This restaurant is serving up a $30 tarantula burger

During the month of April an envelope-pushing microbrewery is spicing up its menu with a selection of unusual meats, including alligator, bison, camel, python, turtle, ostrich, and goat, to name a few.

But one animal in particular has raised a few eyebrows, as the Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, N.C., celebrates Exotic Meat Month with its “Tarantula Challenge.”

The $30 tarantula burger includes a pasture-raised North Carolina beef burger with Gruyère cheese, topped with an oven-roasted tarantula and spicy chili sauce.

It’s not a mistake! The Tarantula Burger is so popular, diners need to enter a ballot to get the chance to taste it. (Photo: Bull City Burger and Brewery via Twitter)

The burger joint said its chefs do not actually cook the spider onsite, in the restaurant, but they are killed before cooking.

It’s no surprise not everyone is keen to try the burger.

“Ew super gross,” tweeted one person.

“Oh, hell no,” added another.

But the unusual menu offering is much in demand — it’s so popular that diners aren’t allowed to try the creepy-crawly burger just because they want to. The only way to taste the arachnid affair is to enter the “Tarantula Raffle.”

“You will be given a raffle ticket to keep and we will record your name and phone number on our raffle list,” the restaurant specified on its website.

A locally raised rabbit meatball sub with coffee gravy, mixed greens, and pickled red onion was also part of Exotic Meat Month. (Photo: Bull City Burger and Brewery via Twitter)

If the selected diner is able to eat the entire burger, they will receive a free Tarantula Challenge T-shirt. A bunch of customers have stepped up to the plate and succeeded.

“We’ve had four people conquer the Tarantula Challenge this year, so far,” Bull City Burger and Brewery tweeted. “More to come! If tarantula isn’t your thing… we’ve got camel too.”


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