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Apr 9, 2011 11:59 PM

alligator shnitzel at Son of a gun

Has anyone tried it?

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  1. i was there thursday night but we passed on the gator. i would bet it would be tasty though, based on everything we tried was great!

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    1. re: NYCnowLA

      tried it, expected a flattened, breaded dish
      instead it's bigger chunky pieces & breaded,
      was OK, tasted liked chicken!
      Still dreamin' of the Crab Legs w/ Tabasco butta.

      1. first reaction was "oh good lord" but then I thought that might be really good.

        1. I heard Jonathon Gold talking about it on KCRW, and his take was that it basically tasted like any breaded protein, and that this is one of those things you order because you want the bragging rights for eating gator, not because of its distinctive flavor.

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          1. re: Nicole

            Although I WILL order it, I haven't had SOAG's alligator but have had it elsewhere on several occasions.

            Prudhomme offered it at the late, great "Orleans" in W. LA, and Donald Link has it on the menu at Cochon in N.O. It does taste like any other neutral, deep-fried protein most specifically (my apologies) chicken, maybe a little denser. Otherwise, the experience reflects little more than the sum total of the batter and/or sauce.

            On the other hand, the bragging rights are a given.

            1. re: Steve2 in LA

              when i was last in New Orelans, i had it at least three or four times, my favorite was the alligator empanada, with minced gator, gator fries were ok, and the alligator sauce piquant was just ok, way too chewy in that preparation like the chewiest chicken imaginable.

              btw, the Paul Prudhomme had a restaurant in LA, called Orleans??? when was this? and how did i miss it?

              yeah, and i've been to cochon too, though i can't remember if i gott the alligator there too, but i think i did. it had like a buttermilk dressing perhaps. but i do remember the shrimp w eggplant dressing which was awesome.

              1. re: kevin

                Orleans saw its heyday back in the 80's. If memory serves, it was somewhere around National and Bundy. It was introduced during the height of the "blackened everything" craze so Paul, hisself, came out and opened the joint. It looked somewhat "plantation-ish" and they'd ship stuff in from Louisiana when necessary. A favorite dish was Tasso and Oysters (tasso ham and fresh oysters in a pepper cream sauce over linguine). Sadly, it is long gone..

                1. re: Steve2 in LA

                  Wow, that sounds amazing, and no less than Paul Prudhomme himself opened it up in LA (there used to also be a cajun joint called Orleans in what is now the Pastina restaurant location in Westwood near Olympic).

                  Too bad Orleans is still not around if it were anything like KPaul's on chartres in the FQ, I'd be there at least three time a week if not more.

                  Here's another question why can't LA support a great Cajun restaurant? Or even a great New Orleans-cuisine inspired restaurant? is it bevause LA-ians are very averse to butter, cream, and fat which are the three staples of exceptional Cajun cuisine. ???

                2. re: kevin

                  Orleans was a hee-yuge hit back in the 80s. They took up the space on the corner of National and Barrington (where a Starbucks/Champagne/Robecks now resides) and they'd be packed every night. What started the downfall was the neighbors complaining about the noise, traffic, parking issues and the murals of big-boobied ladies that made one think of Mardi Gras that drew complaints from the local prudes. That general neighborhood of north Mar Vista/Westdale have associations that are very powerful and have push with the City Council. They made life very hard for Orleans, who eventually said, "F@#*-it."

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    damnit, fuck that sucks... big boobed ladies drawings and great Paul Prudhomme classics at National and Barrington, it sounds like the surrealistic of dreams, but an exceptional dream at that.

                    so sad right about now...


                    1. re: kevin

                      You can imagine how we felt back then. It was very sad. I probably ate there maybe a half-dozen times, and as I mentioned above about Ragin' Cajun, my pre-Hound taste buds were very happy. And I wished I knew what a Sazerac was back then - I had heard about them but never thought twice about trying them...

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        None of the "New Orleans-style" restaurants I've sampled in the LA area approach the level of a good New Orleans joint. Some of 'em have a dish or two that don't suck but Ragin' Cajun, Gumbo Pot, Harold & Belle's, Uncle Darrows and other wannabees (to be fair, I haven't tried New Orleans Cajun & Creole in Hermosa Beach) just don't cut it when compared to Dooky Chase, Jacques Imo's, Herbsaint or the late, lamented Uglesich's

                        Considering what a huge draw New Orleans is for foodies, I'm surprised (and epicurionistically disappointed) none of the "big boys" (Link, Besh, Spicer, Lagasse) have opened a proper eatery in LA. I'd reserve a weekly table there.

                        On a side note, checked out Little Dom's for their Mardi Gras feed. We ordered literally EVERYTHING on that menu and while some of the items were forgettable, he kicked out some tasty Roasted Oysters (actually, they were seriously, kick-ass outstanding) Crawfish Pie, Eggplant Pirogues, Red Beans & Rice and Beignets.

                        Still, we could use a menu with that kind of quality chow regularly available.

                        1. re: Steve2 in LA

                          Little Dom's roasted oysters at this year's Gold Standard event were amazing.

                          Little Dom's
                          2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                        2. re: bulavinaka

                          The best gumbo, both seafood and chicken and they carried voodoo beer in both light and dark types and had the best Cajun martini...The good times did roll for a while. We went maybe 20 times over the time it was open, including taking out of town visitors from Japan on at least 4 of those occasions...

              2. I like most of what I've had a SOAG, alot. But not this dish so much. I love gator in NOLA - fried gator po' boys, gator pies and such at Jazz Fest are a must for me. But this was too pounded out and flattened for me. I like more of the meat on my tongue than you get with this prep.