Arizona Taqueria Puts Lion on the Menu

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Someone just told this fella about "Exotic Taco Wednesday."
Regular readers know that Gut Check loves few things more than a taco. So great is our love that we've developed a sort of sixth sense for when something is...amiss...in the world of tacos. Thus, when we awoke this morning feeling unsettled, we knew it wasn't simply because we would be snowed in today with only a single bottle of wine in the house. When we found this story, via Gawker, the cause of our discomfort became clear.


The restaurant is called Boca Tacos y Tequila, and the lion tacos are part of a weekly promotion called "Exotic Taco Wednesday." Previous "exotic" tacos have featured kangaroo and python, but serving Simba clearly takes it to another level. The tacos will cost $8.75 and must be preordered because, you know, ordering more lion meat than you can sell is gauche.

Which, of course, compels me to ask: Who among you, dear readers, has tried lion meat?

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Vow..Lion meat...its very surprising and interesting. I just wanna give a trial. Thanks for sharing!

Schm3cky
Schm3cky

Is this Lion?It said it wasn't but I think it was Lion.

First_prelude
First_prelude

Meat from carnivores animals doesn't taste as good and provides less energy. Besides the obvious, it's one of the reasons we don't raise and kill carnivorous animals for food. I'd assume it'd be very gamy

SunRa
SunRa

i've a friend who is allergic to quite literally everything that is processed and much more than chemically sensitive.. at one time in her life she had to eat imported lion meat because the regular american fare was giving her such bad allergic reactions

Monadnock
Monadnock

Savages! What's next? HUman Meat??????

Liz Oreilly
Liz Oreilly

that might be no bad thing, there are far too many of us, not enough of them and we exlpoit them enough already

Radiosiren
Radiosiren

The primary source of domestic lion in the US are lions that were bred for the circus and showed potentially dangerous behavioral traits. The meat appears surprisingly fatty and supposedly tastes similar to veal. Single lion steaks can sell for ~$50 in the Northeast US. I've never tried but recently had a conversation with a local butcher who started selling it. Eating a feline seems weird.

William Dicks
William Dicks

I have eaten lion before. Not a great tasting meat. When I ate it, the first thing that came to mind was, "So, this is what 'wild' tastes like!"

JRC
JRC

That's what I hear about people who eat bear for the first time. It's very tough and gamey, and most people don't enjoy it very much.

As for a game meat I would tell you to try, eat some ostrich. It's delicious, and ostriches are such assholes, that no one would feel bad about eating one!

Andrew
Andrew

Kangaroo meat is sold almost everywhere in Australia because they breed like rats.

If they serve lions how long will it be before you are eating dog.

JRC
JRC

Dog is a very common dish to eat in South Korea, and presumably, North Korea and China. Many other cultures also eat horse, and have no problem with it, because animals are animals to them, not friends, like they are in the United States.

J-Man
J-Man

I'm not sure that's a bad thing. It's just a mental taboo that many countries have developed. Given the state of poverty and malnourishment in the world, another viable food source should be welcomed with open arms.

Stupidshit4me
Stupidshit4me

I can understand an impoverished community partaking of Lion meat. But this isn't that... This is selling it for $8.75/taco. I personally wouldn't partake.

Chancerussel
Chancerussel

How do you legally obtain lion meat?

Phill_oakley
Phill_oakley

It's not a quality cut of meat, just scraps left over from poachers.

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