you can taste the
tradition in this link and that just might be enough of a reason to
give it a shot.
Comments: This is Ray's
second go around in the boudin business. His recipe is also
being sold at Billy's Boudin in Opelousas. You can read that
review HERE. When Ray came back into the boudin business he sought
to reclaim what was once considered a must-eat boudin recipe and he
wanted to give his old recipe it's just and fair treatment. From what I've
come to understand, he did not believe the folks he sold his
business to were putting the proper attention into his once proud
boudin recipe. Head to Opelousas and do a taste test yourself
to see what you think.
A pre-cut link from Ray's Grocery Plus.