Need some raccoon meat? Head over to Reno’s Seafood (30226 Hwy 51, Akers, LA), just up the road from Middendorf’s, which sells everything from alligator, crabs, and shrimp, with a little raccoon thrown in. Perched on the edge of the highway in the middle of the Manchac swamp, Reno’s sells a little of everything (ice, bait, soft drinks) from a weatherbeaten cinderblock building. I can understand alligator being categorized as seafood, but raccoon seems to stretch the boundaries a bit, no?
(A sign just inside the doorway proclaims, “NO CROCS–Wet Floors”; this is a sentiment I fully support. Whatever happened to proper boat shoes? Silly rubber Crocs look like clown shoes…Top-siders are the superior wet-footwear choice, people.)
I didn’t ask if the raccoon was farmed or wild (sorry).