Then we sampled some of Burt's awesome chicken gumbo. We ate it with a spork and dunked in the cornbread muffins that came on the side. The roux was the color of brown gravy and there were lots of shreds of long-cooked chicken and spicy andouille sausage in the thick soup. There was a little rice on the bottom.

I have been buying boudin at Burt's for years, and I have always considered it on a par with the boudin in western Louisiana. But the link we got for our picnic was way off in the ground pork-to-rice ratio — it contained too much rice. Maybe it came from the end of a batch or something, but it wasn't up to Burt's usual high standards. Oven-baked ribs in barbecue sauce were passable, but the dirty rice that came on the side was terrific. Next time, I'll get an extra container of dirty rice. Greens with smoked pork were very good as well.

Picking up a pound of Burt's pan sausage when you get a meat to go there is an added bonus. I also bought a large green pepper stuffed with boudin that I am going to bake in the oven for yet another meal. And then there were all the leftovers.

An order of beef tips at Davis Meat Market could feed a medium-sized family.
Troy Fields
An order of beef tips at Davis Meat Market could feed a medium-sized family.

Location Info


Davis Meat Market

2204 Lockwood
Houston, TX 77020

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: East End


Davis Meat Market Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Beef tips with two sides: $8.50 Oxtails with two sides: $10 Three-meat barbecue plate: $10.50 Hamburger plate: $4.60 Sausage and eggs: $4.40

Burt's Meat Market Hours: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Boudin balls: 3 for $1 Boudin: $2.19 lb. Rib plate with two sides: $6.89 Gumbo: (medium) $4.79 Sausage: $3.19 lb.

Davis Meat Market 2204 Lockwood, 713-672-1803.
Burt's Meat Market 5910 Lyons Ave., 713-674-0064.

I seldom think about driving over to the Fifth Ward to pick up lunch or dinner, but it's really a pretty smart move. The soul food at Davis Meat Market and the Cajun food at Burt's rank with the best in town. And if you take the opportunity to load up on all the other good things in the display cases, picking up an inexpensive meal to go at one of these meat markets can turn into a loaves-and-fishes affair. For what seems like a pittance, you end up feeding the multitudes for days.

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