“The Muffaletta Po’ Boy isn’t a burger. It’s a sandwich,” says the waitress taking my order. Unfortunately the official website wouldn’t let me zoom into the menu and since the letters were tiny, I faintly saw the words meat and cheese, and wrongfully assumed it was a burger. The waitress explained how the sandwich came with salami, olives, cheese, and sauce.
After swallowing my embarrassment and adding on a side order of Alligator bites, I was excited to finally try Louisiana-inspired food for the first time. Attached to the Swampwater Grill is Riverside Centre Antiques, a quaint store with interesting collectibles, and I enjoyed seeing a fez labeled “Syrian Aide” before smelling the intense restaurant aromas. I got my meal to go with a side of water, ready to enjoy it with the cool breeze on the sunny fall afternoon.
Gator doesn’t taste too peculiar, despite with my aversion to most seafood (I’ve never been a fan of chewy textures and smells). Before the visit I’ve tasted Alligator jerky from Jungle Jim’s which was very delicious with the spice flavorings. Perhaps the bites are dulled down due to them covered in fried batter, but to me it tasted a little bit like chicken with a chewier consistency, different from the flaky texture of the jerky. It’s what I would imagine eating shark tastes like– bland without any spices. They come with a savory sauce and jalapenos, which did surprise my taste buds, but the fatty texture combined with the fried outside (I’m not a big fried food lover) turned me off, and I ended up not eating any more.
The true “wow” moment for me came when I took a bite of the Muffaletta sandwich, and my taste buds applauded. The salami and olives paired with the creamy sauce and onions was like hearing “Alleluia” for the first time, and it was more than enough food–I ended up taking seconds to work for lunch.
Left is the Gator bites, Right shows the Muffaletta with some fried okra
If you’ve had Gator, did you like it? Let me know in the comments!