Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mary Lou's BBQ

Pulling into Lexington KY Saturday, we were on the hunt for a certain restaurant the hubster had read about. Although he normally has his internal GPS on full alert, he had some--ahem--difficulties finding his way around town. Later, as a neighbor told me, we learned that Lexington is much like Indianapolis and is build on a circular grid. We never did find the restaurant where the hubster had been wanting to have lunch, but that was okay because we found <insert the sound of Angels singing> Mary Lou's BBQ.
We rode by the place three times and eventually I realized the Universe was trying to give me a sign--EAT HERE! So on the fourth time around the block--still hopelessly lost--we stopped.

First thing that caught my eye as we entered, was the counter and it's unique stools. I wasn't feeling quite limber enough to mount a saddle so we opted for one of the large wooden tables. We did belly up to the counter long enough to order though.

We tried to get a little of everything. Brisket, pulled pork, smoked corn on the cob, pit baked beans. And the topper? Ah, the shining star. The homemade, smoked boudin. If you've never had boudin, get yourself some NOW! Heck if I know what it is, but it's damned good! Okay, maybe I do know what it is. Basic boudin is a Cajun sausage which is comprised of a natural casing, stuffed with ground pork, rice and the holy trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery. There are different variations of boudin and you can even get them made with crawfish in some parts. Smoked over a wood fueled pit, Mary Lou's boudin doesn't disappoint and would--I daresay--make a Cajun sing.

The rest of the meal was typical of a real-deal, top notch, BBQ place. And having done competition BBQ on the KCBS circuit, the hubster and I know top notch BBQ when we see it. We will most definitely be stopping into Mary Lou's BBQ the next time we hit town!

Mary Lou's BBQ
226 Walton Ave.
Lexington, KY 40502


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