Before Zombie Burger opened, owners George Formaro and Paul Rottenberg expressed some trepidation if decomposing corpses and food would really work together. They did, but now chef Tom McKern is looking to push the envelope of good taste even more.
On Friday McKern unveiled Zombie Burger's latest burger of the week, "Martin's Revenge." It's a reference to the main character in "Human Centipede 2." If you aren't familiar with the concept of the "Human Centipede" films, they're a little tough to describe without causing visible discomfort to the listener. Basically, a mad scientist fuses three people into a human centipede, one head, 12 limbs. They're attached in such a way that they essentially have one long digestive tract; what the "head" consumes, works its way through to the other two bodies in the centipede.
Basically, the back two segments are consuming human waste. Hungry? It will be available through May 21.
"Martin's Revenge" is $10.79, and is made with a three-piece slider bun, with a different burger in each segment. The first burger is steak with cheddar, bacon and red raw onion. The second is a burger patty with American cheese, pulled barbecue bacon and sauteed red onion. The third burger is a loose meat sandwich with house-made cheese whiz and bacon-red onion jam.
"I was trying to figure out a way to do a take on the movie through a burger," McKern said. "I basically started with whole ingredients, and processed them down from slider to slider."
McKern said this is one of the more involved burgers Zombie Burger has put on its menu. It's not the only "Human Centipede"-inspired dish available, though. The Dr. Heiter's Poutine Basket and RIP Mein Drei-Hunde hot dog both take inspiration from the film series.
"We wanted to push the envelope a little more with this one," McKern said. "The movies have definitely changed the culture, and we wanted to highlight some of the shock horror movies that have come out recently."