Tastes Like Chicken?

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I usually eat things that are specifically grown for consumption. Things like beef, chicken and pork. These are all tasty animals that don’t have any desire to eat me, unlike an alligator. So why would I think it was a good idea to try alligator meat? Because when you deep fry anything, it automatically makes it delicious. Boudreaux’s Louisiana Seafood and Steaks located in St. Joseph, Missouri is a locally owned Cajun restaurant. I’d like to think that the gator is supplied from somewhere far away… After ordering the fried alligator appetizer I couldn’t help but contemplate how one goes about catching an alligator so that people like me can consume it. How does one apply for life insurance if that’s your job? After the first bite, I quickly calculated how many pieces I could shove in my mouth without my husband noticing. Yup, it’s good. Do you know what’s better than deep-frying something? Add gravy to dip it in. Although it has a different texture than chicken, the taste is remarkably similar. Wait, how did that disappear so fast?

Fried Alligator

Fried Alligator

After inhaling the gator, my side salad came. It was topped with a sweet onion dressing, which happens to be the house dressing. After about 3 bites, I realize that the dressing has some kick to it. I guess I should expect that in a Cajun restaurant there was probably going to be spices in everything. I’m almost afraid to order dessert…almost.

Can you see the spices in the dressing?

Can you see the spices in the dressing?

If I’m going to do this Cajun thing, I might as well be all in, so I ordered Crawfish Etouffee. It’s crawfish and veggies in a spicy roux sauce topped with rice. I don’t generally like super spicy food, except when it comes to Cajun. It’s necessary to lose the feeling in your tongue and to wipe the sweat from your forehead. Otherwise, it’s just not the same. This particular Crawfish Etouffe missed the mark because it was not spicy enough. It was good, but I have had better.

Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish Etouffee

When it comes to ordering a new dish, I usually pick out something better than my husband. He beat me this time though. He ordered the Super Jambalaya which was chicken (not gator), shrimp and sausage with green, yellow and red peppers in Cajun broth. It was full of flavor, unlike mine. Lucky for me, he was nice enough to share. I think he was saving room for dessert though.

Super Jambalaya (Doesn't it look better than mine?)

Super Jambalaya (Doesn’t it look better than mine?)

The dessert menu consisted of a variety of cheesecake but I had to go with traditional bread pudding. It was probably because it was topped with rum sauce… Served warm with whipped cream, I could smell the cinnamon as soon as it was placed in front of me. It was the perfect end to my Cajun meal.

Bread Pudding with rum sauce

Bread Pudding with rum sauce

Oh, and we had chocolate cobbler too. It was super yummy and super rich. It was also served warm and with a side of vanilla ice cream. Did I mention that it was really rich? You be the judge…

Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate Cobbler

Now that we are in a food coma, I take in the surroundings. Boudreaux’s is located in a brick building built around 1905. The building has been many things, including a bank and a jail. The liquor is kept in the old bank vault room. That seems like a logical place to put the liquor… The bar was purchased from somewhere in Nebraska and it’s about as old as the building itself. The drink menu consists of drinks like Sexy Alligator, Blue Bayou and Cajun Killer.

Boudreaux's bar

Boudreaux’s bar

Even though the Crawfish Etoufee was not as spicy and flavorful as I would have preferred, it was still good. I would however order something different next time. The rest of the meal was delicious and the atmosphere was laid back.

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2 Responses to Tastes Like Chicken?

  1. Wow, I wouldn’t think alligator would be that good but your descriptions are amazing! I think I’d have to have one of everything you wrote about — especially the Jambalaya and the two desserts!!

  2. Mary Lovett says:

    I’m with you Valerie on the bread pudding Yummy

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