Some local restaurants have special welcome plans for Florida Gator and Texas Aggie fans coming in town for Saturday afternoon's big game.
“We're playing the Florida gators. We want to beat the Florida Gators, so we're going to start off by eating them,” said Brett Solomon, manager at La Bodega Taco Bar.
La Bodega on Church Ave. will be serving gator tacos on game day.
The Ghengis Grill on University Ave. had a similar idea.
“It’s the first home game, the first real game for the SEC, so we're excited to do it. Alligator isn't cheap,” said Josh Hicok, general manager at The Ghengis Grill.
So many Aggies are planning to cook up gator this weekend that meat markets in Houston, Beaumont and Austin are running low on the exotic meat.
However, not all Aggies are gator haters. Some restaurant owners are welcoming all members of the Southeastern Conference with open arms.
“Anybody that comes in wearing a Gator jersey or Gator colors, we're going to offer ten percent off your dining experience. Just to say, “hi, welcome...even though our teams are going to meet on the grid iron, we're excited to have you in our town,”” said Mary Beckman, owner of the Shipwreck Grill in Bryan.
Whether Gators will be served at their tables or served on their plates, these restaurant managers say they're ready for the first SEC Saturday.