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Mar 11, 2008 09:35 AM

Offal in the Valley

I'm trying to expand my palette to include organ meats. My fear is that if I eat horribly cooked offal, I wont be willing to try it again.

Are there any chefs in the Phoenix metro area who specialize in, or make fantastic offal dishes?

Got car. Can travel. Not afraid of distances.

I searched the boards and the only thing that came up was Methode Bistro, and some posters indicated it was going mainstream.

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  1. You might also try searching on terms like "sweetbreads", "liver", "kidney", "trotters", and so on, depending on your particular interest. I found a few (but only a few) more possibilities this way when searching the previous year's posts.

    Also, I would guess that some of the Chinese, Filipino, and Southeast Asian restaurants that have non-Americanized menu options might offer some things that would scratch that itch.

    *Edit: Of course, don't forget that some Mexican eateries offer menudo on weekends, and tacos made meats (e.g., brains, cheek, tongue), so you might also try searching on terms like "sesos", "tripas", "lengua" and/or their English equivalents.

    1. My first offal experience was the blue corn crusted sweetbreads at Vincent's - looks like they are still on the menu. Christopher's used to have them on the daily menu I believe, but now it's listed as a special.

      Christophers Fermier Brasserie
      2584 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

      Vincent On Camelback
      3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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      1. re: azhotdish

        Thanks. I ran a search using some of the terms hohokam suggested and here's what I found. I'm listing them for references.

        Sweet Breads

        Kai (amuse bouche, only)


        Sabor Cubano

        I didn't list liver because the engine brought up everything from pate, to chopped liver, which can be found at any good deli. Also not listed are items I couldn't find, like kidney, or trotters.

        5594 W. Wildhorse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

        Zinc Bistro
        15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

        Sabor Cubano Buffet
        2030 W Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

        7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85351

      2. Sometimes, but not always, offal is on the menu at T. Cook's or Sassi. Both places do a good job making refined versions of peasent dishes.