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May 6, 2010 12:00 PM

Most Bizarre sandwiches / street food in Philadelphia?

We're looking for the most bizarre foods Philly has to offer. Could be livers, intestines, brains, anything of that nature. (Anything the typical American diner would consider unusual.) Doesn't matter if it comes from a restaurant, food truck, whatever. Things like the Tripe Sandwich at George's in the Italian Market are perfect, we're just looking for more. Thanks!

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  1. so.... offal = bizarre?

    otherwise i would have given mention to one of the food trucks around drexel that stuffs mozza sticks, chicken fingers, fries, "pasta sauce", etc into a hoagie bun. now to me, that is bizarre.

    do you only want offal in sandwich form?

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      Nope, doesn't have to be offal or a sandwich. Anything is fair game. Thanks!

    2. The hot dog/fish cake combo with pepper hash in a hot dog roll. Here are a few spots that have it:

      •APJ Texas Weiners (13th & Arch)

      •Texas Weiner (15th & Snyder)

      •Gus' Cart (5th & South)

      •Lenny's (northeast)

      •Johnny's Hots - Delaware Ave

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      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

        Moe's Hot Dogs (Grays Ferry Ave and Washington Ave) has the hot dog/fish cake combo (aka "South Philly Surf and Turf").

        1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

          Which of those five would you consider the best? Thanks!

        2. I know you can get pig's blood congee in Chinatown. As far as only-in-Philly type foods, there's always scrapple, and cheesesteak rolls (egg roll stuffed with a cheesesteak.)

          Edit: I realize none of these are particularly bizarre, but they are unique.

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          1. re: novelgazer

            If you really want to eat what you are calling "bizarre" then go to Los Taquitos de Puebla on 9th St between Federal and Ellsworth where you can order such things as eyeball tacos, mixed head meat tacos, mouth, and tongue tacos.

            Buen provecho!

              1. re: BizFoods

                Just had tacos de lengua Wednesday - couldn't quite bring myself to try the eye balls. Tongue was good though!

                1. re: Bigley9

                  I have a general policy that I don't taste anything that might be tasting me back. I might have to amend that policy to include something that is watching me eat it as well.

                  1. re: Philly Ray

                    The mixed head taco may be watching, tasting, and hearing you simultaneously! Hopefully it's not thinking about you.

                    1. re: Philly Ray

                      Amazingly this Irish girl grew up eating beef tongue - Mom told us it was corned beef (kind of similar taste, not texture). Tried fish eyes - I love the cheeks but couldn't do the eyes. Can't imagine beef would be easier. I'll go along with the no food that is watching me eat it rule. hmmm - do oysters and clams have eyes?

                        1. re: Buckethead

                          What about Rocky Mountain Oysters? What would they be doing to me while I'm eating them?

              2. And, along the lines of bizarre food, the Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities has a section devoted to items removed from the windpipes of choking people.

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                1. re: novelgazer

                  I know that Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodles in Chinatown has sliced pig ears. I'm sure there's a lot of "odd" food in that neck of the woods, so it may be worth a visit.