Spend any length of time on the internet and you're bound to read tales of disgusting things found in food—bugs, condoms, etc. But somehow, finding teeth is its own special nightmare. What could be weirder than realizing you're chewing on something that some other animal (or person) once used to chew?
Such was the disturbing experience of Courtney Aguilar, who was enjoying some barbacoa tacos at El Rincon Mexican Restaurant in Pflugerville, Texas, when she realized her order came with a rather unusual extra garnish.
Sure does look like a big piece of jawbone, teeth and all. Isn't nature amazing? The restaurant sorta blamed the meat supplier, Laxson, a San Antonio company that in turn defended the grotesque meal to mySA.com, saying that the "teeth" were in fact "beef lips" and nothing to get worked up about.
"We admit cow lips are not the most attractive food item and can resemble teeth," Laxson said. "Unfortunately, it made its way into this customer's dish." El Rincon posted a link explaining the confusion on Facebook, and, by all accounts, barbacoa often includes some random miscellaneous parts of the cow head.
Ultimately, the funniest and creepiest thing about this is the El Rincon's initial response to the customer complaint. If someone asks you whether you just served them food with teeth in it, replying "baby teeth" as if to clarify that said teeth were carefully selected and placed there on purpose is... not the best move.
Anyway, congrats on your newest loyal customer, Chipotle.