This review and pictures submitted by Kim Addie from New Iberia, LA.
I’ve had Johnson’s Boucanière on my restaurant hit list for a while and recently I was able to visit this Lafayette treasure. I had no idea that Johnson’s goodness goes all the way back to Eunice (La.), where the family first started smoking meats and making boudin, then my friend from Eunice schooled me to this fact, and I became more intrigued.
The new Johnson’s establishment is a beautiful collision of old tradition and modern business. The storefront is bright and contemporary then when we walked in, old man Johnson was behind the counter taking our lunch orders. The homey feeling here really took me back to memories as a child and I could not wait to dig into the food. Luckily, the service was fast, courteous, and efficient. In no time I was on the outdoor deck with my plate lunch in hand.
The meat and boudin are the stars of the show here and overall the menu has variety but remains simple. I ordered (2) smoked country style ribs with a boudin link and two sides (mac and cheese + corn).
The surprise on the plate was that the ribs were boneless. This is genius because there are folks out there that hesitate to order ribs because of the mess factor. The meat fell apart and melted with full flavor in my mouth. The boudin has a large meat ratio which allowed my inner carnivore to sing! The mac and cheese was creamy and the corn was sweet which made these sides a perfect ending to lunch at Johnson’s. Will I return? Yes, as soon as possible!
Johnson’s Boucanière is located in Lafayette at 1111 St. John St. very close to the intersection with University.