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Cajun Style: Where To Get Boudin Around Town

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Boudin may be a traditional Cajun sausage, but Cajuns don't have a monopoly on it. Also known as blood sausage, morcilla in Spain, botifarra in Catalonia, and a host of other names, many European cultures have their own take on making boudin their own. Not to be confused with andouille sausage, which is smoked, boudin is (usually) filled with rice, meats, garlic and spices. Sometimes others will skip the rice filling and focus on packing it with all sorts of meat (Alligator boudin, anyone?).

And to break down boudin a bit more, there's boudin noir for those that like it stuffed with pig's blood, and there's boudin blanc for those who say "no thanks" to the blood. It doesn't even need to come in the traditional sausage shape to qualify as boudin — boudin balls are a staple at Cajun funerals.

Boudin been popping up on French, Cajun, Belgian, and even fusion menus from downtown to the outer burbs. Here's where to grab a link (or a ball) of boudin.


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1. Acadiana

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901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-8848
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At downtown's Cajun hub, boudin is prepared in the way it's done south of Louisiana's Interstate 10. The boudin balls are prepared "gas-station style" because the best boudin in Louisiana is from the local gas station. Seriously.

2. Art and Soul

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415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 393-7777
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Art & Soul puts boudin balls on its snack board. And this not-so-diet-friendly snack board has gotten every appetite covered. There are deviled eggs, pickles, pork rinds, and a host of other Southern treats as well.

3. B Too

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1324 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 627-2800
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Chef Bart Vandaele does not shy away from boudin noir. Pairing it with waffles is the Belgian way, and Chef Bart adds green apple sauce and a wine-reduction sauce. It's on the brunch menu, so get the boudin fix taken care of while having a mimosa and/or Bloody Mary. Or one of each.

4. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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If there's one place that should be doing boudin right, it's this Cajun joint in Clarendon. Chef David Gaus makes a straightforward boudin. Throw in a side of mustard and some crackers plus an Abita beer, and diners might as well be in Lafayette, Louisiana.

5. Bistro d'Oc

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518 10th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-5444
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If a restaurant's concept is all about south France, then it should have boudin on its menu. At Bistro d'Oc, the only boudin option is during dinner service. The restaurant serves boudin noir roasted apples for dinner. But it's only an appetizer, so order something else to round out the meal.

6. Canales Deli

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225 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 547-4471
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This Eastern Market deli has a section of New Orleans meats. In this section is pork boudin, crawfish boudin and even alligator boudin. But make sure to call ahead before organizing a fete around alligator boudin.

7. Chez Billy

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3813 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 506-2080
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Don't look for boudin blanc here. Chez Billy is serving up boudin noir with all the fixings for dinner. With a quail eggs for extra flavor and lentils du puy (green lentils), this is a hearty dish for dinner.

8. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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When it comes to French fare, the 14th Street darling delivers. On its brunch menu, eggs and boudin noir go hand-in-hand with a bit of asparagus to add some vegetables to the meaty mix. Nothing says "perfect Sunday morning" like blood sausage for brunch.

9. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 296-1166
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This upscale establishment in Foggy Bottom uses boudin blanc in its fourth course dinner dish. But the twist is that there are truffles two ways to elevate the sausage. Black truffle puree and truffle madeira sauce make the boudin blanc dish as refined as Marcel's.

10. Mokomandy

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20789 Great Falls Plz
Sterling, VA 20165
(571) 313-0505
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For this one, travel is necessary. Blending Asian and Cajun flavors, Sterling's Mokomandy has a Cajun charcuterie on its menu. To give the boudin an Asian spin, there are banana peppers and pickled cabbage. The bit of vinegar balances the heat from the boudin.

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1. Acadiana

901 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
At downtown's Cajun hub, boudin is prepared in the way it's done south of Louisiana's Interstate 10. The boudin balls are prepared "gas-station style" because the best boudin in Louisiana is from the local gas station. Seriously.
901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art & Soul puts boudin balls on its snack board. And this not-so-diet-friendly snack board has gotten every appetite covered. There are deviled eggs, pickles, pork rinds, and a host of other Southern treats as well.
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. B Too

1324 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Chef Bart Vandaele does not shy away from boudin noir. Pairing it with waffles is the Belgian way, and Chef Bart adds green apple sauce and a wine-reduction sauce. It's on the brunch menu, so get the boudin fix taken care of while having a mimosa and/or Bloody Mary. Or one of each.
1324 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

4. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
If there's one place that should be doing boudin right, it's this Cajun joint in Clarendon. Chef David Gaus makes a straightforward boudin. Throw in a side of mustard and some crackers plus an Abita beer, and diners might as well be in Lafayette, Louisiana.
1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

5. Bistro d'Oc

518 10th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
If a restaurant's concept is all about south France, then it should have boudin on its menu. At Bistro d'Oc, the only boudin option is during dinner service. The restaurant serves boudin noir roasted apples for dinner. But it's only an appetizer, so order something else to round out the meal.
518 10th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

6. Canales Deli

225 7th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
This Eastern Market deli has a section of New Orleans meats. In this section is pork boudin, crawfish boudin and even alligator boudin. But make sure to call ahead before organizing a fete around alligator boudin.
225 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

7. Chez Billy

3813 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
Don't look for boudin blanc here. Chez Billy is serving up boudin noir with all the fixings for dinner. With a quail eggs for extra flavor and lentils du puy (green lentils), this is a hearty dish for dinner.
3813 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

8. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
When it comes to French fare, the 14th Street darling delivers. On its brunch menu, eggs and boudin noir go hand-in-hand with a bit of asparagus to add some vegetables to the meaty mix. Nothing says "perfect Sunday morning" like blood sausage for brunch.
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
This upscale establishment in Foggy Bottom uses boudin blanc in its fourth course dinner dish. But the twist is that there are truffles two ways to elevate the sausage. Black truffle puree and truffle madeira sauce make the boudin blanc dish as refined as Marcel's.
2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

10. Mokomandy

20789 Great Falls Plz, Sterling, VA 20165
For this one, travel is necessary. Blending Asian and Cajun flavors, Sterling's Mokomandy has a Cajun charcuterie on its menu. To give the boudin an Asian spin, there are banana peppers and pickled cabbage. The bit of vinegar balances the heat from the boudin.
20789 Great Falls Plz
Sterling, VA 20165

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