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River rats swim onto Chicago menus

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Nutria are also known as river rats. They live in the Chicagoland area, and they taste a little like chicken.

Photo by Louisa Chu

Eight Forty-Eight has talked about food and hunting before. But when WBEZ's food blogger Louisa Chu joined the show Tuesday, the conversation was not about bagging a deer, rabbit or even a raccoon. Heard anything about nutria? Never heard of said creatures? Chu recently posted about the river rats and joined Eight Forty-Eight to dish about them.

Music in: UB40 "Rat In Mi Kitchen", from the album The Very Best Of UB40, (Virgin)

Music out: The Grateful Dead, "Wharf Rat", recorded live at Boston Music Hall, 6/9/76

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