We all have that one weird food that we love even though some people might think it's gross. Maybe you like mayonnaise with your PB&J, or maybe you like everything doused in ranch dressing - no judgment. Rest assured, you're not alone. There are plenty of disgusting things you can eat - and some of them are even available as restaurant delicacies around the world. But you don't need to travel to France or China to get a taste of these recipes. Some of these extremely cultural cuisines are offered in restaurants all over the US.
There are some nasty things you can eat at restaurants that would make most people cringe. In some parts of the world, you can order just about any thing. And some of those horrifying meals are offered as disgusting restaurant foods in right in your backyard. Some of the grossest foods in the world are considered signature dishes in the restaurants - including some restaurants right here in the US of A. And hey, who knows, maybe after reading this you'll find something you never knew you wanted to try (or not.)
Many people eat eggs, but few people eat eggs that actually have a baby animal inside. That would be gross, right? Not to those who enjoy balut. This dish usually takes fertilized duck eggs and leaves them to incubate for 18 days until there's a well-developed fetus inside. Then the egg is cooked and served, and you just eat the whole thing, bones and all. The flavor is supposed to be a strong one, the texture is less than palatable, and the food is very rich. You can buy the eggs to prepare yourself in some Asian markets, but a few restaurants in New York and California still have it on the menu.
You might think this menu item that involves beer-battered shrimp, but that's not these kind of drunken shrimp. A plate of drunken shrimp is a Chinese dish that's pretty hard to find in the United States, but if you look hard enough, it's there. The dish is made by soaking live freshwater shrimp in booze until they're good and tipsy. This stuns them and makes it harder for them to move around. Then they're spiced and served. That's it. No cooking. You just grab a shrimp and eat it down raw, if you have the nerve for it.
Live Octopus Parts
When you cut up a live octopus, parts of it don't exactly die. In fact, they continue to squirm around, wiggle, and even try to grab things. This knowledge alone is pretty horrifying, so that makes the fact restaurants actually serve still-squirming octopus parts as a dish even more so. At some high-end sushi restaurants, as well as at Korean restaurants where it's called Sannakji, you can order a plate of tiny octopus tentacles completely raw and still moving. The parts will try to cling to your face and throat as you try to swallow, and you'll feel them wiggle all the way down. Er... yum?
Brain sandwiches are something of a delicacy in parts of Indiana. The sandwiches were traditionally made with cow brains, but locals have switched to pig brains to avoid mad cow disease. The brains are battered, deep fried, and served on a bun.
Food personality Alton Brown described the sandwich as "smooth and creamy on the inside... like a giant brain fritter with a bun on it." He ultimately concluded that it "wasn't very good."