Alligator Meat

Try Fried Alligator at the Rustic Inn Crabhouse

Sink your teeth into some alligator meat from Rustic Inn. This Southern staple – though seen as exotic in other regions of the country – is a popular appetizer at the Rustic Inn Crabhouse. Learn more about why diners find gator meat dishes so irresistible, or stop by for lunch or dinner to see what everyone's raving about.

Put Your Palate to the Test

The Rustic Inn Crabhouse has access to some of the best farms and sources in the area, serving up high-quality, delicious gator meat. While on vacation, especially if you’ve never tried alligator, you may want to start with the Fisherman’s Platter Family Style appetizer.

This platter is an assortment of different appetizers, including Alligator Bites, so you and your party can taste it for the first time. Most gator lovers describe the flavor as similar to chicken with a firm, but tender, texture like veal. This sampler provides an opportunity to try something new and exotic while enjoying other favorites including frog legs, mussels with crab sauce, crab fritters and Key West shrimp.

Gator Meat for Those Who Need No Introduction

Already a big fan of gator meat? Order the Fried Alligator to kick off your meal at Rustic Inn. This dish features tender chunks of alligator meat deep fried to a golden brown. Guests often find this dish tastes like a mix of veal and chicken, and it's best enjoyed with a squeeze of lemon and a mouthwatering dipping sauce that complements the savory flavor.

And if you have a more adventurous appetite, go for the Fried Gator and Frog Leg Combo. Just like gator, frog legs are known to taste like chicken and complement the alligator meat.

More facts about American Alligators

Did you know that Alligators have been on Earth for millions of years and are native only to China and America? The American alligators are found in the southeastern United States, from Virginia and North Carolina south to Florida and west to the southern tip of Texas. The length of an alligator can be estimated by determining (in inches) the distance between the center of the skull (between the eyes) and its nostrils. That number then can be translated into feet to give an estimate of the entire length of the animal. Their average weight is between 300 to 500 pounds. An alligator’s diet consists mainly of small animals that live in, or near the water, including fish, turtles, crabs, and frogs. They strongly favor freshwater and are not to be confused with crocodiles, which can live in seawater. Alligators are much smaller and much less aggressive than crocodiles.

Ready to Order?

Come see why alligator meat has become a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Packed with protein and low in fat, alligator meat can be a healthy choice.  According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a 3.2 oz. serving of alligator meat (raw portions, not fried) contains around 232 calories. With only 38 calories from fat, 0 saturated fat, 0 cholesterol, 0 carbohydrates but packs in a ton of protein, 46 grams.  Call 954-584-1637 for more information about Rustic Inn, or visit 4331 Anglers Ave in Fort Lauderdale to enjoy a plate of gator or the Rustic Inn’s World famous Garlic Crabs™.