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Do you dare? Bull City offers 'tarantula burger' for Exotic Meat Month

Posted April 12, 2018 11:21 a.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2018 2:16 p.m. EDT

— This is not a joke. Bull City Burger and Brewery is offering guests burgers topped with a hairy, giant tarantula.

The promotion is part of their sixth annual Exotic Meat Month, which celebrates the restaurant and brewery's anniversary by serving burgers made from meats eaten around the globe each March and April.

The burgers offered on the menu during the promotion include alligator, iguana, python, bison, turtle, bugs, among others, 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. The burger can be cooked to the customer's preference, and Bull City Burger describes the tarantula as "lightly salted and oven-baked."

Since a limited 18 zebra tarantulas are available for customers to try, interested guests are required to come to the restaurant to sign up for the "Tarantula Raffle." A ticket a day is drawn until tarantulas run out, and winners get the chance to come in and enjoy the burger. You can stay up-to-date on the tarantula challenge by following Bull City Burger on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Out & About Editor Kathy Hanrahan agreed to participate in the challenge. She documented her experience via Facebook Live and has shared it with us here. She describes the flavor as "bitter" and smokey. Although it was quite crunchy, she was able to eat the entire tarantula using ketchup.