When spring rolls around, it's not uncommon to find rabbit on the menu at many restaurants. Most meat-eaters don't get hung up on the idea of eating the Easter Bunny, but if your inner 5-year-old is the sensitive type, it might trouble you that rabbit is often served with an accompaniment of Bugs Bunny's favorite food: carrots.
Why's that? The two tastes go well together, wrote Melissa Clark in the New York Times. "The combination makes sense on a culinary level. Lean and mild, rabbit takes well to sweet flavors." Rabbit is also served in hearty dishes that already pair well with root vegetables, like casseroles and stews.
If that carrot-and-rabbit combination gives you a squidgy feeling, relax. Carrots aren't actually a huge part of a rabbit's diet; the animals mostly eat hay. (They also like broccoli, cabbage and kale, if any enterprising chefs are looking for new ideas.) As for the carrots and rabbit, you'll find them on the menu together at the following places:
The Green Pig Bistro: Rabbit cake (like crab cake but with rabbit), is served with seasonal vegetables, which has included a carrot puree in the past. Sweet potato and Brussels sprouts are presently on the menu. $23.
Firefly: A four-course, $65 rabbit tasting menu to celebrate spring from March 26 through April 1, featuring crispy rabbit leg, spring carrots and peas, red eye gravy and potato puree. For dessert: Carrot sorbet.