This thing you should try: rattlesnake and alligator sausages at Fat Shorty’s

The "Wildly Exotic" section of the Fat Shorty's sausage menu isn't bluffing. With alligator and rattlesnake joining elk, antelope, rabbit and wild boar on the menu, reptiles and mammals large and small are well-represented in a Fat Shorty's sandwich or platter. I tried the two weirdest ones, with mixed results.


From top to bottom: Rattlesnake and rabbit sausage, plain rabbit sausage, and Alligator sausage, surrounded by grilled onions and hot and sweet peppers. (Maura Judkis/for The Post)

 

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Alligator

Pro: Nice Cajun flavor, and it gets crispy on the outside.
Con: That vaguely fishy, gamey flavor.

 

 

 

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Rattlesnake

Pro: Also contains rabbit, the prey of a rattlesnake, so it's like an entire food chain in one sausage. Conjures up the imagery of an urban cowboy. Plus, you can say you ate a rattlesnake, which sounds pretty cool.

Con: VERY chewy. Like several minutes of chewing per bite.

Bonus sausage-eating experience: I am partly convinced that the combination of animals I ate at Fat Shorty's gave me strange, psychedelic dreams. Dreams that a family of punk-rock hedgehog people had invaded my home, and were trying to dye my hair silver. So, you know, keep that in mind if you decide to eat a few exotic animals in one sitting.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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