I had a very tasty mixed pork intestine in chili sauce at Montien last night off the 'authentic' menu which I had to request. It got me thinking about how many other great food experiences I might be missing out on because of my good gringo looks and my failure to ask if there is a second menu with more exotic dishes. Or if a place just happens to make some great off-menu items upon request that I haven't heard about yet. To date this has mostly come up at asian places, but a part of me is hoping that even Anna's has just been holding out on me and as soon as I find out about the Barbacoa out back and the hog maw tacos I can start getting those on a regular basis.
I am hoping to compile a list of places that have menus or dishes that aren't always given out unless requested. Here's my start:
-New Taste of Asia (haven't been post Rice Garden)
-Brown Sugar (Comm ave. had one years ago, the last time I went to that location)