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Mar 19, 2009 01:33 PM

homesick Louisiana boy wants gator in So. Cal

I know that there is at least one other post on this matter, but i has yielded me no real results. Maybe im not searching right? i dont know.
If somebody can point me to a place that serves real gator (appetizer/entree it doesnt matter) it would be helpful. We prefer to have it at a restaurant and not just buy meat from the store as my cajun friend has apprehensions about the food scene here and just wants gator here for "reassurance"...i havent delved deeper into this view from him but i do just want to find him his gator for his birthday.

Anyway, If theres no great gator dishes in all the land of So. Cal, maybe would somebody have suggestions on a restaurant featuring exotic meats? Gator meat has priority but if there truly is none, we will settle for a nicer dine-in restaurant with exotic meat.

Any help would be greatly appreciated


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  1. I've only SEEN it @brazillian bbq's (there's one in fullerton that we've had it at)

      1. re: Chandavkl

        THANK YOU ALL! i almost completely forgot about churrascarias! Do they have it all the other churrascarias, or just at the one in fullerton? Im not completely sure.

        1. re: thelpv

          The Brazilian BBQ places that I've been to (Picanha, Fogo de Chao) don't generally have exotic meat... it's the lamb/beef/chicken/pork variety.

          If you feel like heading down to San Diego, check this place out

          Mr Taster

      2. They have gator on the menu at Michael's Bar & Grill on Olive in Burbank (featuring the Mardi Gras cajun/creole menu). I personally have not had any of the gator, but I can vouch for their gumbo, etoufee and creole dishes.

        1. I'm fairly certain that the Gumbo Pot in the 3rd & Fairfax farmers market has gator on the menu.

          And I think the de facto exotic meat/wild game restaurant is Saddle Peak Lodge in the hills of Calabasas/Malibu... but be prepared to spend some major $$

          Mr Taster

          Saddle Peak Lodge
          419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

          Gumbo Pot
          6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          1. re: Mr Taster

            Thanks Foodie and Mr. taster, you've been really helpful and I do love your other posts on other boards on chowhound... =)

            1. re: thelpv

              There is a restaurant in Hermosa Beach called "New Orleans Cajun Cafe." They have alligator as an appetizer, entree etc.


          2. I know this isn't exactly what you asked for but Wurstkuche in downtown L.A. has gourmet sausages and they do serve one that has gator in it. There are a couple of posts on it if you do a search. Good luck!