12675 Fondren (2 blocks north of S. Main)
My family's route into the big city when I was growing up in Brazoria Co. was right up the old 288 which became Almeda Rd. and would take you right downtown. We must have passed the original Pyburn's in Almeda hundreds if not thousands of times. I seem to remember it was usually busy but we never had any reason to stop. So it was news to me when I read in the Press a year ago that they were noted for their boudin and dirty rice and I made a note to stop in sometime. Perhaps I'd make a nostalgia trip down the old highway some day (now known as FM 521 which actually was the original designation going back to the 1930s, I think).
Now I don't have to. The grocery store has come to me, or, at least, my part of town. This new location of Pyburn's has only been open a short time. I seldom go down that far on Fondren but had seen some work underway recently on the building which previously was a short lived independent meat market. It's not close enough to me to be my regular neighborhood grocery but it's a heckuva lot closer than Almeda Rd.
It has quickly become popular and has been doing a good business when I've been by or stopped in, partly due to the lack of any viable competition for quite some distance no doubt, but it's a nice, clean and well lit facility, more like a small grocery store of decades ago or the Pantry stores that HEB built when it first came to town - there are somewhat narrower aisles and taller shelving. The staff I have encountered is very friendly and helpful. The meat department is a standout section with butchers at the ready and it has a complete line-up of the home store's noteworthy boudin, dirty rice and other sausages. The boudin is predominantly rice but also includes chicken liver and gizzards, yellow and green onion, pork, bell pepper, parsley, garlic and black and red pepper. The natural casing crisps up and has a nice snap to it when roasted or smoked. It's a firm boudin, not one that dissolves into a soup when cooked. I'll be tossing several links of the mild on the smoker in a while; I'm headed to a potluck get-together this evening and I'll be fishing for copious compliments.
There's an in-store hot-foods deli due to be operational in a few weeks. I don't know what kind of foods they'll be offering but I'm looking forward to finding out what else comes out of Pyburn's kitchen.
UPDATE: See an update on Pyburn's as part of this post.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Pyburn's Food Market
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Thanks for the scoop on this store. I just received a sales flyer for the first time from Pyburn's and was curious about it... This Louisiana native had no clue! :)
How are their meat prices?
Don't really recall but I think competitive.
If you check out the boudin let me know what you think.
I visited Pyburn 12/21/12 and was not disappointed in the purchase of my food. The boudain and rice dressing was excellent, now I am waiting to starting may sandwiches
I came to the store and ordered some rice and it was over cooked,and the boudin was under cooked who can not cook rice but there meat is nice quality meat.There hot kitchen I will not eat there went there the lady can not understand u and they never wash there hands use the same gloves as they use with flour all on them came one morning owner was cooking no hair net and tasting with a spoon she was cooking with...will return when oxtails are on sale....
Once a year we fly back to Houston, rent a car and pull into Pyburn's. The locals stare and wonder where the heck we came from. I spent my elementary years in this neighborhood. 40 years later Pyburn's is always a flash of the past that I look forward too!
Its worth the drive. I am a regular after finding it like a diamond in the rough around 6 months ago. It's close for me. The boudin, and cajun sausages are excellent. Try the spicy green onion sausage and some of the hot boudin. Top it off with a container of freshly made dirty rice. The prices are cheaper then the mass produced crappy stuff and the atmosphere is friendly and quiet. Had them fry my Thanksgiving turkey and it was awesome..
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