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Best Bar to Bug Out In 

Reyes Mezcaleria

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Reyes Mezcaleria

821 N. Orange Ave.

407-868-9007

reyesmex.com

Reyes Mezcaleria in the North Quarter has already become a fave destination for those searching for authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine, but the resto/bar is generating, ahem, buzz, for a polarizing Oaxacan delicacy it offers – chapulines. These small grasshoppers, fried and sprinkled with garlic, lime, salt and chilies, make for a bueno bar snack akin to pretzels, potato chips or nuts. They've got a nice crunch, an earthy bite, and they pair nicely with mezcal's smoky notes. Order a flight of the distilled potable and you'll get a complimentary bowl of the wee buggers; otherwise it'll cost you $4. If you're not convinced, the health and nutritional benefits of high-protein, sustainable chapulines likely won't convince you either, but if you're the least bit curious, this snack will, literally, give you wings. 

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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