By Robert Laurie
I’ve done a lot of travelling in my time. I’ve been to 47 states, somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 countries, and I’ve enjoyed the local cuisine everywhere I’ve been. I’m not a guy who’s afraid to try new things, and I’ve eaten a fair amount of food that some people would probably consider “odd.” That said, there are limits.
Meet the tarantula burger. It actually exists, is being served in North Carolina, and people are apparently eating it. Scratch that. Not only are they eating it, they’re competing for the chance to eat it. You see, if they finish one of these monstrosities, they get a t-shirt!
Bull City Burger and Brewery, a Durham-based restaurant, is offering the menu item as part of its sixth annual Exotic Meat Month promotion by serving burgers made from meats eaten around the globe each March and April, according to WRAL.
The burgers offered on the menu during the promotion include alligator, iguana, python, bison, turtle and bugs but this is only the second year that Bull City Burger has offered the tarantula challenge. Brave customers who clean their plates get a tarantula challenge T-shirt — and bragging rights.
According to the restaurant, the tarantula burger is $30 and is a 100 percent North Carolina pasture-raised beef burger with Gruyere cheese, oven-roasted tarantula and spicy chili sauce served on a fresh-house baked bun with a side of dirty fries.
A: This confirms my “T-shirt theory.” People will do anything for a free t-shirt.
B: I don’t want this t-shirt.
C: The burger is being offered as part of “exotic meat month.” Tarantulas are in short supply, so you have to win a raffle if you want one of these nightmares-on-a-bun.
Just…no. I’m adventurous, but no.
Feel free to take this as a warning, or an enticement. It’s up to you.