By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: December 2007
“Cajun Ed” Richard shows one of many gift baskets available at Hebert\'s Specialty Meats.
There is no need to leave Tulsa to enjoy the fabulous Cajun cooking that keeps you dreaming of your next trip to Louisiana. A visit to Hebert’s Specialty Meats will keep customers more than satisfied with its delicious meats and other products. Give into all your Cajun cravings at the big red house with rockers on its front porch.
A wonderful aroma welcomes customers Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy the daily lunch specials. From de-boned chicken with any of the 10 stuffings, to turducken and stuffed catfish with shrimp and crab, Tulsans need to look no further for authentic Cajun food. Other favorites include chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans and rice and delicious bread pudding. And be sure not to miss out on café au lait and beignets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
While customers enjoy their food in the cozy dining room, toes are sure to begin tapping to the jazz, swing and zydeco rhythms that come free with each meal. It is all part of the everyday celebration of Cajun food at Hebert’s.
“We specialize in making hungry people happy,” says owner Ed Richard. “Cajun Ed,” as he is called by most everyone that knows him, moved to Tulsa 17 years ago from Lafayette, Louisiana. He missed the flavors, foods and products that he had enjoyed all his life. And his friends and neighbors in Tulsa enjoyed them, too; they sent him with wish lists for specific items each time he went home to visit.
Richard soon discovered a small franchise near Lafayette called Hebert’s Specialty Meats. The pieces seemed to fall into place, and Richard opened his own location in The Plaza at 81st and Lewis. Last year, after eight years in the same place, he constructed the big red house that is now the home of Hebert’s Specialty Meats. Located at 2011 E. 71st St., the food and other products are thoroughly enjoyed by many Oklahomans.
Richard explains that all the meat and seasonings used by Hebert’s come from Louisiana. Fresh fish is shipped twice a week; sometimes three times each week during crawfish season.
The Cajun market at Hebert’s is like a stroll through the French Quarter. Richard says it is the largest Cajun retail space in Tulsa. Items include Tabasco products, Zapp’s Potato Chips, Café Du Monde beignet mix and other products, Camellia Brand Beans, Community Coffee, Zatarain’s, Jack Miller’s Barbecue Sauce and Seasonings, Tony Chachere’s, Steen’s 100% Pure Cane Syrup and Blue Plate Real Mayonnaise. And no Cajun market would be complete without Mardi Gras masks, hats, beads and other clothing items. Pralines are also available, as well as gift cards and online gift certificates.
For holiday gifts, Hebert’s has themed gift baskets, music and lots of Louisiana cookbooks. “There are lots of terrific gourmet cooks in Tulsa who love to try dishes from different regions of Louisiana,” says Richard. Hebert’s carries many Junior League titles from these regions.
At Hebert’s you can eat in, take food to go or buy frozen, ready-to-cook items to take home or have shipped. Food can be packed for traveling. For those wishing to bring the flavors of Louisiana to their party or other event, Hebert’s offers catering services. Private parties can also be held in Hebert’s dining room.
Of course, meats for home cooking can be specially ordered from Hebert’s. Richard suggests prime beef tenderloin or duck for a really impressive holiday meal. “Boneless turkey is another great one,” he says. “Customers have 10 stuffings to choose from.” No matter what stuffing is chosen, Richard guarantees it will be delicious. Just a few include cornbread dressing, pork stuffing, shrimp and crab stuffing and eggplant dressing.
Richard stresses the importance of placing orders early, whether you are cooking at home or shipping items to those on your gift list. All meats are fresh, and inventory is limited. If you are not sure what you want, he recommends trying the lunch specials. “That’s a great way to try foods and decide what you want for Christmas dinner,” Richard says.
Hebert’s is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by to enjoy a small piece of Louisiana and give in to all your Cajun cravings. For more information, call Hebert’s Specialty Meats at (918) 298-8400 or visit the company online at www.hebertsmeats.com.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.