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Which restaurants in the Wilmington area serve alligator as a menu item?

Robby Nelms

The waters of Greenfield Lake are teeming with alligators. Well, maybe not teeming, but they are there. And while some gators call the Port City home, these prehistoric creatures have managed to stay off of diners’ plates at local restaurants. After some calling around, there don’t seem to be any restaurants that feature this exotic meat.

Alligator is said to “taste like chicken,” but many others compare the taste to frog legs or pork. In Cajun cuisine, alligator is used quite a bit. It can be fried, grilled, braised, made into patties — the possibilities are endless. Ken Blevins, StarNews photographer and host of In the Kitchen with Ken recently made alligator tail tacos for his show.

Alligator might not be on any menus here in town, but for those who want to try their hand at making some at home, frozen tail meat can be purchased at Eagle Island Fruit and Seafood, (910) 762-1193.

If any readers know of a restaurant serving gator, please let us know by posting comments below.

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4 Responses to “ Which restaurants in the Wilmington area serve alligator as a menu item?”

  1. On August 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm Cindy wrote:

    Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant at Bass Pro Shops in Myrtle Beach SC serves alligator. My husband has eaten it there and he said it was delicious!

  2. On August 14, 2010 at 10:26 am Kevin wrote:

    Michaels seafood restaurant in Carolina Beach has an appetizer that is made with Alligator Sausage.

  3. On August 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm k wrote:

    The Lucky Fisherman Resaurant in Southport has it on their buffet

  4. On August 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm Jay wrote:

    Sharp Shooters in Jacksonville has gator nuggets on the menu.. and they are actually really good!

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