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Apr 27, 2013 12:14 PM

Where are some good offal dishes?

I know a few taquerias in/around Barrio Logan will have offal-type tacos or burritos, but are there other places?

The chicken liver at Lion's Share is very good, btw.

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  1. I really like the sweet Breads at Cowboy Star (OK beginner offal dish)

    Also Vamos A Texcoco up here in vista
    for Lambs head.

    as well as Panca in Oceanside for Peruvian
    weekends only. tender beef heart marinated in peruvian spices, skewered, & served with a side of peruvian corn, salsa criolla, & grilled potato.

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    1. re: chris2269

      Had the lambs head at Aqui, still tame compared to organ offal. Ever eat at Encanto in SF?, Constantino's place, he takes offal to the next level.

      1. re: cstr

        Funny was just in SF 2 months ago and ate at Encanto...loved it one of my bucket list places finally checked it off.
        Not Offal but next time your in SF HRD Cafe Korean Fusion with a line out the door 20 people deep ....we ate there twice and I never eat anywhere twice on vacation..

        1. re: cstr

          I've eaten there twice and loved it both times, am particularly fond of his head cheese and the lardo. However, it's named Incanto and it belongs to Chris Cosentino. It's the so-called "Leg of Beast" extravaganzas that focus on the more bizarre or rarely used animal parts.

          Interesting place, wish we had something like it down here - save me the plane fare and hotel bill.

          1. re: deckape

            I found Incanto interesting, but not necessarily delicious.

            Sort of like staring at an Escher drawing. Dazzles the mind, but does not necessarily bring joy to my mind.

        2. re: chris2269

          Aqui es Texcoco also serves pancita which pretty much falls into the offal category

        3. As long as you don't go to some taco shops You will mainly see variations on chicken liver at different restaurants, e.g. Cucina Urbana, Farmhouse Cafe etc. otherwise it is only sweetbreads, e.g. Cowboy Star, Urban Solace, Piatti. Everything else are often specials, e.g. recently duck gizzard at Cafe Chloe

          1. I saw that Tiger! Tiger! is doing a nose-to-tail dinner tomorrow night. $75 a pop.

            My preferred vehicle for offal is the DIY fried scrapple breakfast sandwich on white bread with mayo and iceberg lettuce.

            Has anyone seen a scrapple sandwich on any menus around town?

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            1. re: Stiflers_Mom

              Better yet, has anyone seen scrapple period? Sandwich or otherwise?

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I've bought it at Siesel's and Ralph's before. It's Jones Farm brand, I have not seen Rapa on the west coast.

                1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                  Yeah, market wise, I believe you can also get it at one of the sausage makers in town. Forget which one. When Pete's in LI was still in business he mentioned the name ... I think the person/place actually has a stall at the Mercato. Now it's beginning to just bug me.

                  But was wondering if there were restaurants serving it. Would go well with some fried eggs and potatoes me thinks.

                  1. re: cstr

                    No kidding. I've had scrapple for breakfast at the Ritz in Pittsburgh.