D.C. food pop-up serves up free insects

Insects are common culinary staples on the plates of many cultures, but for one day, D.C.-area residents can get a taste of gourmet grasshoppers and more at Pestaurant. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
Pestaurant pops up in the District

Rachel Nania | November 15, 2014 6:29 am

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WASHINGTON — It’s time to bite back at those who bite you. D.C.’s unique dining scene is expanding beyond dreamy doughnuts and cheesy chili fries.

A one-day pop-up restaurant will deliver lunch with a crunch — from roasted crickets, no less.

Pestaurant, an event started last year in London to expose diners to edible insects, is coming to D.C. June 4. The 3 1/2-hour lunch will take place at Occidental Grill on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch is free, and the menu features everything from grasshopper burgers to Mexican spice mealworms, buffalo worms, roasted locusts and, yes, roasted crickets.

Those with a sweet tooth can sample scorpion lollipops, chocolate ant rounds and cricket lollipops, among other dessert options.

“It’s a mad idea, of course, eating bugs

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