Toad Suck Arkansas and Frog Legs

I was reading Skinny Girls & Mayonnaise’s new post “Why I Don’t Like Frog Legs” which reminded me of the first time I tried frog legs. odd-place-names-toad-suck

The first time I tried frog legs was on my very first official date, well double date. My horribly shy and introverted 15-year-old self went on a first date to Toad Suck, Arkansas to eat fried frog legs.

I guess Toad Suck really should have been a sign of how the date was going to go. Perhaps my sense of irony was numbed by my nervousness, but now it screams, “Really, a date to a place with suck in the title?!” Also fried frog legs do not add anything good to a nervous stomach. It was a fried food buffet, or order off the menu. Of course, we all had to try the frog legs. Although the legs were deep-fried, there was no mistaking what they were. Rubbery and no amount of ketchup, tarter sauce, or lemon could make them taste good.

The night started with frog legs, moved to cruising around, then to a sofa and movie with the other couple heavy petting next to us. Nice. First and last date with that particular fellow. First and last time I ate frog legs. Wow, a trip down memory lane that led to Toad Suck Arkansas and frog legs.

Just FYI: The legend of and naming of Toad Suck– “Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn’t, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: “They suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.” Hence, the name Toad Suck.”   Now you know.



2 thoughts on “Toad Suck Arkansas and Frog Legs”

  1. LOL, that’s a much better explanation for the name than the awful images “Toad Suck” dredges up. You probably didn’t want to be with that person anyway. 😉


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