Boudreau & Thibodeau’s (pronounced: Boo-Dro & Tib-a-doe’s)
5602 West Main St.
Houma, LA 70360
Houma Louisiana is less than an hour’s drive from New Orleans but a world apart. Houma is in Cajun Country and one of the locations of the hit show Swamp People. Right down the road from the Houma Visitors Center is one of the locals' favorite lunch spots, Boudreau & Thibodeau’s.
As you can see by the picture the place doesn’t look like anything special. In fact, when I arrived, it looked like a pickup truck convention was in session. The interior is very rustic, as you would expect, and when you taste their authentic Cajun food, you know you’re in for a treat.
They have two Louisiana Gumbos on their menu. Louisiana Seafood Gumbo with Shrimp and Crab and a Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. The Louisiana Seafood Gumbo is priced at $5.49 for a cup and $7.49 for a bowl (the bowl also comes with potato salad). The Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is priced at $4.99 for a cup and $6.99 for a bowl (potato salad with the bowl). I ordered the cup of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo on this visit (with rice on the side). When the Gumbo arrived, the portion size was small, but once I got into the cup, there was plenty there.
The Gumbo had a medium roux with PLENTY of chicken and sausage. One of the first things I noticed was the thickness of the Gumbo. If you have been reading my Louisiana Gumbo reviews you know I’m not a fan of okra in my Gumbo, but the thickness in this Gumbo comes from them stewing the okra to the point that the slime factor is gone, but you still get the taste of okra. The chicken was tender and tasty and the Louisiana sausage had a good spice. There was a great spiciness to the Gumbo but not overpowering. It did leave a very pleasant after burn. A great Gumbo keeps getting better as you get to the bottom of the cup (or bowl) and this one was as good as they come. The rice was warm but, as usual, didn’t add anything to the taste. There was a whole bay leaf in my Gumbo which should have been removed before serving, but no big deal. Many of the Louisiana Gumbos I’ve tasted had a high salt content, but this one was right on the money.
Boudreau & Thibodeau’s Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 4 Spoon Rating”
Serving Temperature: Very Good
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*