Cherie's Specialty Meats brings a taste of the bayou to Hanahan. A combination grocery and café, Cherie's was founded by a native of Abbeville, La., and the freezer cases are packed with plastic tubs of gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish and shrimp etouffee along with andouille, tasso, and even alligator sausage made by real Cajun purveyors like Houston-based La Boucherie and Poche's Meat Market of Breaux Bridge. You can dine on many of these items right there in the small café at lunchtime or take them home to prepare yourself. The featured stars are the stuffed birds, which include ballottined (deboned) chicken crammed full of good stuff like jalapeño cornbread, crawfish jambalaya, and dirty rice, and the legendary Turducken — a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey. And don't miss the boudin, a classic Cajun sausage made from pork parts, spice, and a whole lot of rice, which you should squeeze steaming-hot from sausage casing directly into your mouth. If that doesn't convert you into a fan of Cajun cooking, nothing ever will. —Robert Moss, Dish (Summer 2012)
Lunch on Cajun classics like boudin, gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, po boys, and muffulletas. Or take a turducken home with you.