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Oxtail on menus?

Looking for best dishes around made with braised oxtail.

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  1. Back-A-Yard in Menlo Park has a really good oxtail dish.

    Edit: Basque Cultural Center in South SF has it on the menu Wed only, haven't tried it yet.
    599 Railroad Ave
    South San Francisco, CA 94080
    (650) 583-8091

    website: http://www.basqueculturalcenter.com/r...

    1. Several ethnic dishes are made with oxtail. I can name a few:

      Filipino: kare-kare has a thick mellow peanut sauce which can be greatly enhanced with bagong (shrimp paste). Goldilock has a nice version but be sure to call ahead. Many branches in Bay Area.

      Indonesian: sop buntut is a clear soup made by boiling the oxtail, vegetables and some aromatic spices. Very simple but tasty prep. Almost all the Indonesian restaurants carry this dish -again call ahead to make sure.

      1. Powell's Place off Fillmore has really good oxtails. I know most people go there for their fried chicken, but I'm an oxtail-kinda-girl and it is usually my preference.

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        1. re: Carrie 218

          Gator's in San Mateo has Oxtails at dinner. I am so hooked on that place.

          1. re: dhoffman1421

            Gator's oxtail dish from their website is $20! Wow, it better be worth it. Slow-cooked Beef Oxtails smothered in a Black-Eyed pea, Tomato & Onion Custard Gravy over Wild Brown Rice

            I paid $12.50 at Back A Yard, Menlo Park back in 4/2006 for oxtails w/ sauce; rice & beans, tiny salad, & plantain.

            Basque Cultural Center in SSF has the Wed only oxtail special served Family Style which includes soup, salad, 2 entrees (oxtail stew & pork loin w/ apple sauce) & ice-cream for $17.95

        2. I've seen it on Nellie's (Oakland) menu, but I'm never there on the right day -- their Wedneday special I believe. Has anyone had it/them?

          1. I'm not generally a huge fan of Zza's on Grand in Oakland, but I think their braised oxtails are pretty good.

            1. Braised Oxtails are a lot more common on menus in the Winter, though some places do serve them year round. The best preparations of oxtails I've had (outside of home) were at Italian restaurants in December and January.

              1. Habana Cuba in San Jose has a good one. The rest of the menu is h&m, but the oxtail is very good.


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                1. re: sgwood415

                  H&M = high and mighty?

                  I was just at Habana Cuba and we got the oxtail for the table to try. It was tasty but not as tender as it should/could have been.

                  1. re: Hapa Dude

                    hit & miss

                    I had it twice there and it was quite tender both times.

                2. hello, it's been some time since we went to Zarzuela on Hyde St., but their braised oxtails were good.

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                  1. re: moto

                    Never had it but it's on the menu @ Hard Knox, other stuff there is good (soul food) so it might be a good bet. Third St. and 22nd I believe...

                    1. re: virtualguthrie

                      Hi all,
                      The oxtail at Hard Know is very good. Fall off the bone and tender. Very consistent qualitity and always seems to be on the menu.

                  2. Dorsey's Locker has ox tails as a Monday special. Never had it, but had the fried chicken and gumbo there last week and both were very good. Brennan's has oxtails as a special too. They are good but not great. I would think some Cantonese restaurants would serve them, as it is a staple of that style.

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                    1. re: chocolatetartguy

                      I thought I read a post that mentioned oxtail on a Wed or Thurs night recently but can't find it. Anyone remember that post?

                    2. Any good solid Cantonese Chinese restaurant should be able to whip out a red wine sauce braised oxtail clay pot for you.