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Dec 9, 2008 12:51 PM

Where can I find some bizarre foods resturants in Boston?

Where can I find some bizarre foods resturants in Boston?
I'd love foods like belly, organs, liver, brains, head of pig, cultural themed foods, etc.
and I'm eager to try things like tongue, brain, different kinds of bugs and strange sea foods, alligator, snake, eel, bear...

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  1. What is bizarre; unusual or foul? You could get geoduck at New Jumbo seafood last I knew. I've seen durian fruit at numerous places. I've had wild boar at the city hall barbecue.

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    1. re: Guinness02122

      After seeing geoduck used on Iron Chef recently, I've been wanting to try it. The menu lists "giant clam two style" as "market price"- anyone have a general range and any input on whether it's worth it? I see they have abalone at $58 per plate-- also on my list to try but a bit more than I can spend right now...

      1. re: Parsnipity

        i had a live one at Fugakyu last year and it was pretty good, but the best part was the 'curtain' or 'skirt' that rings the clamshell. that was served two ways (sashimi and torched) and i found it better than the siphon. the cost was $60 for the entire clam.

        1. re: Parsnipity

          You can get geoduck sashimi at Peach Farm. It's wonderful; sweet, briney and crunchy. Then, they fry the neck, or head, or whatever those bits you don't eat raw are, for an intensely clammy flavor that tastes like fried clams to the tenth power...

          1. re: galleygirl

            Thanks, guys- sounds fabulous & like a good Christmas indulgence.

            1. re: Parsnipity

              They price by the pound, and you have to bu the whole geoduck, so bring a few friends....;)

            2. re: galleygirl

              I've read/heard that what seafood restaurants sell as "clam strips" is geoduck.

              1. re: greygarious

                Strips are from quahogs and other large hardshell clams. Geoduck is expensive, sometimes called "surf clam" and similar.

            3. re: Parsnipity

              I'd like to try geoduck too. Anthony Bourdain ate and loved it on the Pacific Northwest episode of "No Reservations."

              I've seen live geoduck in the Kam Man market.

              1. re: Kenji

                Peach Farm in Chinatown does excellent Geoduck. I particularly like the sashimi followed by deep fried bits prep. You may have already eaten it in a sushi place where I believe it is often called giant clam.

          2. Grasshopper at Tu y Yo in Somerville.

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            1. re: Prav

              Yes! Chapulines at Tu y Yo! And huitlacoche, so yummy...

            2. if journeying south to quincy isn't too far, you may want to check out little q hot pot in quincy center. though the menu is no longer on the table, you can request their organ meat menu. it includes a variety of feet (chicken, duck, etc), tripe, pig blood, duck uterus, tongue and more.

              1. Most Brazilian churrascos in Somerville have chicken hearts, which are salty and mildly eraser-like.

                Olé in Inman used to have a goat taco, I think, though it doesn't look to be on the menu now. It was tame and tasty.

                Dalí at Food Four Corners has an occasional kidney special.

                If you want to cook any of these yourself, Savenor's butcher (I know they usually have snake, alligator, boar, eel, tongue, and surely can get you organs or bear.)

                Tu Y Yo in Somerville also has several items with huitlacoche, which only seems bizarre if you look up a picture.

                Most sushi places in town will find you as much eel as you like.

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                1. re: enhF94

                  Good call on tu y o --- Loooove the huitlacoche. Anything with corn smut on it is my friend.

                  1. re: enhF94

                    "Dalí at Food Four Corners has an occasional kidney special."

                    Food Four Corners as in the intersection of Beacon and Washington? Never heard that before.

                    1. re: Joanie

                      Yes---it's got Dali, the Wine and Cheese Cask, EVOO, and the Biscuit. Pretty impressive, except the Biscuit is kind of a weak link (based on its pastries; the coffee is good). If the Sherman Cafe were there instead of the Biscuit it would be truly a food corner from heaven. I love my neighborhood joints!

                      1. re: bella_sarda

                        Isn't the Kebab Factory in that same corner?

                        1. re: bella_sarda

                          I am shocked by your cafe comment. I think the Biscuit has marvelous pastries-

                          They have carbs with heft and not too much sweetness...
                          Their croissant is perfectly flaky and layered, the brioche, deliciously moist but not soft and wimpy like some...

                          What is it that you don't care for?

                          On topic. Bizarre foods... not so unusual but tripe soup at Izzy's. Okay- pretty lame.

                          1. re: miiki

                            I'm still wondering if this Food Four Corners phrase is used by the general public? Seems like there's got to be a lot of food 4 corners around town.

                            1. re: Joanie

                              I was struck by this as well, Joanie. But I do think it is apt.

                              I was trying to remember the name of the wine shop last week and kept wanting to say Cask and Flagon - which of course was worng in some many dimensions!

                              1. re: Joanie

                                Sorry, that's just me and my blog. It's not in general use.

                                Also Savenor's and Acme ice up there, which is a well-known supplier to local restaurants.

                            2. re: bella_sarda

                              I'd say Dali is the weakest link there. Consistently mediocre food, and an atmosphere like you just stepped into spain-land at Epcot center. Love wine and cheese cask though. Only place to get real spanish chorizo witihin a 1 mile radius of my place.

                        2. You might be able to find Balut at the Pinoy market in Quincy. Worth checking out.

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                          1. re: Prav

                            Yes, you can definitely find balut there, though you'll need to cook it (This could actually be a little tricky to do well, since they don't specify how old they are, but you may want to adjust the cooking time depending on how developed they are-- you probably want to ask for their advice)

                            1. re: Prav

                              you can find balut at all the cambodian markets on shirley ave in revere, as well as all the markets in lowell. generally they are labeled as "baby eggs" or are unlabeled.