Austin Restaurants Experiment with Alternative Types of Proteins

Lonesome Dove's Rattlesnake Sausage | John Anderson

Lonesome Dove's Rattlesnake Sausage | John Anderson

At some of Austin's more experimental restaurants, a new type of protein has begun making its way onto diners plates: snake. Restaurants experimenting with the reptile have found snake to be an incredibly versatile protein that offers a complexity of flavor. Very lean with many small bones similar to fish, the preparation may be a bit more labor intensive, but the exotic nature has led to quite the appeal amongst adventurous diners.

At Thai restaurant Sway, snake is not an unusual addition to the menu as the restaurant serves up a number of alternative type proteins including stingray, alligator and fried chicken hearts. For others, like Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, adding rattlesnake to the menu fit in well with the restaurant's Western inspired dishes. Read More