Taste of the Caribbean: Chowing Exotic Tail at Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl in Provo
There are no alligators in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Crocs roamed here centuries ago, but the Spanish Conquistadors took care of that.
They took care of some cat-sized rodent that apparently used to live in TCI and just about everything else that scurried about as well, leaving just a smattering of the still endangered iguanas, now found primarily on TCI’s smaller uninhabited isles, as the only even semi-exotic land animals around.
So, imagine my surprise upon being served this deliciously uncommon platter on my last trip to Provo this past summer. No, those aren’t chicken fingers; they’re gator tails! Fabulously fried, succulent gator tails paired perfectly with a bit of Bambarra Reserve; a great recipe for winding down the day at the hottest new conch shack in Provo, Bugaloo’s.
If the name sounds familiar to longtime Provo lovers it’s probably because you ran across the man, Bugaloo, himself during his years operating several small and humble shacks in the Blue Hills area near Da’ Conch Shack. Then, as now, Bugaloo has been widely recognized as THE CONCH MAN OF PROVO, so naturally when he took his celebrated name and talents across the island to a new spot in Five Cays Settlement back in November 2012, the action and good times went with him.
I’ll have a lot more to say about the conch, rum, and fun party vibe at Bugaloo’s in future posts. Today, though, my taste buds are squarely centered on the platter above.
Bugaloo’s brings in the tails from Louisiana. Lightly battered and fried, they’re excellent on their own, but that yellow dipping sauce sitting in middle of the plate really makes this snack a treat to me.
The guys at Bugaloo’s weren’t sharing the secret to their sauce during my visit, but you can be sure I’ll be back soon with my lab coat on to try and crack the code. Even if I’m not successful, it’ll still be worth it to try such exotic eats at such a fun place.
Bugaloo’s is open every day beginning at 11am. The kitchen closes at 10pm, but the bar tends to stay open a bit longer, depending on the crowd. To join the party at Bugaloo’s online, “Like” them on Facebook here.