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Oxtail on menus?

wannabechef Jun 11, 2007 10:33 PM

Looking for best dishes around made with braised oxtail.

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  1. hhc RE: wannabechef Jun 11, 2007 11:28 PM

    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...

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      Han RE: wannabechef Jun 12, 2007 02:18 AM

      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. Carrie 218 RE: wannabechef Jun 12, 2007 07:31 AM

        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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          dhoffman1421 RE: Carrie 218 Jun 12, 2007 08:42 AM

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

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            hhc RE: dhoffman1421 Jun 12, 2007 10:09 AM

            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

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              hhc RE: hhc Jun 14, 2007 06:05 AM

              my report on Basque Cultural Center,SSF

        2. Sarah RE: wannabechef Jun 12, 2007 09:17 AM

          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?

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            Hunicsz RE: wannabechef Jun 12, 2007 09:26 AM

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

            1. Morton the Mousse RE: wannabechef Jun 12, 2007 10:48 AM

              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. sgwood415 RE: wannabechef Jun 12, 2007 12:14 PM

                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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                  Hapa Dude RE: sgwood415 Jun 12, 2007 06:10 PM

                  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.

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                    sgwood415 RE: Hapa Dude Jun 13, 2007 07:22 AM

                    hit & miss

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

                2. moto RE: wannabechef Jun 12, 2007 12:44 PM

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

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                    virtualguthrie RE: moto Jun 12, 2007 01:31 PM

                    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...

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                      David Iott RE: virtualguthrie Jun 13, 2007 04:38 PM

                      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.

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                    chocolatetartguy RE: wannabechef Jun 12, 2007 03:18 PM

                    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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                      hhc RE: chocolatetartguy Jul 13, 2008 12:29 AM

                      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. K K RE: wannabechef Jul 13, 2008 09:05 PM

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

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