Cheap Eats

Maggot Burgers, Raccoon on a Stick Are Big Hits at State Fairs

Remember when fried Oreos and pork parfait were the most outrageous food items at the fair?

In an effort to outdo fried butter, fried bubblegum, and Krispy Kreme burgers, Jungle George's Exotic Meats and Bugs is offering alternative protein items at the California State and Colorado State fairs.

Diners waited in long lines to chomp down on raccoon on a stick, bear, and python tenders in

an attempt to outeat one another. The most popular offering, however, is

usually what you see before running away from a fair food stand --


Jungle George's Exotic Meats and Bugs

offers the crawlers as a topping to buffalo burgers or in a melted cheese

sandwich.  Seems as though people like them, and to be honest, they've

got to be better for you than the fried bubblegum that's been getting so much press.


you want to try some exotic meats yourself, Jungle George has a mail-order business where you can purchase some rattlesnake ($100), yak

burgers ($11), or llama patties ($12.95). 

Bugs are available too. For

four bucks, try some larva in Mexican spice, cheddar cheese, or BBQ

flavor or some sour-cream-and-onion crickets ($4.50).

Oh, and in

case bugs aren't your thing? Jungle George sells deep-fried butter and

jelly beans too. Here's hoping Jungle George makes his way to South

Florida this winter.

Here's some guy eating a buffalo maggot burger. Yum!

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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