Monday, June 13, 2016
Eat and/or Be Eaten
As you can imagine, the "East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park" in Grand Saline is packed with various wildlife but the main event is definitely the gators. And the best part of watching gators is: feeding time! Each day at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM a park employee will bring out the feeding bucket the frenzy begins!
The gators' menu seems to consist of (at least during scheduled feeding times) chopped up chicken parts. When a piece hits the ground it doesn't take long to end up inside a gator's belly. Here's a little glimpse at supper time:
If watching that makes you work up an appetite then the Park has a way to turn the tables and put you in the role of predator by offering a small selection of dishes with alligator meat at the Park's Grill (bottom left):
Behold the Gator Kabob!!
A little small for the price but the gator meat was fantastic. It was perfectly seasoned and well textured. The old cliche is that it "tastes like chicken" but this had more of a red meat vibe, probably since it was grilled with similar spices that would be used on a steak. It wasn't gamey at all. The veggies were good too!
So whether you're interested in gators eating or eating gators, this place is definitely worth a stop!