TUCSON A Tucson taco restaurant already has served up python, alligator, elk, kangaroo, rattlesnake and turtle.
What's next? Lion meat.
Boca Tacos y Tequila says it's accepting prepaid orders for African lion tacos, to be served starting Feb. 16. Orders must be placed by Feb. 7 and owner Bryan Mazon says there are already a few reservations from curious customers.
Mazon says his restaurant started offering exotic tacos on its menu every Wednesday about six months ago and has tried "just about anything we can get our hands on."
According to the Food and Drug Administration, lion and other game meat can be sold as long as the species isn't endangered.
The Arizona Daily Star says most of Boca's exotic tacos range between $3 and $4. The lion tacos will cost $8.75 apiece.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com
lions and tigers and bears,,..oh my.... sorry couldn't resist..
I don't know what to say about this!
All I can think of is "Why"?
Lions are not an endangered species? Are these domestically raised lions, like a lion farm, such as buffalo are? Just wondered.
Posted on Thursday, January 20th, 2011
By Frank Lake
ARIZONA - Mexican restaurants are now serving up lion tacos to their customers – and it’s causing an uproar!
Mexican restaurants started Exotic Taco Wednesdays all across Arizona. They served up python, alligator, elk, kangaroo, rattlesnake and reindeer.
Frog legs, turtle, duck and Rocky Mountain oysters have also made appearances.
“We’ve done just about anything we can get our hands on,” said owner of Boca Tacos y Tequila, Bryan Mazon. “Every Wednesday we do something a little bit different.”
Boca Tacos announced on its Facebook page that the taco shop was accepting prepaid orders for African lion, to be served on Feb. 16. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. Feb. 7.
“I’ve gotten a lot of questions, like if it’s legal,” said Mazon, adding that a few lion tacos have been reserved so far. “We’re still a month out, too.”
According to the Food and Drug Administration, lion and other game meat can be sold as long as the species isn’t endangered.
Bingo! The pre-orders for Lion Tacos has been through the roof! Mexican restaurants across the state do not want to lose their business Boca – so they are getting in on the feline action. ALL Mexican restaurants across Arizona will be serving up Lion Tacos on Feb. 16th.
“I’m doing the African lion to get my name out,” said Mazon, who used to be a salesman for City Meat and Provisions. “I’ve never tried it myself, but this one really caught my eye.”
Most of Boca’s exotic tacos range between $3 and $4. The lion tacos cost $8.75 apiece. But Del Taco and Chipotle will be offering up “prime lion tacos” for $6-$7. McDonald’s is even trying to get in on the action. “We are going to offer a Lion Taco Happy Meal. Kids will get to eat two lion tacos and get a free copy of the Lion King with their meal. It’s a great promotion for us,” said Wendy Carilton of McDonalds.
Lion Meat costs about $100 a pound of ground lion meat – $400 for a pound of tenderloin lion meat. So there’s a lot of profit to be made.
The State of Arizona is getting in on the action. They are taxing the Lion Tacos and have provided the Mexican restaurants some lion hunters from the University of Arizona to help shoot and kill the African lions. “We want to make sure that the we kill the best lions in African and get them back here safely and quickly so our citizens can eat top grade lion tacos, ” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
So go to Arizona on Feb. 16th and get some… Lion Tacos!!
Its got to be better than the "Poodle and Noodles" they had last year.
Oh, my goodness..now the lions? Why? Is there nothing else to eat over there?
well there was so much outrage from this story that now the
restaurant has discontinued the lion tacos...
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