T+L Reports: The New Caviars
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T+L Reports: The New Caviars

Mississippi malossol hardly rolls off the tongue, but with restrictions on foreign fish eggs, domestic roe has been showing up on four-star menus. We asked U.S. chefs for their favorite American caviar and put their choices to the test.

THE FISH T+L'S TOP PICK White Sturgeon
RESTAURANT Charlie Trotter's 816 W. Armitage St., Chicago; 773/248-6228

T+L'S SOURCE Stolt Sea Farm Sterling Classic 800/525-0333; www.sterlingcaviar.com; $38/oz.

OUR VERDICT The perfect balance of briny creaminess and firmness; closest to the imports

THE FISH Choupique
RESTAURANT Arnaud's 813 Bienville St., New Orleans; 504/523-5433

T+L'S SOURCE American Seafood Choupique 504/822-3983; $8/oz.

OUR VERDICT Buttery freshwater eggs with straightforward flavor and mild salinity

THE FISH Paddlefish
RESTAURANT BLT Fish 21 W. 17th St., New York; 212/691-8888

T+L'S SOURCE Tsar Nicoulai Paddlefish 800/952-2842; ; $24/oz.

OUR VERDICT Firm pearls that glide across the palate; perfect for a caviar novice

THE FISH Rainbow Trout
RESTAURANT rm 33 E. 60th St., New York; 212/319-3800

T+L'S SOURCE Sunburst Rainbow Trout Caviar 800/673-3051; ; $14/oz.

OUR VERDICT Don't be fooled by the orange color: these supple eggs stand up to the big boys

—Jennifer V. Cole and Clark Mitchell

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