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Aug 3, 2007 01:47 PM

Best tripe dishes?

Good tripe dishes are hard to find in many restaurants where I am in Miami. They'll make an occasional appearanceon some Italian or Spanish tapas menus but rarely last (seems I'm one of the only people ordering them). And this is one item that I'd much rather have someone else prepare for me than DIY.

Could be a trippa a la romana, maybe some callos a la madrilena, a dim sum dish, menudo, or a taco - regardless of ethnicity, where will I find the best tripe dishes in San Francisco?

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  1. There's a sensational trippa a la fiorentina appetizer at Delfina. It's a ceramic dish with tomatoes and onions that has the texture of roasted eggplant.

    Many Vietnamese restaurants serve pho with an assortment of tendons and tripe.

    I'm also fond of the modongo (sp) at Balompie, a Salvadorean restaurant. This is a vegetable soup that includes tripe and tendons.

    Was at Incanto this week, which is famous for offal. No tripe on the menu Wednesday, but lots of other ambitiously applied body parts (delicious sweetbreads). You can drop in at the bar for wine and appetizers and see what's available.

    If you search on Fruitvale (Oakland neighborhood, with a convenient BART stop), you'll find the details of the crispy tripitas tacos at the truck outside the Guadalajara restaurant. Ruth Lafler has posted about these in the past.

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    1. re: Windy

      Yup. I only like tripe when it's crispy and fried. The El Novillo taco truck Windy described does a lovely job.

      I've also enjoyed Sichuan-style dry-fried tripe at a couple of places: China Village in the East Bay and Zone 88 in San Francisco (the southern part of SF on the way to the airport).

      China Village
      1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

      Zone 88 Inc
      2428 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

      Guadalajara Restaurant
      1001 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Any visit to Zone 88 MUST include the crispy pork intestine - I like tripe prepared almost any way but I have to say that this dish at Zone 88 is truly one of the best - and I've had it there about 4-5 times and it has always been the best - even a friend who is a confirmed tripe hater liked it...

        1. re: RWCFoodie

          Note that these Mexican and Sichuan crispy tripe dishes are all made with PORK tripe or chitterlins, actually the small intenstine, I think.

          I'll put in a word for "husband and wife lung slices", a classic Sichuan cold dish that typically doesn't have any lung in it around here, rather poached and thinly sliced beef shank (with soft gristle) and poached beef tripe bathed in a wickedly hot "ma la" chili oil seasoning. China Village and Zone 88 both do a great job with this dish.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Yes, this dish at Zone 88 is the other tripe dish that I love - we had it just a couple of months ago and it was every bit as good as it was the first time we tried it there.

    2. I love tripe and the best Italian tripe dishes I have had are: 1) The neapolitan tripe at A16 (tender in a rich tomato based sauce that is finished with some egg and sheeps milk cheese); 2) the tripe salad at Incanto (tender simply boiled tripe served cold with olive oil, lemon and herbs, light and bright); 3) the tuscan tripe at Delfina (similar to A16 but has more fun--probably not cleaned as well--and the sauce is not quite as balanced).

      Spices has a great fried large intestine with schezuan peppercorns. Piperade has tripe once in a while. All the top dim sum spots serve tripe.

      1. Best I've had has been at Incanto and A16.

        Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
        1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

        2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          The tripe soup (chalkboard special) at Turkish Kitchen in Berkeley was pretty good:

          Correcting the A16 link:

          2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

          Turkish Kitchen
          1984 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

        2. Had some nice tripe last week at La Ciccia. Sometimes Delfina has tripe, too.

          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

          Delfina Restaurant
          3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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