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FINALLY got an opportunity to have a little alligator... Answered

Well, I finally was able to visit  Chef Prudomme's Cajun restaurant  and have a taste of some alligator tail. 

I wasn't expecting anything overly odd and wasn't  disappointed.  It WAS heavily soaked in andouille sausage and sauce on a bed of Jambalaya style rice; so it was rather spicy although not overly so IMHO.

Although it was different, it wasn't SO different as to taste odd in any way. I enjoyed it actually, but the price is a bit beyond my reach normally.


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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

10 years ago

I've never had it, but they actually sell the meat in supermarkets down here. Did have some yummy fried oysters for brunch today.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Well, with a $30 off coupon, the bill for my wife and I still came to over $18

I did like the spiciness of it though :-)

My wife had a sea food pasta thing...

If I get a chance to return to the place,  I will be trying the Crawdad claws and tails  :-)

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

.  Crawdads are delicious (I love 'em boiled), but, unless those are some huge mudbugs, there's not enough meat in the claws to bother with. Bon appetite!

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

I've never tried them - is it easy to cook them yourself? What do you do, just rinse them and throw them in boiling water?

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crapflinger
crapflinger

Reply 10 years ago

oh please jeebus don't ever just BOIL crawfish (or crabs for that matter). and if you're planning on steaming them, just go ahead and save yourself some time and just throw your money directly in the trash.

the secret to boiled crabs and boiled crawfish can be found in two places. one is old bay seasoning and the other is zatarain's crab boil. put both in the pot and boil away. you can't go wrong with old bay and zatarain's.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 10 years ago

Sounds like you don't like the flavor of crabs or crawfish. Want some ketchup to smother them in? ;-)

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crapflinger
crapflinger

Reply 10 years ago

i don't like the lack of flavor that comes from steaming shellfish.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Indeed....I have had enough "blue crab" to know just how little taste there is in the meat if it is not seasoned well. And yes, steaming them with the old bay both in the water and on the crabs themselves seems necessary to get them to have a little taste (not to mention getting enough of the seasoning on your hands so you can't avoid getting it into your mouth ;-)

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Lol - I'll keep that in mind. I like old bay, and I think I also like zatarain, so that sounds good.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

and throw the cover on real quick.. Don't wan't to hear those tiny little screams...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Ever heard barbecued tarantula? It was on TV a couple of weeks ago - "They're ready when they start to squeal".

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Heard of it, but I can only go so far with foods. Grubs, mountain oysters, and spiders I simply decline :-)
Not that I haven't eaten a spide, but it was quite accidental and he (she?) wasn't cooked.....felt like the little legs stayed caught in my throat all night (it drowned in my soda and I didn't notice it until I drank it...must have dropped into the drink from the ceiling).

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

they say lobster scream too, well you can hear it, but it is probably leg/claw scraping ;-)

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

DON'T TELL *ME* TO JSFI.

:P

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Cool, thanks....I got THIS LINK from there, and it seems easy enough....although the "preoprep" is a bit cumbersome (I'd have to get someone else to cook them I am afraid, because of that).

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

I doubt that they are much different then "crabs", which don't really have a whole lot of flavor, that comes out with the spices.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Well, bay crabs around here are not much bigger, and people dig the meat out of those tiny legs....

It might be awhile before I can afford to go back though, it was a bit priceier than I like.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 10 years ago

That's a good deal, my wife and I used a groupon for our lunch today, so we saved $20, but still spent $35.

As an aside, Friday we went out to celebrate my birthday with 11 of my friends, I picked up the bar tab, boy oh boy!!!!!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

They add up...REALLY fast don't they :-)

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fenderphil
fenderphil

10 years ago

I would be inclined to order with "Make it snappy"

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, I told my wife that, if I SNAP at here after the meal, she'll know why :-)

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crapflinger
crapflinger

10 years ago

Alligator is great as long as it's cleaned properly before it's cooked. if there's ANY fat left on it, you'll know about it before they even bring the plate to your table. cooked gator fat smells HORRIBLE and it's taste is the only thing i can think of that's worse than the smell.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Interesting....this was a bit fatty, but not overly so (not like some cuts of beef), and although it had an "interesting" smell, the taste was good even if a bit different than anything I was accustomed to. It was fairly heavily spiced too.