Fear Factor Food: Orlando

Epicureans take a bite on the wild side whenever experiencing cuisine that doesn't appear to be the norm, but is considered a delicacy in other countries. How about some cow brain or pulpo/octopus (at Ceviche Tapas Bar, left) or even some tongue action? Step outside of your comfort zone and entice your palate with Orlando Citysearch's fearful food guide. (Photo by Sandra Carr)

Updated: October 19, 2009

Creepy Cuisine


Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

125 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801

Try this South American restaurant's Pulpo A La Madrilenas dish, which includes baked and sliced octopus with the tentacle openings where the eight arms once were intact mixed with tomato sauce, potatoes and fresh herbs and garlic. Tapas and entree portions are available.


Bismillah BBQ Restaurant

11220 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32837

Find Indian delicacies at this restaurant in South Orlando. One of the eatery's specialties includes Brain Masala, which is cooked cow brain. But don't worry--it doesn't include the membrane or nerves. Other ingredients include onions, green chili peppers, lemon, red chili and coriander powders, Garam Masala (spices), ginger and garlic pastes and plain yogurt.


Mama Nems' Comfort Food for the Soul

805 S Kirkman Rd Ste 106, Orlando, FL 32811

Tantalize your taste buds and experience what soul food is all about at this West Orlando restaurant. The eatery's menu features fried chicken gizzards and livers paired with collard greens, fried okra or black-eyed peas.


Toojay's Original Gourmet Deli

7600 Dr Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Do you have a hankering for some tongue? Then sink your teeth into a beefy cow tongue sandwich on baked rye, whole wheat, challah, bagel or a deli roll with Cole slaw and a dill pickle on the side at this Orlando chain.


Caribbean Sunshine Bakery

2528 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

Take a trip to West Orlando for a taste of Jamaica, mon. One of the restaurant's popular dishes is oxtail with onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, bay leaves and cloves served on top of noodles in small or large portions.


Cafe Tu Tu Tango

8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Tapas rules at this tourist area restaurant but the menu also features some surprises. How about having a reptile for din-din? Try the alligator bites with spicy pick-a-peppa cream and fruit chutney under the fritangas (grilled beef) section for size.