Then again, I have acquired a taste for something beyond your everyday burger topped with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and onions. Top that chunk of chuck with Bleu cheese crumbles, fried onion straws, spicy pickles and zesty aioli and it’s gourmet all the way.
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
But with all my traveling, I am broadening my food horizons; when in Rome, as they say, or Gator Joe’s, it’s go with the Romans/gator. Eat your heart out Survivorman!
It doesn’t get much more local than Ocklawaha’s Gator Joe’s.
The place had a Key West vibe inside . . .
Despite the threat of rain, Jimmy and I opted for a table outside on the pier overlooking Marion County's Lake Weir, where I’m told sunsets are a great way to cap off an evening meal; maybe next time.
Out there on Gator Joe’s deck our gator tail came fried and breaded, looking a lot like chicken nuggets.
All in all, the gator tasted much better than any chicken nuggets I'd consumed back in the day, as in when I was raising kids and menu options were limited. I’m not much for frozen foods breaded in cardboard and baked in the oven.
The fried gator tail was fresh (it’s actually a very lean meat before frying, high in fiber, potassium, iron and B12, in case you need convincing), the breading light, the accompanying tartar sauce fantastic. Add the view and I’d say our entire dining experience exuded exotic.