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Jerry Lee's Kwik Stop

12181 Greenwell Springs Rd., Baton Rouge, LA - (225) 272-0739
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/11/2009 5:29:00 AM
A neon sign in the window of Jerry Lee's, a strip mall butcher shop / convenience store in Baton Rouge, shows a boiling pot with this legend underneath: "If it's not Jerry Lee's, it's not Boudin." While a lot of Cajun boudin is fire-hot, Jerry Lee's is only haloed by pepper … all the better to savor the flavor of rice that is its dominant ingredient, along with the luxe of ground pork that is its soul.

In a heated case near the cash register, you will find the boudin already extracted from its casing and piled into rolls along with cheese, the latter, in our opinion, completely overwhelming the refined flavor play of the former. The better choice is to forgo the fixins and get a couple of links, which cost about $1.75 each. Their natural casing is tough, virtually impossible to cut with teeth alone, but once it is severed with a knife, the filling erupts, sending forth the sweet perfume of hot pork touched with pepper and onion and virtually melded to whole al dente grains of rice.

Like so many boudin purveyors in this region, Jerry Lee's offers no dining facilities. For travelers, it's a dashboard-dining experience, using plastic knives and forks and paper napkins.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Three half-pound links of boudin, ready to eat.
"Three half-pound links of boudin, ready to eat."
Cliff Strutz





A cut-open boudin close-up reveals the ground pork and rice mixture.
"A cut-open boudin close-up reveals the ground pork and rice mixture."
Cliff Strutz


A bag full of Jerry Lee's cracklins makes an ideal snack for the road when driving through Cajun country.
"A bag full of Jerry Lee's cracklins makes an ideal snack for the road when driving through Cajun country."
Cliff Strutz


Other Cajun meats such as tasso ham and andouille sausage are also available.
"Other Cajun meats such as tasso ham and andouille sausage are also available."
Cliff Strutz


I bet this looks great at night!
"I bet this looks great at night!"
Cliff Strutz


The sign above calls the place Jerry Lee's Cajun Foods, but it still has the soul of a convenience store.
"The sign above calls the place Jerry Lee's Cajun Foods, but it still has the soul of a convenience store."
Cliff Strutz


The combination of boudin and cheese makes a mighty sandwich, and at $2.19, a great bargain; but in my opinion, the salty surge of cheese eclipses the subtle bouquet of boudin spice.
"The combination of boudin and cheese makes a mighty sandwich, and at $2.19, a great bargain; but in my opinion, the salty surge of cheese eclipses the subtle bouquet of boudin spice. "
Michael Stern


A knife is needed to cut through the rugged natural casing that encloses the boudin.
"A knife is needed to cut through the rugged natural casing that encloses the boudin."
Michael Stern


Pork is cooked in a big boiling pot, depicted in Jerry Lee's excellent neon sign.
"Pork is cooked in a big boiling pot, depicted in Jerry Lee's excellent neon sign."
Michael Stern


One thing that makes eating around Cajun country so much fun is that some of the best food is not found in ordinary restaurants, but in convenience stores, gas stations, butcher shops, and roadside cracklin' vendors.
"One thing that makes eating around Cajun country so much fun is that some of the best food is not found in ordinary restaurants, but in convenience stores, gas stations, butcher shops, and roadside cracklin' vendors."
Michael Stern



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