Offal in Sacramento other than Water Boy and Hispanic Restaurants
+1 on the Chinese restaurants. When it comes to dim sum, the steamed tripe with ginger (served in a little bamboo steamer basket) is delicious. But omnivore though I am, I can't handle the stewed tripe with other organ meats (served from a big vat in a large bowl). The spleen is just too much for me.
Going beyond dim sum, you'll find everything from fish maw to duck gizzard to goose intestines on quite a few dinner menus. And the Golden Dragon in Rocklin has a few offal dishes on the "special" menu; the pig ear in chili oil is an interesting textural experience, and I really enjoyed the dry-fried pork intestines.
Any Vietnamese place is going to offer tripe and tendon in pho. Market Cafe makes great liver and onions (although I think it's been demoted from the regular menu to a weekly special.
If you want to go upscale, Mulvaney's usually has some offal dishes. I had a great pork heart special there a while back, and I think sweetbreads are on the regular menu.
Mulvaney's B & L
1215 19th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant
4800 Granite Dr. #B2, Rocklin, CA 95677
2630 5th St # 16, Sacramento, CA
You know I'm plus-one-ing you on Golden Dragon. And, like you, the ear was fine, nothing off-putting about it at all but the fried intestines were really good. I don't believe I'd ever had intestine before. Gotta keep working our way through that menu. Maybe they have a special special menu?