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Taste Test: deep-fried alligator tail on a stick

Posted October 24, 2009

The taste testing this year has been nothing less than an adventure. It's been bacony, collard-y (collardy?), deep-fried (to be expected) and now it's reptillian, because I wandered over to the Ragin' Cajun's booth near the Grandstand and snagged myself alligator tail on a stick, which comes in a basket with some fries. Everything set me back about $8.

The advantage of this booth is that the grandstand is only a step away so it's easy to find a place to sit down and eat. Once settled and having consumed a few spicy fries, I considered the alligator. I didn't know how to go about eating it. It had a decent amount of breading on it and the meat was fairly tough. I finally started eating it with my fingers. It was warm but not hot and I was able to start dismantling it without trouble.

Alas, I didn't like it very much. It tasted, as apparently all unfamiliar meats do, much like chicken. Tough, spicy-breading-covered chicken. And I'm not fond of chicken, no matter how tasty the breading is. If you like chicken, I think you'd enjoy this. The coating was zesty and crumbly and complimented the alligator well.

What I did like: the fries. If you like Bojangle's seasoned fries, these will be right up your alley. In the basket with the fries, the alligator looks like it might not be too much, but it and the fries will fill you up. Get it for yourself as a meal, or share it with a friend as a snack.

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  • AtALost Oct 26, 2009

    I like chicken, but see no need to eat something that tastes like chicken just to say I ate it. Also, if its tougher or has to cook for days to remove a gamey taste (like venison) then I skip it. But thanks for the review.