Southern SoundsJanuary 5, 2015
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This week, the Southern Foodways Alliance's Gravy comes from the neon-lit confines of Fred’s Lounge, in Mamou, Louisiana. On Saturday morning, when most of the country is sitting down to breakfast or sleeping off the night before, the bartenders at Fred’s are pouring beer and slicing boudin for a raucous crowd of dancers and musicians—locals and tourists alike. In fact, the sixty-eight-year-old bar is only open on Saturday mornings, an eccentric policy that has helped cement its status as one of the most legendary dives in Cajun country. The music starts at 9 a.m., but the doors are open before 8. Two-step your way through the front door with Eve Troeh’s report from the dance floor.