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Gatorland – Eating in Gatorland

 

Your choice of restaurants at Gatorland is easy; there’s really only one. Pearl’s Patio Smokehouse is a wood-sided, tin-roofed, Florida-style fast-food stand, with paper plates and outdoor seating. A few steps away is a covered seating area, closer to the Alligator Breeding Marsh. Here you can sit at a small counter facing a pen holding a pair of emus, who will cruise by looking for a handout.

The featured attraction at Pearl's is alligator served as breaded, deep-fried "nuggets" for about $8 a serving. It would really be a shame to come to Gatorland and not try this local delicacy. My observation, however, is that many people are not yet ready to take the plunge. If you are one of them, you needn't worry about going hungry. Good old reliable hot dogs, hamburgers, fried shrimp, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, and French fries are all available at modest prices. Beer is $4.

Tip: Pearl's is right next door to the Gator Wrestlin' arena. Consider taking your lunch over there and eating while you grab a good seat and wait for the show to begin.

Other than Pearl's your only choice is the Snack Bar, near the Gator Jumparoo attraction. The menu is a pared-down version of Pearl's, plus pizza but minus the gator.

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