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Bugs - Where to Go To Eat them.

swimdaddy1 Mar 9, 2011 04:04 PM

Bizarre Foods had an episode about SF that included restaurants where bugs are served. Do you know of any restaurants of that type that are well known for serving critters?. Its my sons birthday and I offered and he accepted.

Please pass the centipede feet......................


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    hyperbowler Jun 29, 2011 11:28 PM

    As of two years ago, the Bone Room on Solano in Berkeley sold chocolate covered grasshoppers and ants. Not sure if they still do. Oh, if you haven't eaten them before, take it easy--- allergic reactions to insects are not uncommon, and I had a reaction after eating only a small amount.

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      Spatlese Jun 29, 2011 09:24 PM

      There was a Chowdown at Kang Tong Degi in Oakland some years back - I wasn't in attendance, but I still vividly remember reading the thread recounting it, solely because of the "spicy chrysalis soup" that was part of the menu. Drive by the place virtually every day, but still can't bring myself to stop in and try it (if they still serve it).


      Kang Tong Degi
      3702 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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        Pius Avocado III Jun 29, 2011 06:37 PM

        Cheddar mealworms and maggot melts at the Alameda Fair; chocolate-dipped roaches to follow at the State Fair:


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          bdl Mar 10, 2011 03:52 PM

          At the All Seasons restaurant in Diamond Heights they have a stir fried silk worm dish. Wasn't sure at first if that's what they meant but there was even a picture of them on the menu and they looked very "buggy".

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          1. re: bdl
            wolfe Mar 10, 2011 04:04 PM

            #3810 on page 8 under chef's specialties.

          2. Robert Lauriston Mar 9, 2011 05:09 PM

            The bug portion of that show wasn't in a restaurant, it was at the home of Phil Ross, an expert in edible bugs.

            Most French restaurants have snails (escargot), occasionally you see them at Chinese restaurants.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              wolfe Mar 9, 2011 06:45 PM

              Snails! What's snails got to do with it?
              Snail is a common name for almost all members of the molluscan class Gastropoda.
              Bug is an insect of the order Hemiptera.

            2. scarmoza Mar 9, 2011 04:51 PM

              There was a vendor at the last Forage SF Underground market selling popcorn-meal worms but I didn't get her contact info. I didn't try them either : / The next market is March 26 and will be held at SF Public Works (also in the Mission).


              1. wolfe Mar 9, 2011 04:18 PM

                Chapulines a Oaxacan treat.
                La Oaxaqueña Bakery and Restaurant
                "plus little bags of toasted grasshoppers, or chapulines; balls of white cheese from Oaxaca"
                :2128 Mission St. (between 17th and 18th streets), San Francisco
                (415) 621-5446

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                  swimdaddy1 Mar 9, 2011 04:26 PM

                  interesting..............., thanks.

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                    scarmoza Mar 9, 2011 05:13 PM

                    I'm curious about the "balls of white cheese from Oaxaca" part. The chupulines aren't served with the quesillo, are they?

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                      Robert Lauriston Mar 9, 2011 05:35 PM

                      That's the next few words from the uncited Unterman review: http://www.webgourmand.com/wg/restaur...

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                      PolarBear Mar 9, 2011 05:31 PM

                      Wolfe, we have a Oaxacan restaurant in town that one can order chapulines (not on the menu) and I was psyched to try them until I read about the potential for lead contamination, iirc, especially if they came from south of the border. Would you be able to shed any light on this aspect? TIA



                      1. re: PolarBear
                        wolfe Mar 9, 2011 06:39 PM

                        Apparently not all have excess lead but the young man should probably not eat more than one.
                        Any one seen escamoles in San Francisco?

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                          PolarBear Mar 10, 2011 06:19 AM

                          Thanks, Wolfe, in that case I'd better limit myself to a couple dozen.

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