Tarantula Burger Featured During ‘Exotic Meat Month’ At North Carolina Restaurant

Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, is serving its famous tarantula burgers for the fourth year in a row — but only a select few get to try the eight-legged delicacy.

Adventurous burger fans can enter a raffle for an opportunity to take on the "Tarantula Challenge." For $30, you get the burger, the spider, and a side of "dirty fries." Your reward for eating the whole thing? A t-shirt and "social media fame and glory."

According to Bull City Burger’s website, you have 48 hours to respond to your name being picked. "Should you be unable to call within the two-day period to claim your tarantula, it will be returned to the spider burrow and raffled off to another lucky winner."

Six people have taken on the challenge so far. Several more are scheduled through the end of April.

"There's no age limit, so it's really for an adventurous kid that likes to try new things — like kids that are eating spiders or ants already," Megan Cindrich, the restaurant’s "media maven," told Fox News.

Exotic cuisine is nothing new to Seth Gross, owner of Bull City Burger and Brewery. Previous offerings have included elk, crickets, and chocolate-covered bugs.

Commenting on Seth’s culinary tastes, Cindrich said, "He was just looking at what kind of food trends are out there and how people in other parts of the world eat — how they get their protein. He thought, 'Why not have the tarantula?'"

How do you eat a tarantula burger? "One person took the tarantula off the burger, dipped it in ketchup and just popped it in there," Cindrich said.

According to Cindrich, the oven-roasted (and certified edible) tarantula tastes like crab, salty and bitter. It sits on top of a beef burger, gruyere cheese, and spicy chili sauce.

And yes, it’s "free-range."


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