So this past weekend I tackled another first.  It was my first time tasting gator meat. I’ve always wanted to try it, but could never really justify buying it because #1 I didn’t know how to prepare it or how long to fry it. #2 I could never get anyone brave enough to try it with me #3 It’s hard to find, so opportunities to try it are rare…or so I thought.

Nashville Eats | My First Time Tasting Gator Meat | Naturally Stellar

While doing an internet search for places to find good fried dough in Nashville, I came across Yelp reviews of Caney Fork River Grille’s corn fritters.  People were raving about how good the fritters are, so I had to dig deeper. That search led me to the restaurants website where I was able to see their full menu and pics of the place.   I was shocked to find that they had wild game on the menu.  Not your average road kill or anything like that lol. But they serve big wild game like elk, deer, bison and gator.

Now I’m not one to shy away from eating wild game.   I grew up in a hunting family, so things like venison, rabbit and frogs legs don’t freak me out.  In fact they’re quite tasty.

My hubby’s not really too keen on meat he can’t easily find in the grocery store, so it took some convincing to get him to agree to try out Caney Fork.  Pretty much if they have Tilapia on the menu, he’s down, so I try to use that as my ammunition for foodie experiments.

The Menu

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The Eats

Nashville Eats | My First Time Tasting Gator Meat | Naturally Stellar

Cajun Fried Gator Tail – Appetizers – Caney Fork River Grille, Nashville, TN

 

Nashville Eats | My First Time Tasting Gator Meat | Naturally Stellar

Crab Cakes Appetizer – Caney Fork River Grille Nashville, TN

 

Nashville Eats | My First Time Tasting Gator Meat | Naturally Stellar

Pulled Pork Plate – Caney Fork River Grille Nashville, TN

 

Nashville Eats | My First Time Tasting Gator Meat | Naturally Stellar

Kids Chicken Tender Meal – Caney Fork River Grille Nashville, TN

Watch Me Taste Gator Meat For The First Time

The decor inside Caney Fork is very campsite, meets the wild, meets Cracker Barrel. You’ll see things like taxidermy, a catfish pond, an old delivery truck busting through a wall and a big fire pit.

Nashville Eats | My First Time Tasting Gator Meat | Naturally Stellar

Nashville Eats | My First Time Tasting Gator Meat | Naturally Stellar

Nashville Eats | My First Time Tasting Gator Meat | Naturally Stellar

Next time you’re in the Nashville area and are looking for an eccentric place with really good food, you have to stop by Caney Fork River Grille.  It’s close by other great attractions like Opry Mills Mall, Gaylord Opryland Resort and The Grand Ole Opry. 

Stay tuned for more of my foodie adventures and make sure you’re subscribed to get your updates by email. Until next time Stars.  One bite at a time!

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Lifestyle Blog, Naturally Stellar | Beauty Contributor for Hype Hair Magazine | Freelance Writer and Content Creator| Candice is a passionate Nashville-based writer with a love for beauty, urban lifestyle, songwriting, travel, food and business. When she's not busy being Wonder Woman to her family, out exploring or catching up on her British dramas, you can find her sharing something interesting on her blog. Which more than likely she probably wrote at Noon, while eating a bowl of Captain Crunch.

19 Responses

  1. Vashti@veepeejay.com

    Kudos to you for trying it. I’m not a fan of wild game at all. I’m usually the one asking “what is that” before I try anything. LOL. It does look great though.

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    • Candice S.

      My hubby does the same thing. If he can’t tell what it is…NOPE!! I’ll be honest, I don’t eat everybody’s potato salad or pot luck dish…cause germs, cat hair, breathing on the food LOL, but wild game, yeah. I won’t really eat small game though, mostly big game. I don’t eat anybody’s small game unless my dad or brother’s make it.

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  2. Holly

    I am sitting here trying to recall if I have tasted gator. This is a strong possibility lol. I want to get to Nashville soon.

    Reply
  3. Jonna

    I was supposed to go to Nashville earlier this year. I had no idea what I would find there but I was excited to explore the area.

    Reply
    • Candice S.

      Nashville is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s very diverse and so the cuisine here is phenomenal. I can tell you that it’s a food truck capital and bachelorette travel destination. That means great night life, hotels and fun.

      Reply
  4. Tia

    I have had alligator before but it was so long ago that I don’t remember how it tastes. It’s always nice to try new foods.

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    • Candice S.

      I love trying new foods. I can see now why I never had issues eating my dinner as a child. I basically ate everything lol.

      Reply
  5. Real Wife Coach

    I love unique places with just as unique decor and food. This would definitely be a place I would dine at. Thanks for sharing these great pictures.

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    • Candice S.

      Oh you’re welcome. Yeah I really do like unique places and never really been afraid to try new cuisine. Glad you liked the pics.

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    • Candice S.

      Lol Girl it was delicious! It took my hubby about half way through our meal before he would try some, but he did and loved it. I’m convinced that if he could eat it anyone could.

      Reply
  6. kemkem

    I had crocodile meat a few months ago in Copenhagen. It was actually quite good. I assumed it would chew like rubber, but nope..soft and tender..quite the contrary to the tough skin. Glad you tried something new. The food there looked really good, and l do like the decor.

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    • Candice S.

      Right, I was thinking the same thing. I thought it would be tough but it was so tender like seafood. Wow I bet Copenhagen was beautiful!

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