For me food is more than a way to get nutrition and energy to move forward through the day, it’s an amazing art. For this reason I always play the adventurous eater role and try out new or odd restaurants whenever I can. All over the country I’ve tried the odd, weird, and sometimes gross dishes at the most interesting places to eat. Here are the top five weirdest restaurants I’ve eaten at that you should give a shot.
Yellow Treehouse Restaurant- Auckland New Zealand
When I was in New Zealand for vacation of course I wanted to try some of their top rated restaurants and cuisine. This restaurant is hung in a lit ball hanging from the top of a gigantic redwood tree. The multi-course menu was fantastic and I enjoyed shrimp, steak, and lamb along with 17 other diners at once. I really liked the small setting and the people and staff were very friendly. Unfortunately I caught this project during it’s open operation but it has since closed its doors to public operation, however, it is still open for private parties and meals. Overall, for the price it was a unique enjoyable experience that I will never forget.
Mars 2112: Times Square, NYC
If you’ve ever wanted to have lunch or dinner in space alongside your fellow alien you would have enjoyed dining at Mars 2112. Located in Times Square this restaurant was designed in a Mars space theme with a very futuristic feel and look. They served a variety of exotic foods that aren’t found in many other places. When I visited this restaurant I ate exotic shellfish, squid, and mussels that were all excellently prepared and delicious. Eating here was a fun experience and the prices were relatively cheap for the quality and amount of food we received. Unfortunately Mars 2112 was closed last year after being sold to a competing restaurant.
Opaque: Dining in The Dark- Los Angeles
When visiting friends in Los Angeles one of the things we did was eat at Opaque where the premise is that you are eating in the dark for a blind taste test. The idea is that by blinding people while eating your other senses become stronger. This was proven true as the food was some of the amazing I had ever eaten. I had the most delicious Kobe steak, vegetables, rice, and a mango panna cotta for dessert. This was an awesome experience unlike anything I’ve ever done before. The only thing that was bad was being led to the restroom by an employee in the total darkness.
The Cave: Richland, Missouri
On a past road trip we stopped to try out the dining at The Cave, the only restaurant in the United States that is actually located in a real cave. This amazing restaurant had waterfalls, fish ponds, and a beautiful view of the local Gasconde River. The prices were extremely low and a full steak dinner plus dessert only cost me $14. The restaurant can fit 225 patrons at once and was carved and rock blasted into existence over the course of four years. One thing I was impressed by was that it was swelteringly hot outside but still very cool inside The Cave.
Casa Bonita: Lakewood, Colorado
Open for almost forty years Casa Bonita is a famously known all you can eat style restaurant with entertainment and food for only $13. We had a chance to go to this restaurant while on a snowboarding vacation in Colorado. The restaurant seats more than 1,000 people at once and has performing high divers while you eat for a unique experience. The food is Mexican style and was the most delicious all you can eat food that I have ever had. The food was freshly rotated and each dish was made with the utmost care. The Casa Bonita also has claims to fame for being seen in Southpark as Cartman’s favorite restaurant.
If you ever get the opportunity I implore you to give any of these restaurants a try. Their delightfully odd location and themes will add a whole new level to your eating experience. Every one of these were amazing in their own rights. Be brave, try something new. Enjoy!
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