WATCH | The Pit Bar-B-Q in Miami serves up some of the most popular gator meat in the country.
Owner Michael Gonzales says their restaurant is the last stop on the highway before you enter the Everglades, so tourists often stop in for gator bites either before or after visiting the national park.
Chef Jose Perez says the tail meat is really the only part you want to eat. The rest of the gator is dark meat, and can be chewy and somewhat fishy.
The Pit breads their gator bites in cornmeal and lots of spices, to make it extra crispy and flavorful.
Then the bites are deep fried to a nice golden color, and served up a la carte with a bit of tartar sauce and an extra spicy dip.
Chef Perez says gator meat is wildly popular at this restaurant. They sell up to 200 lbs of gator meat every week! He says gator is compared to the flavor of chicken mixed with pork, and has the texture of seafood.