Grilled gator

Grilled gator

We’re celebrating New Year’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by sharing a gallon-sized Chocolate Russian frozen margarita, hanging with family and setting off fireworks. I hope you all have/had a safe and kickass NYE and are ready for the fury of ’09! How it’ll be different from ’08…I’m not sure. But I do know that, if nothing else, it’ll be a total tacostravaganza. And I have one request: I want alligator tacos.

The photo above is a plate of grilled alligator we had at the Cajon restaurant Boutin’s in Baton Rouge [more photos on Flickr]. It was insanely good. The meat itself was, yes, a lot like chicken. Maybe a little chewier with a sharper flavor, though that could have been due to the righteous grill job they gave it there. Having had alligator, I now know I must have alligator tacos. Hell, they could be cajun-grilled like the gator at Boutin’s, but throw on some salsa or pico de gallo, load it all up inside two warm tortillas (I tend to like my tacos with two thin tortillas of high quality.) and let ‘er rip! I’m tellin’ ya, that’ll make for some good tacos!

By gum, if we have to make ’em, we’re having gator tacos in ’09! Happy New Year everyone!