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Fat Shorty’s Rattlesnake Sausage

Posted April 30, 2013 by Mary Kong-DeVito in Curiosities


he Dish: Rattlesnake sausage ($8.50 for a sandwich, $10 for a one-sausage platter, $14 for a two-sausage platter)

Where to Get It: Fat Shorty’s, 3035 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA.  703.243.5660

What It Is: A sausage made of rattlesnake, rabbit, pork, jalapeno, and pepper.

What It Tastes Like: Chicken, but tougher. The dish is lighter than an all-pork sausage and has a nice snap, pairing well with the grilled onions and peppers.

The Story:Fat Shorty’s “exotic” menu section includes alligator and wild boar. “It’s just good, and we figured many people have yet to try it,” says chef Rahman “Rock” Harper. “Part of our appeal is to give people what they’ve never had before.” Because 100 percent rattlesnake would be dry (and expensive), the restaurant mixes it with pork and rabbit.

How to Eat It: The sausage comes on a platter or on a toasted bun with grilled onions, sweet red peppers, hot peppers, or sauerkraut. read more

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.