2017 Progress Edition
These local businesses support the local arts, theater, and entertainment in our region.
The Fried Alligator
In 2012 on a trip down to New Orleans, Kingsport native Scott Compton began to think that maybe it was time to bring a slice of The Big Easy back home with him. Alumni of ETSU, Scott was no stranger to the foodservice world before the idea of opening his restaurant struck him. Scott began working in food service at the age of 15, becoming a manager at Pal’s at 17, and staying with them for 13 years.
The Fried Alligator has been bringing the New Orleans cuisine people crave to the tri-cities at their Kingsport location and their new food truck. The Fried Alligator serves only the freshest of seafood, including alligator, oysters, catfish, scallops, shrimp, crawfish, and even shark! “This is home. My family is from right here. I've traveled to numerous cities, and nothing beats our region" Mr. Compton says, "At The Fried Alligator we pride ourselves on having the best food within 200 miles, and the best Cajun food this side of the Mississippi!”
When you're sitting at home, and you're wondering what dinner will be, don't be shocked when you find a quiet whisper filling the air around you saying "jambalaya…beignets….Po' boys…fried gator….catfish….crawfish….” Listen to what the wind is trying to tell you and head to The Fried Alligator. Nothing but the best and tastiest delights await you there.