MAKER: Hebert’s Specialty Meats in Longview and Lindale
BACKGROUND: The small franchise originated in Maurice, Louisiana. The Hebert family had a restaurant there, and brothers Sammy and Junior Hebert decided to open a meat market next door. The Hebert brothers still have the original store. Brian Marcott, of Henderson, opened franchises in Longview in 2007 and in Lindale in 2009. There are other franchises in the Houston area and Oklahoma.
PRODUCTS: Hebert’s, (pronounced A Bears), is home of the original deboned stuffed poultry. Its Cajun food market has developed unique seasonings, marinades, stuffings and cooking processes to produce its products. Hebert’s offers stuffed pork chops, catfish, shrimp, jalapenos and mushrooms, as well as Cajun-seasoned, steaks, kabobs and hamburger patties, sausage, meat pies, gumbos, etouffee and boudin balls.
Marcott has said some of his best sellers are the deboned whole chickens stuffed with broccoli and cheese, jalapeno cornbread and crawfish. They also offer boneless stuffed turkeys. Deboning the birds is done by hand with a knife. Once they get good at it, some people can debone an entire chicken in less than a minute, he said.
Everything is homemade and kept simple for the customers.
“We pretty much do everything but the finishing touch, which is adding heat,” Marcott said. “You can just grab it and go and still have a good home-cooked meal without the hassle.”
CONTACT: 903-247-MEAT (6328); www.hebertstexas.com ; 1301 Judson Road and 2329 W. Loop 281 in Longview and 2304 S. Main St. in Lindale.
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