Colorado - Morrison: The Fort - Rocky Mountain Oysters
Rocky Mountain Oysters are small bites of bison testicles battered and fried to a golden brown and served with a tangy "cocktail" sauce.
Rocky Mountain oysters, also known as prairie oysters, are a North American name for edible delicacy made of peeled buffalo or bull testicles, coated in flour, pepper and salt, sometimes pounded flat, then deep-fried. In Oklahoma and North Texas, they are sometimes called calf fries but only if taken from very young bulls. In Spain and many parts of Mexico they are referred to as "criadillas" and are colloquially referred to as huevos del toro (literally, "bull’s eggs" but huevos is also a Spanish slang term for testicles) in Central and South America. A few other descriptive terms, such as "cowboy caviar," "Montana tendergroins," or "swinging beef," may be used.
The Fort, located at 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, was opened in 1963 by Samuel and Elizabeth Arnold. The Arnolds hired William Lumpkins, the top architect in adobe construction from Santa Fe, to turn the red rock property they bought in 1961 into an adobe castle inspired by Bent's Fort. The restaurant has remained in the family, serving Early West specialties ever since.
Bent's Old Fort, located in Otero County, Colorado, was built in 1833 by William and Charles Bent to trade with Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Plains Indians and trappers for buffalo robes. For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major permanent settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. It was destroyed under mysterious circumstances in 1849.
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