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It all started with chicken liver.

birdy30 Jan 5, 2009 05:26 AM

A possible budding romance began with a conversation about chicken liver. I know that the Franklin Cafe used to have an incredible chicken liver dish but there is no mention of it on their website. As someone who loves it and someone who has never tried it, where is the best place to go in Boston/Cambridge?
I have composed a little list that may suit the bill for this Saturday night extravaganza: Toro, the Franklin, Green Street, Hungry Mother, ES, and Rendezvous. Even if the ultimate quest of new found love is broken, where will I still be happy with the food and my chicken livers?

  1. musteat Jan 9, 2009 11:00 AM

    Blue Room (Kendall stop, Cambridge) had excellent chicken liver appetizer -- nearly enough for a meal. Novel prep, too: sauteed chicken livers, swiss chard, pine nuts, golden raisins, balsamic beurre $ 9 (taken from their online menu). OOPS -- just noticed I had been beaten to this recommendation, So I'll just agree with Taralli!

    1. cassoulady Jan 7, 2009 01:15 PM

      Fromaggio has a great chicken liver pate, you could pick some up and have it on bread with champagne for a little romance at home ; )

      1. Joanie Jan 7, 2009 08:47 AM

        I think Davio's always has it on their menu and it's great. Had good ones at Via Matta before too.

        1. b
          bachslunch Jan 6, 2009 02:44 PM

          It's in Acton, but I very much liked the chicken livers I had at Le Lyonnaise. They'll cook them to order as well, so if you want them rare, you can actually get them that way.

          1. f
            fullbelly Jan 6, 2009 04:16 AM

            East Coast Grill has chipotle glazed crispy chicken liver on the menu and they're amazing.

            1. r
              ritcey Jan 5, 2009 05:18 PM

              The chicken liver crostini on the Via Matta cafe menu is delicious, with a bit of a spicy kick to it.

              1. trufflehound Jan 5, 2009 01:18 PM

                I had a duck liver and some leftover duck so I got some ground pork and made an amazing pate.

                1. BobB Jan 5, 2009 10:18 AM

                  Higaditos Mexicanos is an outstanding spicy chicken liver appetizer at Sol Azteca in Brookline. Unfortunately it's about the only really outstanding dish on the menu, but they will bring you an entree-sized portion if you ask.

                  1. finlero Jan 5, 2009 08:35 AM

                    My favorite primo at Trattoria Toscana in the Fenway is their fegatini crostini, a Tuscan chicken liver pate (the nutmeg adds the most amazing extra layer of flavor) served on toasted bread.

                    The rest of the menu ain't half bad either.

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                    1. re: finlero
                      BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 7, 2009 10:57 PM

                      It's true, those crostini are out of this world. Though I'm loving the sound of that app at the Blue Room too: that sounds like it would taste amazing nestled next to a simple pasta in cream sauce.

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                      LeoLioness Jan 5, 2009 08:11 AM

                      I haven't tried the dish myself, but Highland Kitchen serves a chicken liver omelette for Sunday brunch (and in my opinion, Joe makes the best Bloody Mary in town), should you need some hair of the dog. Or chicken.

                      1. t
                        Taralli Jan 5, 2009 07:55 AM

                        The Blue Room has a generous app of them: "sauteed chicken livers, swiss chard, pine nuts, golden raisins, balsamic beurre $9 that we really like.

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                        1. re: Taralli
                          birdy30 Jan 5, 2009 01:00 PM

                          This sounds yummy! It's making me hungry now.

                        2. MC Slim JB Jan 5, 2009 07:07 AM

                          It's back on the Franklin South End menu (and still terrific, one of my favorite apps there).

                          I don't recall if it's also on the Franklin Southie menu, but that venue might be closed for a little while.

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