The Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, is challenging their customers to eat their latest hamburger that has a huge tarantula on top. “C’mon kids, get in the car we’re going to get tarantula burgers and ice cream!” The special burger is to celebrate the restaurant’s “Exotic Meat Month.” “Exotic” is one adjective you could use, “nauseating” and “stomach-churning” are also words that could be used to describe the one-of-a-kind hamburger.
In the past the restaurant has served their guests elk, crickets, and chocolate-covered bugs. Three years ago, the Bull City Burger and Brewery started serving the tarantula burger. For those with an adventurous palate and a steel-coated stomach you can enter a raffle to “win” the “opportunity” to eat the tarantula burger. The “lucky” eater selected gets not only the tarantula burger but a side of dirty fries for $30.
If the burger joint picks your name, you have 48 hours to come in and scarf down your eight-legged burger according to the restaurant’s official rules. Anyone who completes the “tarantula challenge” gets a free T-shirt. “Excuse me, waitress, there’s a spider on my burger. Yeah, that’s what we do here.”
The tarantula burger is made of beef, topped with gruyere cheese, spicy chili sauce, and of course an oven-roasted tarantula. “Give me a double bacon cheeseburger, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mayo, oh and hold the tarantula please.” Megan Cindrich, a spokesperson for Bull City Burger and Brewery, said the tarantula tastes like crab, a little salty but bitter. That’s all fine and good, but the big question is are these organic, free-range, antibiotic-free tarantulas?
In other burger news, White Castle is now selling plant-based vegan burgers that “bleed” and Chili’s just unveiled a monster five-meat burger that has 1,650 calories.