At Bama Bucks, the Menu Is a Little on the Wild Side

| September 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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By Jennifer Kornegay
Alabama Living

“Alli-GADOR! Yum!” My 4-year-old niece shoves yet another golden-brown nugget of surprisingly tender fried gator in her mouth, still professing her love for the appetizer that she has almost single-handedly finished. “Catherine Barrett, close your mouth,” my mom says.

“But I vuuuuuv this!” she protests.

“We know, but tell us once you swallow,” my mom pleads again. On a Friday evening before the COVID-19 pandemic, my family and I are having dinner at Bama Bucks in Boaz, in Alabama’s northeast corner. It’s just about 6 p.m., and despite the restaurant’s somewhat out-of-the way location plus the dark clouds and high winds of the severe weather threat headed our way, the dining room is almost packed. “Sometimes, the wait for a table on a Saturday night hits three hours,” says owner Terry Turk, with whom I’m chatting while we eat.

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