What may seem delicious to you, might not be for others. But that doesn’t stop adventurous foodies from trying out exotic foods around the world. From chicken feet to tuna eyeballs, there are many unusual food items that may make you lose your appetite. Now, making headlines is a US eatery with tarantula burgers. Yes, you read it right, the classic American dish is now being topped with a giant fried spider. A North Carolina burger joint called the Bull City Burger and Brewery is serving the special burgers for their Exotic Meat Month campaign.
Not just tarantulas, the restaurant has been serving exotic meats like iguana, alligator, rabbit, python, turtle and various insects for the past six years. This time, it was turn for arachnophobes to overcome their fear by literally taking a bite of it.
Anthony J. enjoyed his 3rd tarantula burger with us this weekend. He’s also been enjoying EMM with us every year it’s been going on & at 17, has enjoyed every exotic meat we’ve ever offered.
Hey, Jamal L. ticket #907724… now it’s your turn. Give us a call and claim your 🕷️. pic.twitter.com/VHsRh5vCNz
— Bull City Burger (@BullCityBurger) April 17, 2018
Yes, but not everyone would be lucky to try it. One has to take part in a lottery to get a taste of a hairy, chargrilled tarantula sitting on top of a beef patty — all for the price of $30. And if one manages to finish the tasty burger, then as accolade, get a limited-edition Tarantula Challenge T-shirt and of course, some social media fame! The contest began earlier in April and has created a huge buzz since then.
— Kathy Hanrahan (@WRALeighWood) April 12, 2018
The restaurant purchased only 15 “farmed, organically raised creatures” so diners can taste arachnids only after winning the lucky draw. The person has to claim the prize within 48 hours or will miss the rare opportunity.
Martha did it yesterday, Randall did it today, and now it’s David D’s turn to give it a shot!
David D. ticket # 907656 give us a call and claim your tarantula burger. 🕷️ pic.twitter.com/rZh5cvTHKB
— Bull City Burger (@BullCityBurger) April 6, 2018
For those wondering how it tastes, the restaurant answered a user on Twitter saying it feels very close to crab or “other shellfish, sometimes with a bit of a metallic-y taste”.
People say it tastes most like crab, or other shellfish, sometimes with a bit of a metallic-y taste. BUT, the legs, the body…each bite tastes a bit different. Best way to answer that question? Try one for yourself!
— Bull City Burger (@BullCityBurger) April 9, 2018
However, this is not as rare as you would like to believe. In many South Asian countries like Cambodia and Thailand, people do enjoy fried spiders and tarantulas.