Ian Anderson 11 a.m., Aug. 2
Gatorburger: Chicken, with Attitude?
People say it tastes like chicken. Or fish. Or both.
Talking about alligator.
I had to try it. Took the plunge in Old Town. Crazee Burger (2415 San Diego Avenue, at Arista. Also in North Park at 4201 30th).
And they do have all sorts of crazy burgers there, from ostrich to kangaroo to antelope.
Crazee Burger's Spanish-looking Old Town bistro
Actually, people had always told me go for the wild boar burger ($9.95).
“It is our most popular,” says Scott, the server. “The flavors are sweet and sour. They come from the poached pear and red wine — and the whipped cream and jelly we put with it.”
Crazee burger? You said it.
Or I could just go for the bratwurst hotdog, partly because my friend Jan, who knows her sausages, says Crazee's bratwurst is so good. Also, it’s real cheap: $5.49 or, hey, $2.99 during happy hour (two to six, Monday through Friday).
But, no, today, the real thing. Even though — aye! — it’s $13.99. Definitely not cheap. The Snapping Gator Burger’s meat is from the tail of an animal brought up on a Florida alligator farm.
“It comes with a curry fruit tapenade that’s more curryish than fruitish,” says Scott.
And he’s right.
My gator burger, with tapenade ($13.99). Also, Jan's Aloha burger ($6.49) and sweet fries ($2.99) (delicious with parmesan cheese)
First chomp, I think: slightly burned chicken, even though it was not burned. Or like veal, maybe? Rabbit? Not that interesting, flavorwise, actually. The curry fruit tapenade definitely helps. But it's not as juicy as beef. Tighter, whiter, lighter.
Guess you’ve got to do it once. And, healthwise, no cholesterol and stuff. I’m sure it’s off-the-charts healthy.
I won’t say boring, but next time, boar.
Happy Hour (2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday) has seriously good deals