Bride & Groom MOM Subscribe

Find Local

Best Bites Blog > Food & Restaurant News

Eat Bugs at a Pop-Up “Pestaurant” Next Week

Grasshopper burgers, barbecue mealworms, and more.

Farewell, Jiminy. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Besides grasshopper tacos at Oyamel, Washington chefs don’t usually delve into the insect world for inspiration. That’ll change next week during a pop-up “pestaurant” at the Occidental. On the menu: grasshopper burgers, chocolate-covered ants, barbecue mealworms, and more. 

The meal (or daring snack?) is the creation of Ehrlich Pest Control, which hopes to raise awareness of pests and their nutritional value. According to the company, your multi- or no-legged friends can be low-fat sources of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. 

Though chomping down on insects may be less appetizing than, say, taking a vitamin, Ehrlich will give DC Central Kitchen $5 for every person who eats one bug, or $20 for each person who competes in a cricket-eating contest. There’s no word on how Jiminy and his brethren will be prepared, but hopefully it’ll be in the dead style. 

If culinary pest control is your thing, stop by the Occidental’s patio on Wednesday, June 4, between 11:30 and 3.  

Read Next

The Best Thing I Ate: Breakfast Pastries, Red-Wine Sangria

blog comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular on Washingtonian

Say Hello to Claudia's Steakhouse, Where Martinis Go for $125 and Grocery Store Wines are Poured at a Premium

Zane, the Queen of Erotica, Has a Secret.

The Best Cheap Restaurants in Washington, DC

Where to Watch Fireworks in DC for the Fourth of July

Things to Do in DC This Weekend June 25-28: Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and "Waterweavers"

20 Great Walks Around Washington, DC

Inside Roberta Flack’s Former Home in Hollin Hills

Cuteness Overload: What You Can Expect to See at DC's First Cat Café

Your Ultimate Guide to Eating Cheap in Washington, DC