Ohio stores stock up on gator meat
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some Ohio stores are stocking up on alligator meat in anticipation of demand from Ohio State fans planning pregame feasts for Monday's championship between the top-ranked Buckeyes and the No. 2 Florida Gators.
Akron's West Point Market is selling alligator meat for $14.99 a pound. Columbus-area Meijer stores are selling frozen alligator fillets for $6.99 a pound, telling customers in an advertisement to "bring home your own slice of gator." The advertisement for the Meijer promotion includes a drawing of a snarling buckeye nut with the tail of an alligator sticking out of its mouth.
Meijer stores also are promoting "tailgator" parties on Saturday.
Doug Fulton, West Point's manager of meat, seafood and oven-ready food -- and a University of Florida graduate -- said he has been cooking and serving gator for years. Fulton, a professional chef for 17 years, is quick to note that alligator does not taste like chicken.
"It's more of a chicken texture, but I tell people it tastes like alligator," he said.