- This article is an itinerary.
Insects are a vital food source for most of the world. It is only until recently have they been introduced to the U.S. as an alternative protein source of virutally endless supply.
Here are some insect food facts:
- Entomophagy is the term for consuming insects as food.
- There are more than 1900 edible insect species on the planet.
- The environmental cost of farming insects is low, takes up a fraction of the land and is more efficient than farming traditional livestock.
- Insects are rich in protein, calcium, iron, zinc and a source of good fats.
- Insect farming is relatively low tech, offering new livelihood options for those in need.
This tour celebrates the restaurant "pioneers" in America attempting to show that this forward thinking food source can be seriously delicious.
TOP US Restaurants Serving Insects
Wax Moth Taco At Don Bugito
Water Beeles at Typhoon in Santa Monica
Fried Crickets with fried shoestring potatoes
Thai Style White Seaworms
- Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Lp S Santa Monica, CA 90405. Located at the Santa Monica airport, this Pan-Asian restaurant serves up delights such as "Singapore-Style Scorpions", "Taiwanese Crickets", and "Thai-Style White Sea Worms".
- Dan Sung Sa, 2775 Telegraph Ave(between Merrimac St & 28th St). Lurking on this Korean restaurants menu is a spicy chrysalis silkworm soup.
- Don Bugito, 2948 Folsom St (between 26th St & 25th St), San Francisco, CA 94110. Check the schedule on the site for where this food cart will show up next. The ever changing menu consists entirely of insects and features items such as Mixed fried insects, wax moth larvae tacos and toffee meal worms over vanilla ice-cream.
- 99 Chicken, 2781 El Camino Real,Santa Clara CA 95051 . Most noted for their delicious Korean style chicken dishes by the locals. On the menu is the Bundaegi Bok Um, a sizzling clay pot dish featuring fried spicy pupal (insect larva).
- Sticky Rice, 4018 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618. Serving authentic Northen style Thai food. The menu contains a few dishes featuring deep fried bamboo caterpillars.
- Bug-Appétit, 423 Canal St., Custom House New Orleans, LA 70130. Located in the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectariumm, Bug-Appétit aims to prove that insects are a valuable, sustainable and delicious protein source. Be sure to check the site before visiting for the listed schedule.
- Gringo, 398 N. Euclid� St. Louis, MO 63108. This is the place if you are looking for a refreshing cocktail and a grasshopper taco.
- toloache, New York City. Head chef Julian Medina brings his family inspired latin cuisine to New York City. On the menu are the popular Chapulines tacos that feature Oaxacan style dried grasshoppers.
- Sushi Mazi, 2126 SE Division Street Portland, Oregon 97292. Innovative sushi restaurant featuring real grasshopper sushi.
- Hugos , 1600 Westheimer Houston, TX 77006. Serving a wide variety of authentic Mexican cuisine including a main entree of sauteed chapulines(grasshoppers) served with guacamole, homemade tortillas and fresh chipotle tomatillo salsa.
- Hugos , 1000 E. Pike St Seattle, WA. Popular Mexican restaurant. Get a side of chile lime grasshoppers with your meal!
- La Carta de Oaxaca, 5431 Ballard Ave NW(between N 22nd Ave & Market St)Seattle, WA 98107. Oaxaca Mexican food serving side dishes of fried crickets.
- oyamel, 401 7th Street NW Washington, DC 20004. Located in the U.S. Capitol, oyamel offers an exciting menu and thier take on Oaxacan classic, sauteed chapulines (grasshoppers).
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