Living in the south for a few years, there are just some things to be thankful for when moving back to Colorado. Like not having to wonder if there are six-foot-long lizards with ominous-looking teeth and a 300 pound per square inch biting force.

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I'll admit it, gators kind of freaked me out a bit, but they did also fascinate me. Oh, gator happens to be quite tasty too. If you have ever had the opportunity to try alligator tail, you know what I am talking about.

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What Does Alligator Taste Like?

When the alligator tail is in its raw form, it appears to be a cross between a chicken breast and a fillet of mahi-mahi. After the meat is seasoned and fried, it has a white and almost flaky texture to the meat.

Some say alligator tail tastes like chicken while others say the flavor more represents quail. Other parts of the gator can be compared to pork. I can't comment on these cuts of a gator simply because I have never had them before.

Where to Order Alligator in Colorado

Now you are intrigued about gator tail, but you don't want to take a trip to the south. Not a problem. There are numerous places in Colorado where you can order alligator. The following restaurants have alligator on their menu:

The Lost Cajun - Fort Collins

The Lost Cajun serves up fried gator bites as an appetizer for $11.

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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen - Greenwood Village

Pappadeaux serves up crispy alligator with potato sticks and creole dipping sauce.

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The Asian Cajun - Denver

The Asian Cajun has two options when it comes to gator on their menu. Fried gator as an appetizer for $10.95 and a gator po'boy sandwich for $17.95

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The Buckhorn Exchange - Denver

The Buckhorn Exchange is the oldest restaurant in the Mile High City and has been in operation since 1893. The Buckhorn Exchange offers fried center-cut alligator tail with a seafood cocktail sauce for $17.

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The Juicy Seafood - Parker

The Juicy Seafood in Parker serves up fried alligator with fries and a choice of sauce. Four chunks of fried alligator will run you $15 at The Juicy Seafood.

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