Don’s Specialty Meats

Don’s Specialty Meats
730 I-10 S. Frontage Rd
Scott, LA 70583
(337) 234-2528


Second Location:
104 Louisiana HWY 726
Carencro, LA 70520
(337) 896-6370

Louisiana native Mark Cole sold cars for twelve years. In 1992 he went into business with Don Menard, opening Don’s Specialty Meats in Carencro, Louisiana. Mark managed the money, Don the meat. Boudin was one of their specialties. After just a couple of years in business, Don left to open a grocery store. Mark stuck with his investment, hiring a new butcher, Jimmy Guidry. In 2005 Mark decided to open another Don’s Specialty Meats in the town of Scott. There, Jimmy arrives before dawn to make 1,500 pounds of boudin each day. He has to, because customers start pulling in off of the interstate for a breakfast of hot links as soon as they open for business at 6 a.m.

Date of interview:

October 13, 2006

Interviewer:

Amy C. Evans

Photographer:

Amy C. Evans

Don's Specialty Meats - Mark Cole and Jimmy Guidry - Southern Boudin Trail
The culture of the people over here—boudin and cracklings is a big drawing card for this area, as far as people just eat it every day for breakfast, lunch, or supper. I mean we open at six o’clock in the morning, and a lot of people pick it up for breakfast. And people come by and eat it all day long.

Boudin has come a long way now because back then, you used the cow horn or a bull horn and stuff it in that. Today, it’s machinery, you know, because you make so much of it.