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Swamp delicacies brought to you by the Chomp House Grill

Posted by Sam Haught on May 25, 2016 10:44:04 AM

Whether you realize it or not, what you eat on vacation is just as important as what you do. How many times have you scrolled through your Instagram or Facebook feed and seen the unique (or just plain weird) things your friends are eating. You start thinking, "What is that? Where did they get that?" Or occasionally, "Where do I get some of that?!" While people may think they have to travel across an ocean to try unique delicacies, the swamp has its own special treats unique to Florida. Here are four Florida delicacies that you can try at the Chomp House Grill

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Yep. You read that right. Frog legs. While people may assume that frog legs are only available in France, the Southeastern United States – Florida in particular – is well-known for serving frog legs. And with Wild Florida being located at the headwaters of the Everglades, it's not a big surprise that we carry this swamp treat at our place!

2. Catfish

When you look at the fish dishes at a "normal" restaurant, what do you see? Salmon, grouper, tilapia... yeah, the usual. But how often do you see catfish listed as an option? Unfortunately, catfish has a reputation for being a "bottom feeder" fish. Despite this bad rap, catfish is a very lean fish, making it an excellent source of protein!

unspecified-1-1.jpg3. Turtle*

You might call this the "other other red meat". While eating turtle is fairly uncommon in most of the United States, it is a southern delicacy here in Florida. Turtle is also extremely popular in the Caribbean, Japan, China, and most of Southeast Asia. As a great source of protein, you can understand why turtle is a sought-after meal. *This dish is only offered seasonally. 

4. Gator

If tuna is the chicken of the sea, then you could say that gator is the chicken of the swamp. (A little-bit-chewier chicken, anyway!) While people may be used to snapping photos of these gators out in the wild, some Floridans opt to have gator on their plates rather than their cameras. And don't worry, none of the gators you see in the Gator and Wildlife Park or out on Lake Cypress find themselves at the Chomp House Grill. 

So if you're feeling brave and think your stomach can handle some (or maybe all) of these swamp delicacies, stop by the Chomp House Grill at Wild FLorida sometime for lunch. With our Swamp Sampler, you can try all of the options listed above with a few of our swamp sides – or just get the meat!

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