Here at TV Blend, we get The Walking Dead hysteria. We totally understand the need to scour the Internet for insider scoops and potential spoilers. We get obsessing over plot points and trailers. We can get behind nearly anything that is Walking Dead-based. Which is why an underground tavern complete with a human flesh burger is so darn cool.
Messhead, a London-based group of foodies, have put together a really special pop-up for the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead. Chef James Thomlinson and Miss Cakehead have created Terminus Tavern, a stand meant to resemble The Walking Dead’s own Terminus. The stand will be the home of Human Flesh Burgers in just a few days.
Before you start beginning to feel a little physically unwell at the prospect of cannibalism, The Terminus Tavern will not be serving real bits of human flesh on a slab of bread. According to Horror Talk, Thomlinson looked at the history of consuming human flesh, finding documents where people in survival situations later explained what people taste like. In a book by William Seabrook called Jungle Ways human flesh is described as the following.
“It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal.”
Thomlinson later determined the best way he could come up with a distinguishable human-like flavor would be to mix 400g pork mince, 400g veal mince and minced 200g bone marrow before cooking. He and his partner then teamed up with Fox International (The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the U.S.) to put together the stand for the big premiere. The food stand will hit the streets on September 30th and will give away as many free burgers as they are able to make when it opens at noon. Those who want to learn the London location of the stand must keep up with Mr. Thomlinson via Twitter.
Here’s a look at the promotional menu.
Luckily, if you really want to simulate the taste and texture of human flesh, Thomlinson has been a pretty nice guy. He’s posted his recipe for the flesh burgers on his Facebook page, so if you want to show up your friends with your own Walking Dead Season 5 party, you now have the food part figured out.
In the States, you can catch The Walking Dead’s Season 5 premiere on Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. ET. The rest of the fall TV premiere schedule is available, here.