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Any places that serve good offal?

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  • phan1 Jul 31, 2008 03:41 AM
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Cause I want some! I've tried to make good offal at home but I'm just not good at it. I need to actually taste some good offal to see what I'm doing wrong. Anyone know a place that has really good offal? Livers, sweetbreads, brain, all that stuff.

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  1. The "marinated combo special" at Din Ho and First China BBQ are always an adventure. Stomach, tendon, ears, tongue (my favorite), intestines (my least favorite, but looks cool) and maybe a gonad or three for good luck, stamina, and longevity.

    They probably serve uterus and pizzle, too, I just don't know how to order it. You can always get them raw at MT Supermarket.

    -sw

    1. Haven't tried any of these, but Asia Cafe has pork viscera on the menu, not to mention stir fried duck tongues (boned). I have also seen pork kidney as one of the daily specials.

      1. Parkside has sweetbread on the menu, although I have not tried it yet. I believe there have been a couple of comments on it. Just search this board for "Parkside".

        1. I have some friends who are always finding Mexican (and other Central American) style offal items around town, but I'm having trouble remembering particulars. Two items though quite easily found are menudo (avoid Taco Cabana's rendition) and lengua (tongue). Many taco trucks have the latter as options for tacos. I also seem to recall that some Southern Soul Food type places (Gene's?) have gizzards on the menu.

          FWIW, almost every chef I know in town talks rapturously about such cuts, but ironically these are hard to find in restaurants (lack of demand most likely). I've heard that scrambled eggs with sheep's brains (oft served with avocado) is a very traditional dish in many Latin American countries, though I don't know of a place that serves it here. I would guess that there might be supply and liability issues.

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          1. re: taliesin15

            The goat heads at Fiesta always look appetizing.

          2. I had some delicious sweetbreads at Chez Nous.

            I haven't had luck finding good sweetbreads to cook at home, only big beef ones.

            1. I've heard Parkside may be offering an offal tasting menu.

              1. I had lamb sweetbreads at Parkside last night and they were pretty good but a bit overly sauteed--but props to them for having lamb sweetbreads, something I've never seen. Cibo had the best sweetbreads in town but alas, they are gone. I had veal sweetbreads at Lamberts once as a special that were out of this world. They soaked them overnight in milk and man were they tasty.

                1. I've had fantastic sweetbreads at Wink. I absolutely love lengua but so far have only had it at Taqueria Arandas' S. 1st street location. Tastes like pot roast. I usually eat lengua and grilled tripas (intestines, not tripe) at Rosario's in San Antonio). As for liver, well, nothing to me is more comfort food than liver dusted in cornmeal and fried...but I usually make it at home. My workmate still goes to Luby's for the liver & onions there.

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                  1. re: Kaya_n_Austin

                    My reaction has been so-so to the sweetbreads I've had in town (haven't had them at Wink but Cibo and Chez Nous). Anyone tried them at Olivia? Anywhere else? I'm looking for finger, lickin' good ones! Thanks.

                    1. re: shlomoaren

                      Have you tried the sweetbreads at Parkside? I thought they were very good when I had them.

                  2. I'm chompin at the bit to make it to Sichuan Garden up in RR.

                    Here's a sampling of some of their offerings:

                    - 9 Pork Intestine & Pork Blood Cake
                    - Crispy Pork Intestine w. Multi Flavored Chili Pepper
                    - Boiled Pork Intestine with Spicy Sauce
                    - Boiled Pork Intestine w. Spicy Sauce & Tender Bean Curd
                    - Pork Blood & Beef Omasa with Spicy Sauce
                    - Shredded Pork with Stomach Noodles
                    - Stir-Fried Sliced Pork Stomach w. Jalapeno
                    - Sliced Beef & Mow with Szechuan Style**
                    - Beef Omasa with Hot Oil
                    - Sliced Pig Ear with Hot Oil

                    http://www.sichuangardentx.com

                    **This has become a favourite order at Asia Cafe for me of late. It's called "Spicy Honeycomb" on their menu.

                    Spicy Honeycomb:
                    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3067/3...

                    Previous mention of it:
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/480316

                    1. sorry for this measly post, but for gourmet sweet breads, Wink on Lamar offers exquisite sweet breads that melt in your mouth much like scallops, but with a slightly gamy flavor. they are prepared with a slightly sweet sauce and have apparently been a favorite for over 10 years. would highly recommend trying the sweet breads. i think they offer portions in appetizer or entree sizes.