By Amy McCarthy
By Scott Reitz
By Scott Reitz
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Alice Laussade
By City of Ate
If you're craving fried seafood, choose the coconut shrimp over popcorn for a bigger, sweeter bite. The catfish is farm-raised and tastes a little flat, though it's not greasy and the mild flavor is preferred by some, and the oysters stay crisp when other dishes fall limp. If any of the combinations of fried things, soups and sandwiches on the menu don't suit you, speak up. The staff seem almost excited to make substitutions.
During my last visit I ordered two desserts, hoping I could find one that had half the personality and character of that Voodoo sauce. I ended up with a chocolate pie with a collapsed meringue and a terrible banana pudding. Still, the dessert order was telling.
Put yourself in the treadless shoes of a young, soft-spoken food runner instructed to deliver a banana pudding with absolutely no bananas in it — as if suddenly the restaurant is BYOBananas. In a confident yet properly apologetic way, he did exactly that, winning over the table.
2912 Elm St., 214-748-6901, eatgator.com. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday. $$
Oyster po'boy $11.95
Coconut shrimp $12.95
The pudding was less loved, with a stiff consistency closer to cannoli filling than the cascading ribbons of glistening dairy that made Jell-O Pudding commercials so seductive. The dish went unfinished, but everyone left with a desire to return, maybe for that oyster po'boy and maybe for the boudin, but more likely because the staff has a little Voodoo of their own.
A dish as "simple to make" as red beans and rice is actually quite easy to ruin. Being from Louisiana, I've tried it many times at numerous restaurants in Dallas. Alligator Cafe' has the best. Good stuff!
@gabe48Stuff that Pappadeaux talk. Fried crawfish! psh