13 Places in the U.S. to Try Bug-Based Delicacies

Insect eats aren't just for intrepid world travelers; some of the best (think Oaxacan grasshoppers, sashimi-grade water bugs and even delicate ant-powder desserts) can be found right here in the States.

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Andrew Zimmern holds a mystery snail
Andrew Zimmern holds a mystery snail

Andrew Zimmern holds a mystery snail

Andrew Zimmern holds out an invasive Chinese mystery snail collected from Totier Creek in Scottsville, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Jackson Landers

Andrew Zimmern and Jackson Landers

Andrew Zimmern and invasive species hunter Jackson Landers look for city pigeons in Charlottesville, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern wades in the water

Andrew Zimmern wades in the water

Andrew Zimmern and Jackson Landers return to shore with a bucket of Chinese mystery snails as cameras roll in Virginia's Totier Creek. 960 1280

  

Invasive Chinese mystery snails

Invasive Chinese mystery snails

Invasive Chinese mystery snails sautéed in butter and olive oil with chili flakes, salt, pepper and tarragon. 960 1280

  

Crispy Brood II cicadas

Crispy Brood II cicadas

Crispy Brood II cicadas battered in a buttermilk, rice flour and all-purpose flour combo, then fried into a tasty snack. 960 1280

  

Cleaning of a pigeon

Cleaning of a pigeon

Jackson Landers cleans a city pigeon caught in Charlottesville, VA. 960 1280

  

Cooked City pigeon

Cooked City pigeon

City pigeon browned in butter and olive oil with salt, pepper and tarragon, and then finished with a reduction of sauteed onions, celery leaf, tarragon, red wine and a touch of honey. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern stands next to Surryano hams

Andrew Zimmern stands next to Surryano hams

Andrew Zimmern stands next to Surryano hams in their last stage of aging at Edwards & Sons in Surry, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern walks onboard USS Arlington

Andrew Zimmern walks onboard USS Arlington

Andrew Zimmern walks with Lt. Erin Walsh and Commissaryman Second Class Donald Banks onboard the USS Arlington in Norfolk, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern aboard the USS Arlington

Andrew Zimmern aboard the USS Arlington

Andrew Zimmern gets ready to eat his Burger Wednesday meal in the mess hall of the USS Arlington. 960 1280

  

Prepared Szechuan pork sausage

Prepared Szechuan pork sausage

Szechuan pork sausage, stir-fried with hot pepper, Szechuan peppercorn, scallion and cilantro at Peter Chang China Café in Short Pump, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at Peter Chang China Cafe

Andrew Zimmern at Peter Chang China Cafe

Andrew Zimmern digs into pork belly on a hot-iron plate as minced rice hits the table at Peter Chang China Café in Short Pump, VA. 960 1280

  

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Andrew Zimmern holds a mystery snail

Andrew Zimmern holds a mystery snail

Andrew Zimmern holds out an invasive Chinese mystery snail collected from Totier Creek in Scottsville, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Jackson Landers

Andrew Zimmern and Jackson Landers

Andrew Zimmern and invasive species hunter Jackson Landers look for city pigeons in Charlottesville, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern wades in the water

Andrew Zimmern wades in the water

Andrew Zimmern and Jackson Landers return to shore with a bucket of Chinese mystery snails as cameras roll in Virginia's Totier Creek. 960 1280

  

Invasive Chinese mystery snails

Invasive Chinese mystery snails

Invasive Chinese mystery snails sautéed in butter and olive oil with chili flakes, salt, pepper and tarragon. 960 1280

  

Crispy Brood II cicadas

Crispy Brood II cicadas

Crispy Brood II cicadas battered in a buttermilk, rice flour and all-purpose flour combo, then fried into a tasty snack. 960 1280

  

Cleaning of a pigeon

Cleaning of a pigeon

Jackson Landers cleans a city pigeon caught in Charlottesville, VA. 960 1280

  

Cooked City pigeon

Cooked City pigeon

City pigeon browned in butter and olive oil with salt, pepper and tarragon, and then finished with a reduction of sauteed onions, celery leaf, tarragon, red wine and a touch of honey. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern stands next to Surryano hams

Andrew Zimmern stands next to Surryano hams

Andrew Zimmern stands next to Surryano hams in their last stage of aging at Edwards & Sons in Surry, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern walks onboard USS Arlington

Andrew Zimmern walks onboard USS Arlington

Andrew Zimmern walks with Lt. Erin Walsh and Commissaryman Second Class Donald Banks onboard the USS Arlington in Norfolk, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern aboard the USS Arlington

Andrew Zimmern aboard the USS Arlington

Andrew Zimmern gets ready to eat his Burger Wednesday meal in the mess hall of the USS Arlington. 960 1280

  

Prepared Szechuan pork sausage

Prepared Szechuan pork sausage

Szechuan pork sausage, stir-fried with hot pepper, Szechuan peppercorn, scallion and cilantro at Peter Chang China Café in Short Pump, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at Peter Chang China Cafe

Andrew Zimmern at Peter Chang China Cafe

Andrew Zimmern digs into pork belly on a hot-iron plate as minced rice hits the table at Peter Chang China Café in Short Pump, VA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at Motor City Soul Food

Andrew Zimmern at Motor City Soul Food

Andrew Zimmern and a production crew member for Bizarre Foods America, on the left, pose for a photo with patrons at Motor City Soul Food in Detroit. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Mayor Karen Majewski at Amar's Pizza

Andrew Zimmern and Mayor Karen Majewski at Amar's Pizza

Andrew tries various types of pizza at Amar’s Pizza with Mayor Karen Majewski in Hamtramck, MI. 960 1280

  

Pljeskavica Burger

Pljeskavica Burger

A pljeskavica burger -- filled with cream cheese -- at Palma, a Bosnian restaurant in Hamtramck, MI. 960 1280

  

Whole Pig on the Grill

Whole Pig on the Grill

Check out this whole pig on the grill at Kap's Wholesale Meats located in Detroit’s Eastern Market. 960 1280

  

Detroit Eastern Market

Detroit Eastern Market

The production company shoots a scene with Andrew Zimmern at Detroit's Eastern Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Chuck Bennett at Cafe D'Mongo Speakeasy

Andrew Zimmern and Chuck Bennett at Cafe D'Mongo Speakeasy

Andrew and Detroit News columnist Chuck Bennett pose for a picture at Café D'Mongo Speakeasy. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in a beekeeper's suit

Andrew Zimmern in a beekeeper's suit

Outreach Coordinator Shane Bernardo helps Andrew get suited up to harvest honey at Earthworks Urban Farm. 960 1280

  

Twice-cooked Muskrat

Twice-cooked Muskrat

Andrew eats twice-cooked muskrat for lunch on the shore of the Detroit River. 960 1280

  

Fresh Perch

Fresh Perch

Andrew samples this fresh perch during a shore lunch near the Detroit River. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern relaxes in a Jacuzzi

Andrew Zimmern relaxes in a Jacuzzi

Andrew and Johnny Kolakowski relax in the Jacuzzi after their muskrat lunch. 960 1280

  

Andrew holding a pig's tail

Andrew holding a pig's tail

Andrew holds up a pig's tail at The Mower Gang's cook-out in Detroit. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern helps the Detroit Mower Gang mow the lawn at a city park

Andrew Zimmern helps the Detroit Mower Gang mow the lawn at a city park

Andrew pitches in to help mow an overgrown park with the Detroit Mower Gang. 960 1280

  

Turkey Roll

Turkey Roll

Look at this delicious turkey roll. It's turkey rolled around brisket, Coney dogs, bacon, rib meat and basil. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eat an Iftar meal with the Karaali family

Andrew Zimmern eat an Iftar meal with the Karaali family

Andrew enjoys dessert with the Karaali and Haidous family after the Iftar meal during Ramadan. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern goes duck hunting in Houston.

Andrew Zimmern goes duck hunting in Houston.

Andrew and Bryan Caswell, chef and owner of the Reef restaurant in Houston, search the morning skies of Galveston Bay for duck. It's what's for lunch. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tailgates in Houston.

Andrew Zimmern tailgates in Houston.

Andrew tailgates Texas style at Reliant Stadium before a Houston Texans game. Meet his new friend -- a slow-roasted steer head. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern searches for shellfish in Hawaii.

Andrew Zimmern searches for shellfish in Hawaii.

Off the coast of Miloli’i Beach in Hawaii, Andrew and local Kyle Napeahi scour the rocks for tiny shellfish called opihi and get a taste of fresh helmet urchins. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern examines taro in Hawaii.

Andrew Zimmern examines taro in Hawaii.

Daniel Anthony pounds taro for a living. He and Andrew examine the starchy root before it is transformed into Hawaii’s traditional dish, poi. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats Vietnamese food in St. Louis.

Andrew Zimmern eats Vietnamese food in St. Louis.

Vietnamese cuisine is a great gateway for adventurous eating, and Andrew sampled some of the best in St. Louis at Farmhaus. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern sampled Bosnian cuisine in St. Louis.

Andrew Zimmern sampled Bosnian cuisine in St. Louis.

Grbic Restaurant in St. Louis’ Little Bosnia serves house-made cevapi, minced-beef sausages that are a staple of Bosnian cuisine. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern enjoyed grill mackerel in Providence, RI.

Andrew Zimmern enjoyed grill mackerel in Providence, RI.

While in Providence, RI, Andrew samples chef Matt Jennings’ grilled mackerel covered in a blanket of miso garlic confit sauce with fresh greens. Jennings is the owner of Farmstead. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern goes fishing in Rhode Island.

Andrew Zimmern goes fishing in Rhode Island.

Andrew goes fishing for quahogs in Potter Pond, an estuary in Matunuck, RI. The hard clams are on the menu at Matunuck Oyster Bar, owned by chef Perry Raso. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tastes man-made meat in Providence, RI.

Andrew Zimmern tastes man-made meat in Providence, RI.

Is it monkfish or meat? The Johnson & Wales culinary program in Providence, RI, has transformed monkfish, once known as a trash fish, into something totally new through hi-tech cooking techniques. Monkfish and strips of ham are bound together with a chemical binding agent to create a new meat that doesn't exist in nature. Andrew tasted it, of course. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern stops for crawfish in Louisiana.

Andrew Zimmern stops for crawfish in Louisiana.

Steamed crawfish at Louisiana roadside seafood shack, Casanova's Seafood, in St. Bernard, LA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tries chef John Besh's gumbo in New Orleans.

Andrew Zimmern tries chef John Besh's gumbo in New Orleans.

Chef John Besh cooks up a mean gumbo for Andrew at one of his many restaurants, La Provence in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern gets a taste of the the typical BBQ plate in Birmingham, AL.

Andrew Zimmern gets a taste of the the typical BBQ plate in Birmingham, AL.

The quintessential Alabama plate of BBQ at Miss Myra’s in Vestavia Hills, AL: Hickory-smoked chicken, coleslaw, potato salad and banana pudding for dessert. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern inspects pig innerds in Birmingham, AL.

Andrew Zimmern inspects pig innerds in Birmingham, AL.

At a pig processing plant outside Birmingham, AL, Andrew watches plant worker Brian Sapp remove the liver from the "pluck" of internal pig organs. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern caught shellfish in St. Croix.

Andrew Zimmern caught shellfish in St. Croix.

Spotted trunkfish, also known as shellfish in St. Croix, caught by Andrew and Captain Thomas Daley. Andrew says the taste is unbelievable! 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tries his hand at spear fishing in St. Croix.

Andrew Zimmern tries his hand at spear fishing in St. Croix.

Spear fishing is very popular on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, so Andrew grabs a spear to try his hand at the sport … and catch lunch! 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tries suckling pig in Queens, NY.

Andrew Zimmern tries suckling pig in Queens, NY.

Fresh suckling pig at Muncan Meat Corp. in Queens, NY, waits to be carved up and served fresh to customers. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Jason Wang pull noodles in Queens, NY.

Andrew Zimmern and Jason Wang pull noodles in Queens, NY.

Andrew and Jason Wang pull traditional-style longevity noodles at Wang’s X'ian Famous Foods in Queens, NY. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern rides with cowboys in Los Angeles.

Andrew Zimmern rides with cowboys in Los Angeles.

Did you know there were cowboys in Compton? Andrew rides with an LA ranching family at Richland Farms before sitting down to a Mexican farm feast. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern takes a bite of the Whipper Burger in Los Angeles.

Andrew Zimmern takes a bite of the Whipper Burger in Los Angeles.

Too big for this picture (or your mouth): The Whipper Burger at Hawkins House of Burgers in LA is loaded with pastrami, cheese and a butterflied hot link. 960 1280

  

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