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.)
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."
If you've seen Rocky Mountain oysters on a menu before, you've been to a restaurant that serves bull testicles. These delicacies are usually deep fried or baked, but either way, you're eating bull balls. They're on the menu in many Southern and Midwestern cities, and some people actually really enjoy them. Bull testicles aren't the only type of balls people enjoy eating in the United States. Goats, lambs, roosters, and even ducks have their gonads served up in various dishes.
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.
Pig's Blood Ice Cream
When you think of ingredients for an ice cream sundae, what generally comes to mind? Cream, sugar, maybe chocolate or some other tasty flavor. What doesn't come to mind is pigs blood, but that's exactly what you can get at one small Washington DC restaurant. The Pig is a restaurant that uses all parts of the pig including the blood, and it's actually pretty well-known for this dish. Most people say the ice cream is pretty tasty. The owners say the blood is only really used as a thickener, and you don't really taste any blood in it. If you're in the area, and you're bold, you'll just have to taste it and see if the critics are right.