Grasshoppers Taste Good

Reserve a table for Xochitl's pre-Hispanic menu

After watching hours of Survivor, Fear Factor and Real World/Road Rules Challenge, a few grasshopper tacos aren't going to make you push back from the table in disgust. Rather, the menu is more of a nostalgic look on past -- and probably surprising -- delicacies.

From March 17-21, Society Hill Mexican restaurant Xochitl celebrates the birthday of Mexican president Benito Juarez. Juarez served five terms in the mid 1800s and was hailed as a progressive reformer dedicated to democracy and equal rights. Juarez' birthday (March 21) is a national holiday in Mexico and to honor his indigenous roots, Xochitl has put together a menu full of dishes from Mexico's past.

The three-course menu includes daring dishes like grasshopper tacos, breaded veal brains and frogs' legs with butter and garlic. For those with less adventurous palates, there are also zucchini blossoms with air-cured beef, tostadas with monkfish tinga, braised wild board and chicken with pine cones and pine nuts.

The meal costs $45 per person, or $65 with liquor pairings (which include mescal, tequila, rum and agave nectar for dessert).

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