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Restaurants that serve FROG. Know of any?

durianbreath Jan 27, 2010 10:52 AM

I'm looking for a good recipe for frog (legs or otherwise), and was wondering if you knew of any restaurants -- either in the US, or abroad -- that served any good frog dishes.

Any ideas?

  1. GoodGravy Jan 27, 2010 11:17 AM

    Nathan's serves frog legs.

    1. shanagain Jan 27, 2010 11:33 AM

      There used to be a restaurant in Boynton Beach (maybe Deerfield?) call The Crab Pot that did outrageous frogs legs, just sauteed in garlic butter, much as a scampi.

      Other than that, there are tons of restaurants in TX that serve fried frogs legs. I'd say dredge in s&p-seasoned flour/egg wash/flour, then fry in hot fat & enjoy.

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        HotMelly Jan 27, 2010 12:44 PM

        shanagain..There used to be a Crab Pot in Riviera Beach, not Boynton, but because of progress it was torn down to build condos. So sad

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          shanagain Jan 27, 2010 12:55 PM

          Hmm, for some reason memory is trying to insist there was one somewhere south of Boca - I'm thinking between Boca and Pompano? Anyway I'm sure it gave up the ghost to "progress" ages ago also.

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        Harters Jan 27, 2010 01:24 PM

        Last week, frogs' legs were on the menu at Pascal's, Los Cristianos, Tenerife.

        1. Sam Fujisaka Jan 27, 2010 01:56 PM

          Lots of them in Phnom Penh.

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            Harters Jan 28, 2010 10:16 AM

            Isnt that the part of the world where most supplies come from?

            I instinctively think of frogs legs being a French dish - is there a colonial link going on somewhere here?

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              buttertart Jan 28, 2010 10:29 AM

              Possibly synergy, but frog is a traditional Chinese and SE Asian foodstuff (the word for frog in Chinese is translatable as "rice-paddy chicken".

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                Sam Fujisaka Jan 28, 2010 10:41 AM

                Yes, the French colonized much of SE Asia.

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                  limster Jan 30, 2010 01:09 PM

                  The French only colonized much of Indochina; Thailand wasn't colonized, Philippines, Malaysia/Singapore, Indonesia were colonized by other countries.

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                  durianbreath Jan 29, 2010 09:25 AM

                  i've been doing a bunch of research on this -- people were eating froggies in asia as early as the first century AD. they only started to get big in france in the 1200s, when they were classified as "fish" and could therefore be eaten during Lent -- the meaty texture allowed monks to get their flesh fix....

                  1. re: durianbreath
                    Sam Fujisaka Jan 29, 2010 02:22 PM

                    I'm sure people were eating frogs from when there were people in Asia. Frogs are certainly eaten in Asia where there were never any French.

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                Diane in Bexley Jan 28, 2010 09:53 AM

                We used to live in the Chicago area in the '90's and there was a very famous resto that had been in business for years the specialized in frog's legs and also fried perch. I believe it was called Phil Smidt's. It was in NW Indiana off the Tollway right by the Illinois border. Their resto was decorated in pink & black frogs as well. They had children's meal of sauteed frog's legs and believe it or not, my kids grew up eating them (not me, thanks very much). Not sure if they are still in business. If they are no longer, try to find the recipe as they were much admired by people in the know.

                1. fmcoxe6188 Jan 28, 2010 10:01 AM

                  The Hungry I in Boston MA usually has them on their menu-though they update it pretty regularly.

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                    reiflame Jan 28, 2010 11:20 AM

                    I had a nice rendition at Zinc in Charlottesville VA last weekend. Slightly greasy but they were cooked properly and it came with a nice light parsley garlic butter sauce that really let the flavor of the frog shine through.

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                      roro1831 Jan 28, 2010 11:44 AM


                      There's a list of 5 places that serve them in New Orleans, and I'm sure there are more.

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                        DLMC Jan 28, 2010 11:46 AM

                        Uncle Julio's is a national chain of Mexican restaurants that have frog legs on the menu.

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                          hazelhurst Jan 28, 2010 12:16 PM

                          Hell, just call the City Hall in Rayne, LA (Frog Capital of the World)---or pick a name out of their phone book.

                        2. PorkButt Jan 28, 2010 02:02 PM

                          While Bourg-en-Bresse is best known for the famous blue-footed chickens, the quality of the local frogs is excellent and frogs cooked in butter and persillade are on most menus.

                          I've had this dish several times and one thing that struck me was how small the legs were compared to the monsters that I've found in the US (about an inch for the cuisse)

                          1. LaLa Jan 29, 2010 01:42 PM

                            In Ky they are served in just about every regional diner I can think of....we just to catch them (frog gigging) and fry them up along side during fish fries.

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                              Sean Jan 29, 2010 04:54 PM

                              Nordic Lodge in RI...

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