7 Great Bizarre Bites

Spooked by brains, blood and creepy crawlies on your dinner plate? American
palates are arguably getting more accustomed to the innards and
exotic fare that people the world over have long enjoyed. And DC has plenty of eateries to help expand your limits, from tripe at Ethiopian joints to tendon in your bowl of Vietnamese pho to tongue on the menu at elegant restaurants like CityZen. 

Here's a round-up of some great bizarre bites in the DC area. And remember, don't knock it till you've tried it.

By Mary Kong
Metrocurean contributor, Girl Meets Food

1. Anticuchos (beef hearts) from La Limena in Rockville

2. Black pudding (blood sausage) at Againn

3. Octopus Santorini from Zaytinya

Zaytinya's octopus Santorini.
Photo by Darko Zagar

4. Chapulines (grasshopper) tacos from Oyamel (pictured at top)

5. Cervelle de veau (calf's brain) from La Chaumiere

6. Bean curd with thousand-year-old egg from A&J Restaurant in Annandale and Rockville

7. Crispy pig ears at Bar Pilar

Kong grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's
restaurants were her playground. When she's not eating brains and rotten
eggs, she can be found writing Girl Meets Food, a blog about
adventurous eating, with restaurant reviews, food events and news.