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Offal/Extreme Cuisine in DFW Area?

cm83 | Jul 14, 2008 12:25 PM

I have a fascination with food exploration.

I want to find good places to try anything weird, interesting, or off the beaten path. Nose-to-tail eating, organ meats, meats from animals other than cows, pigs, and chickens, other strange things like durian. I realize that places that do this food well are few and far between so even though I live near Legacy and 75 in Plano, I'm willing to drive pretty far for an excellent bite.

The most interesting things I've found so far on my own is tripe in several forms (menudo, pho), beef tongue at Cuquita's, and cabrito (goat) at El Ranchito. I still haven't had uni (sea urchin) in a sushi bar despite its appearance on quite a few menus, because of the price, not the idea of eating sea urchin. If someone convinces me it's worth the money, maybe I'll try it.

I'm a cook by trade and although I *could* probably figure out how to cook some of these things on my own, I'd much rather try it the real way, made by someone with years of practice who knows what they're doing, before I attempt it on my own. Organ meats can be tricky to work with sometimes. If you know of a good butcher / market though, I'm all ears anyways.

Anything around? And what do they offer?

The only thing I could scrounge up on the boards was Watel's Allen Street Cottage in Uptown. Looks like from their website that they offer calf brains, sweetbreads, veal kidneys, and calf liver. All things I've wanted to try, especially sweetbreads and kidneys.

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