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Chicago Restaurant Barbecues Kangaroo, Alligator
Yahoo News ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Holly Bentz

Posted on 02/03/2013 10:01:25 AM PST by nickcarraway

Three eateries in Chicago's River North neighborhood highlight robatayaki. Yet one has kicked things up a bit on the robata grill, venturing into the realm of delectable and unusual food for Chicagoans.

What Is Robatayaki?

What exactly is robatayaki? Robatayaki is Japanese-style barbecue -- seafood, meat, and vegetables are grilled over a hot flame of charcoals, called the robata grill. Folklore chronicles this food preparation back to the 1600s in northern Japan. 



River North Restaurants Trending With a Robata Grill In Chicago's River North, a trio of Chicago restaurants within a 1-mile radius proffer sushi and foods prepared on the robata grill. Because Chicago upholds a strict indoor air quality ordinance, these dining establishments have customized grills that don't use charcoal.

On the southwest corner of Illinois and Clark Street, Roku Akor barbecues steaks, seafood, and other usual fare robatayaki-style. Travel five blocks north, and SUMI Robata Bar (Huron and Wells), the latest arrival, focuses on the traditional Japanese robata-grilled cuisine (steak, fish, and vegetables).

The idea of barbecuing over a robata grill is nothing really new, but Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is the first Chicago restaurant to revolutionize it in River North. For restaurateurs Mike Schatzman and chef Chao, the research for unique foods commenced as a global expedition, tasting different street fare and foods prepared on the robata grill. After gathering six months of culinary intelligence spanning two continents, Chao developed what some might deem an intimidating menu. Chao unites usual ingredients with unique foods, such as grilled alligator and barbecued kangaroo, on the robata grill.


Unique Foods Off the Robata Grill

"Kangaroo tastes like a cross between beef and lamb, but without the gaminess," explains Chao. Union Sushi imports its kangaroo from Australia. To ensure succulence, the kangaroo bathes in pineapple and a soy seasoning

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Local News
KEYWORDS: chicago; cookery; restaurants

1 posted on 02/03/2013 10:01:28 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It’s not kangaroo, nick. It’s kat.


2 posted on 02/03/2013 10:05:07 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: nickcarraway

If you ever get a chance, try nutria. It looks like a big rat, but it tastes like a combination of chicken and pork. It’s delicious!


3 posted on 02/03/2013 10:11:42 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: nickcarraway

Always wanted to try alligator — until I was in Costco recently and bought my dog a big bag of “Louisiana Alligator Jerky.” “Wheat free, corn free, no artificial anything,” or so says the bag. She spit it out and walked away from it like it was cat poo. Must be bad; she’ll eat anything. Thanks, sweetie.


4 posted on 02/03/2013 10:15:11 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: nickcarraway

I had kangaroo once at a vineyard in Australia

Once of the tastiest & most memorable meals I’ve ever had!


5 posted on 02/03/2013 10:17:58 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (I once saw a movie where only the police & military had guns. It was called "Schindler's List")
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve had bull’s tongue, gator, buffalo, ostrich, snake, rabbit, pheasant, bear, deer, and some unidentified “parts” from a corner wok in Hong Kong, so who knows.


6 posted on 02/03/2013 10:17:58 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: nickcarraway

Alligator is not so strange. You can get it at Fishbone’s Rhythm Kitchen in the Detrot (yeah, Detroit) area. Exceptional fare.


7 posted on 02/03/2013 10:19:41 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: surroundedbyblue

“... I had kangaroo once...”

I gotta ask... does it taste like beef?


8 posted on 02/03/2013 10:31:12 AM PST by momtothree (Thanks for the memories, Ray Ray!)
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To: nickcarraway
The idea of barbecuing over a robata grill is nothing really new,

In the sense that humans have been doing so (grilling meat over hot charcoal) for 200,000+ years, yeah, it's not really new.

LOL, who writes crap like that?

9 posted on 02/03/2013 10:32:23 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: nickcarraway

Gator tail Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm!! In the South we bread it and deep fry it but we bread and deep fry everything. :-)


10 posted on 02/03/2013 10:35:42 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: LibWhacker

I’ve had alligator at several different restaurants. One restaurant’s fare was excellent, the other’s was like trying to chew shoe leather. I guess it just depends on how it is prepared.


11 posted on 02/03/2013 10:37:33 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m sticking to ribs and wings, thank you very much!


12 posted on 02/03/2013 10:43:09 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: nickcarraway

Get back to me when they are frying up whale, spotted owl and falcon.


13 posted on 02/03/2013 10:49:37 AM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: nickcarraway
Chicago Restaurant Barbecues Kangaroo, Alligator

I wonder if they take a hint from one of Michael Keaton's characters and feed the kangaroo to the alligator's before they BBQ them?

Mark

14 posted on 02/03/2013 10:55:39 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: nickcarraway
Monkey Hips & Rice!
15 posted on 02/03/2013 11:37:36 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: nickcarraway

Woomera, woomera, babaloo, boomerang.
Crocodile, kookaburra, wombat, orangutang.
Wee-ho, Wey-ho, Thurramungamine.
Quantong, billabong, gunner bluey pine,
Platypus, emu, wallaby, roo,
Ibis, brolga, the white cockatoo.
Nurra burra, carrah, coolamon, bankoo,
Boggabri, narrabri, nevertie, yanchor,
Hoopla! Hoopla! Ha-Ha-Ha!
Yanchor High School Ya-Ya-Ya!’

— From ‘The Cars That Ate Paris’

Or, perhaps the menu from this restaurant.


16 posted on 02/03/2013 12:04:27 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: P.O.E.
Ever dine on these?
17 posted on 02/03/2013 1:03:10 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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To: momtothree

Yep. It’s very red like beef but sweeter & more tender. Like better than the best filet mignon! Deeeeeeelicious!


18 posted on 02/03/2013 2:57:06 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (I once saw a movie where only the police & military had guns. It was called "Schindler's List")
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To: carriage_hill

I hate to admit it, but yes. Breaded & deep fried, I guess anything looks edible. Include in that list calf brains, and tripe. I’m the one they save the gizzards for on Thanksgiving.


19 posted on 02/04/2013 7:08:39 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: carriage_hill

Oh, add to that list baked filled pig’s stomach & haggis.


20 posted on 02/04/2013 7:10:00 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

Here in pa, ‘Hog Maw’ was a treat back in the 50s, and still is, in some places. I never had the ‘fortitude’ to try it, though the filling sounds edible.

http://www.food.com/recipe/stuffed-hog-maw-pa-dutch-140591


21 posted on 02/04/2013 8:07:31 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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