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Crockett67 Mar 14, 2012 05:57 AM

I know it's a weird question, but my boyfriend really likes to try new things. The very fact that he's more pumped to try the bug bites at the insectarium than oysters at Acme pretty much sums him up.

Last fall we were invited to a real crawfish boil with nutria this spring by some friends on-line... six months later, timing just didn't work out. While I love NO, the whole reason we are going back was so he could try nutria. He has been really looking forward to it.

The trip is for his birthday and it's his only fun trip this year. We are staying in the French Quarter without cooking facilities, but I will get a taxi for up to 30 miles out of the city to make this happen.

So, I know it's a very uncommon request, but does any restaurant, deli, grocery store carry a precooked nutria for him to try?

Thanks!

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    daddio Mar 9, 2013 11:34 PM

    OK THEN. I'm going to be in Lafayette from about May 2-6, maybe longer for the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge. If anybody will cook up and serve me some Nutria while I am there I would be beholding to you forever. I'm going to be doing some fishing while I am there, and maybe I can bring some fish into the deal. I've never fished down there, and if the fishing is good, I'll hang around for a few extra days after the festival. I won't be able to do anything with the fish I catch other than let them loose, or sell them, or donate them. If you can cook the Nutria for me, I'll maybe hook you up with some fish. Let me know. daddiogtATgmailDOTcom

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      zin1953 Mar 9, 2013 05:41 PM

      Thread drift, but I can't help it -- for anyone driving outside the city limits . . . .

      Q: Why did the nutria cross the road?
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      A: It didn't.

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        daddio Mar 9, 2013 11:25 PM

        But why? Roadkill or shot in the road?

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          zin1953 Mar 10, 2013 08:35 AM

          DOR (dead on road)

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        nolala Feb 28, 2013 11:00 AM

        Try the place on Rampart St right when it turns into St. Claude, riverside. It was King Roger's for years, had nutria, sat empty, got remodeled recently, but it's your best and closest shot. And, it has to be said, I'd rather eat bugs than wait in the tourist-line and eat at Acme. Why not go across the street to Felix's?

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          Crockett67 Feb 28, 2013 03:07 PM

          Because I have eaten at Felix's, wasn't as good as Acme to me. But to each their own.

          Drago's was good as well, but there is a special place in my heart for Acme.

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            Fydeaux Mar 1, 2013 07:39 AM

            Just for the sake of metioning it, I'm with you on Acme over Felix's. I once tried both one after ther other. Felix's had bigger oysters, but they were much tastier at Acme.

            And I have never had to stand in line there.

        2. N.O.Food Feb 25, 2013 04:40 PM

          Yall should come down for this next year, assuming they have it:

          https://sites.google.com/site/2013nut...

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            daddio Feb 24, 2013 03:24 PM

            I am so like your boyfriend. I travel just to eat new things. I've made my last two roadtrips to Nawlins for that reason, but I did not get to a place where I could get Nutria. It wasn't because I didn't find one. but because I was eating so many other things that I just never got there. This year I bought a kayak from a guy on Craigslist.org so I could go fishing, and because I was on a lake with many alligators and nesting birds in the canals and marshes. I want to get just a little bit closer for photos. I will find a Nutria to eat this year for sure. I really have to try it. I hope you guys found some. I drive 4,000 plus miles on these foodie roadtrips and generally take 2 weeks per trip. Retirement is good.

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              Crockett67 Feb 25, 2013 06:50 AM

              Thanks for the link above. We didn't, he had to choke down oysters at Acme and a Jazz brunch at Commanders Palace instead.... oh the humanity. ;) Thankfully there were plenty of old fashions, pims cups, and sazeracs to keep him civil.

              Nonetheless, we will be back to the crazy city I'm sure. I'm up in OH at the moment so I don't think my SO would put up with a 14+ hour car trip.

              If you find any more leads, please pass them on!

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                Bill Hunt Feb 26, 2013 06:58 PM

                Amazing what one will eat, when "lubricated" with libations!

                Please travel back,

                Hunt

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                  Crockett67 Feb 26, 2013 07:11 PM

                  That we will, that we will. :) <3

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                    gumbopop Feb 27, 2013 02:17 PM

                    there is a wild game supper in Larose La..about 50 miles from NO>>>Call 985 693 7355
                    thursday nite!!!!!!!!!!

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                      daddio Feb 27, 2013 07:02 PM

                      Hey gumbopop. Is this an ongoing thing? Is it private or is it commercial? I make a 4000 mile road trip every May to Louisiana to eat food that I can't get in Colorado. Last year I went to the Crawfish Festiva in Breaux Bridge, and then LaFayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, then a couple cities in Alabama, and then back to New Orleans before heading home. I would love to find out this place would be available in May when I'm down there. What city is it in and what is it called?

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                        Hungry Celeste Feb 28, 2013 08:36 AM

                        The Wild Game supper is an annual fundraiser, usually held in Feb. It is not a restaurant, but a community supper featuring donated wild game cooked by locals. Here's a recent news article on it: http://www.dailycomet.com/article/201...

            2. Bill Hunt Mar 14, 2012 07:18 PM

              Recent New Orleans Magazine had a little sidebar on two local chefs, who were exploring some very local food items, and nutria was mentioned. Will try to find that edition, and get more details. Read it on the plane down to NOLA, and my memory just will not conjure up the names, or the name of their restaurant.

              Hunt

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                Crockett67 Mar 15, 2012 05:37 AM

                Nice! Any help would be appreciated!

              2. Delucacheesemonger Mar 14, 2012 12:35 PM

                Only place l have had nutria was in South America, liked it, did not love it. If a place shows up, will get next time in N.O

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                  Crockett67 Mar 15, 2012 05:38 AM

                  Does it taste similar to anything? Beaver maybe?

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                  rabeezbabee Mar 14, 2012 12:29 PM

                  There is a guy called Seafood Frank who lives just to the left of the Industrial Canal Bridge. He sells whole nutria as well as raccoon, turtles, alligators, etc. If you want to bring one home in a cooler, you can call him at 504 292 7831.

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                    Crockett67 Mar 15, 2012 05:38 AM

                    Hummm... I would have to think how this would work out since I'm staying at a hotel.

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                      daddio Feb 24, 2013 04:09 PM

                      I had a simlar problem while I was visiting last year and wanted to take home some crawfish, boudin, alligator, and some other things I couldn't get in Colorado. I went to a dry ice/ shipping company. The guy sold me the dry ice, packed my cooler (a $5 styrofoam cooler from Walmart) with the food and the dry ice wrapped in layers of newspapers, based upon how many days I had to get home, and everything froze and stayed frozen for the 4-5 days I had to drive home. It worked out great and only cost me around $20. Here's one in NO: http://nolafoodshippers.com/Louisiana...
                      Where are you guys from? If you're close by, maybe we could roadtrip together. (It's an old hippie thing from back when we all trusted each other.) We share the ride and comradery, not hotel room.

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                    Hungry Celeste Mar 14, 2012 07:05 AM

                    Sorry, I can't think of a single place that has nutria on the menu, nor a readily available retail source in the city. Why not try the more readily available frogs' legs, hogshead cheese, softshelled crab, ham hocks, hog jowls, etc.? If he's into earthy cooking, he can find plenty to enjoy on Cochon's menu: http://www.linkrestaurantgroup.com.php5-22.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/cochon/files/2012/03/Cochon-Menu-3.13.12.pdf

                    Or, you could take a taxi to Tan Dinh, a Vietnamese restaurant, on the West Bank and have jellyfish salad, goat stew, or alligator curry. Or goi cuon bi (shredded pork skin spring rolls). See a partial menu at TD's FB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tan-Din...

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                      Crockett67 Mar 15, 2012 05:43 AM

                      Some really interesting finds for sure! Cochon's sounds fabulous!

                      As for Tan Dinh, we are spoiled here in Columbus OH. The university brings in a LOT of foreign students and so has a very thriving ethnic scene with a very rich pallette.

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                      hazelhurst Mar 14, 2012 06:11 AM

                      Sale of game is contra-legal so that, for example, duck in gumbo must be raised. Nutria doesn't fall into that category and there have been several half-hearted efforts to popularize it. Paul Prudhomme tried several years ago but threw in the towel last I heard. But you never know. In an effort to stand out someone might be trying. There was a guy up in Baton Rouge that tried it four or five times but he also quit. In the words of Prudhomme "[Nutria] accepts seasoning well" which tells you something. In other words, while nutria is worth shootin' it really ain't worth eating. Maybe John Besh will try his magic....

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                        collardman Mar 14, 2012 11:18 AM

                        T. Pittari's would have had it RIP

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                          Big Easy Mar 14, 2012 09:27 PM

                          That was chef Philippe Parola who was on a one-man crusade to promote nutria. I stopped going to his restaurant because I got queasy thinking about rat being prepared in the same kitchen with my food. Calvin's Bocage Market sold nutria meat for a brief period about twenty years ago but I haven't seen any interest in it in a long time. Parola is now a restaurant consultant.

                          http://www.chefphilippe.com/

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                            texasredtop Mar 15, 2012 06:18 AM

                            Yes, I would have a problem with nutria being prepared around my food too. You could call me "Big Queasy".

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                              collardman Mar 15, 2012 09:59 AM

                              Remember once upon a time crawfish and many fin fish that are now in vogue were trash or by catch.

                              Having eaten from street vendors all over the world i try not to think too much about the source and just enjoy the end result. I will eat nutria if it shows up on a menu but probably not seek it out!

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                                texasredtop Mar 15, 2012 12:36 PM

                                My uncle used to raise them and when he would take my cousin and I to DeQuincy, we would stop and check them out. I will never get those pictures out of my head. Not . gonna . happen . for . me

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                                  kukubura Mar 15, 2012 03:10 PM

                                  When my lovely wife visited NOLA for the first time she was researching a walking tour project and spent a lot of time hanging out with the staff at the hotel around the courtyard smoking and just chatting about this and that. One of the old guys told her that he cooked nutria. She asked him if it was good. He croaked back "If ya cook it right!"

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                                daddio Feb 24, 2013 03:59 PM

                                I think you are being a bit naive by saying you can't eat something prepared in the same kitchen as a rat, especially if you considered the other things being cooked in that kitchen. Eating at any restaurant that serves any kind of ethnic food would have things going on that would freak you out. Consider sweetbreads, kidney, chitlins, etc, all being animal guts and having known what has been in them or around them. Squirrel is a rodent just like a nutria is, but of corse they're so cute and fuzzy that you'd maybe overlook them. They are nothing more than cute rats. Nutria is as clean as any other animal in the kitchen of most restaurants.Besides, if nobody told you what you were eating, you'd probably eat something considered totally disgusting and love it, like chitlins. Anything covered with gravy or bacon is delicious.

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                                Crockett67 Mar 15, 2012 05:40 AM

                                Interesting. I guess I should not be surprised.

                                T. Pittari's sounded like a hell of a restaurant. RIP.

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