My husband and I are going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras at the end of the month and I'm looking for a place to eat alligator. We have been to New Orleans before and we had both alligator sausage and fried alligator - the fried alligator was an appetizer of small pieces of tail meat and my husband would love to try something more substantial if possible. Does anyone know of a good place to eat alligator?
nolael, why alligator? As a New Orleanian for over 66 years, I don't get your question about alligator.
By the way, I lived in Breaux Bridge as a child and only ate alligator when things were poor.
Is alligator some sort of new age food?
If you want alligator, New Orleans is not your place. Head to the bayou country. Look for the Vietnam fisherman.
When we were in NOLA before we saw a lot of alligator on menus as either sausage or the fried nuggets that I described above, which seem like lame ways for sorority girls to to dare one another to eat it when they're drunk. My husband is an adventurous eater from Southeast Asia and thinks that most of the food that we Americans eat is pretty boring, he would much rather eat any part of an alligator than a chicken breast. We're from Missouri so alligator never shows up in our restaurants, I just thought that since we saw so many sausage and nugget options in New Orleans, somewhere there must be other pieces of alligator that are maybe less touristy and more alligator-y... I guess not?
Alligator in NOLA is nothing more than a tourist gimmick....farther out into the hinterlands, you will find alligator sauce piquante as an occasional menu item. Even in Acadiana, the most common preparation on menus is fried or in some sort of sausage (often combined with pork).
In general, the only part of the alligator used for food is the large, muscular tail meat. Locally, you can buy alligator meat at Perino's (westbank expressway in Westwego). The meat is really an incidental by-product of the harvesting of alligator hides. Alligators are harvested from the wild, but they're also farmed at small to medium scale operations scattered around s LA.
re: Hungry Celeste
That is too bad. Hubby will be sad, he is definitely from a part of the world where they eat the type of stuff you see on Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern shows (flying squirrel curry anyone?) but I'm sure he will be pacified with all of the crawfish and oysters and other delicious food that I know we can find pretty easily in NOLA... But thanks guys, I'm glad I didn't spend a lot of time trying to find nonexistent alligator steak restaurants. Maybe I will try to buy some meat and make something at home...
You guys might like to try Two Sisters on Derbigny St for lunch. They usually have something that might be a bit different for you (although not offbeat for soul food) like rabbit or turkey necks. The portions are huge and come with plenty of rice or beans. Just don't confuse it with Court of Two Sisters.
Two Sister's Kitchen
223 N Derbigny St, New Orleans, LA 70112