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Where are the best snails?

Stanley Stephan | May 20, 200201:56 AM

Saturday night I had escargots served with fresh English peas on a bed of greens.

This is the second time I've had snails. The first time was on the East Coast and I remember a lot of butter and a certain chewiness. I thought "Well, if you put enough butter on anything it will taste good".

So I was surprised to see a different preparation. There was an actual flavor to the escargot themselves.

Are there any other restaurants that have different preparation of snails other than the classic butter drenched?

I have trouble describing the dish I had on Saturday without being funny, mostly unintentionally. All I can say is that the flavors were unique and I would try other preparations.

I was telling my "uncouth" friends about the snails. I should have expected trouble when after saying the snails were on a bed of greens, someone asked if they were still moving.

When I tried to describe the texture which was not chewy, I said they were tender. A chorus of eeewweees.

I knew better at this point than to describe the delicate flavor as earthy, so I tried saying the taste was vaguely like a green garden. More moans and the comment that they were snails. Of course they would taste that way.

Well I liked them anyway.

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