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Jun 4, 2011 02:29 PM

Alligator ribs, anybody?

My family and I will be in the Jacksonville area in a couple of weeks. Hubby saw something on tv about a restaurant serving alligator ribs. Does anybody know of any place around the Jacksonville, St Augustine area that would serve alligator ribs? Not alligator bites.


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  1. gotta say, wench, that just sounds NASTY. never seen alligator ribs anywhere. i don't know why, but just the idea gives me the heebie jeebies.

    1. I had smoked gator ribs once at a BBQ contest I was cooking in. They were excellent!!!

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      1. re: RibDog

        really, RibDog?? wow i just can't wrap my head around that.

        1. re: Manderley

          i don't know why the thought of it freaks me out so much. Gators just are so... dinosaurean.

          1. re: Manderley

            Interesting. I've heard other people react to alligator the same way. And yet the same folks have no qualms about eating shrimp or lobster (which are often referred to as "sea roaches").

            Alligator is actually quite delicious...very delicately flavored and with a texture somewhat similar to monkfish (at least that's the impression I got from the 'gator that was served to me). I would definitely have it again.

      2. I found something on the web. Clark's Fish Camp in Jacksonville. Has anybody been there?

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        1. re: wench31

          Interesting selection there o_0

          Snake, gator toes . . . Fried turtle and more! No balut though ;)

          1. re: Little T.

            If you ask in advance, maybe they can get you some Galut?

            1. re: TampaPete

              Gator tail meat is the most expensive per lb.; a popular, and less costly, "cut" of alligator is called "Wing". Actuallly it is the foreleg of the animal cooked and served on the bone. Almost universally, in restaurants, any cut of alligator is deep fried with a batter coating, most places par boil it first to tenderize the meat. With really good seasoning it tastes o.k. but under seasoned it is not all that tasty. I put it in the same class as the dull and not so yummy Tilapia.

            2. re: Little T.

              not wanting to miss out on anything I did a quick google for balut. Here's what came up. 'Think I'll pass.

            3. re: wench31

              Yes, Clarks is fantastic! That stupid website does not do justice to this place, It is uniquely unique, and the menu is extraordinary.

              I've had the gator ribs and they are pretty good, but the grand prize goes to the 3lb prime rib for $29. Thats just hard to beat. Quality is great, the atmosphere is beyond belief. They should be finished with the remodel by now. My favorite restaurant in the Jacksonville area, and its a big area.

            4. Sounds like he saw the recent episode of Man v. Food Nation (formerly Man v. Food), in which Adam visits Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa and samples the gator ribs. I think they were described as a cross between chicken and pork. The dry rub seasoning is probably the best part of it since gator is still like tough chicken on its best day.
              All in all, they ain't worth a 3.5-4 hr. road trip to T-town.

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                1. re: EdC

                  Lol! No it was on the Best Thing I Ever Ate, I think.

                    1. re: ospreycove

                      Thank you, ospreycove! This menu actually looks a little less scarier than Clark's Fish Camp. Even though hubby likes that stuff, I need to find something that I'm willing to eat!:)

                  1. re: EdC

                    I've had the gator ribs at skippers 5 times now. They are amazing. Super tender, i picked up a bone and it popped right out of the meat.

                  2. Fascinating.....only a southerner would dare try to make that happen. Could be the next blackened redfish? LOL