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Bolsa's venison tartare.
Bolsa's venison tartare.
Photo: Elliot Munoz

Go Raw: 10 Must-Try Tartare Dishes in Dallas

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Bolsa's venison tartare.
| Photo: Elliot Munoz

You probably eat your fair share of sushi, so hey, why not raw meat? In honor of The Five Days of Meat, here are 10 tartare dishes to sample next time you're feeling primal. (Bonus: Due to that whole lack of cooking thing, most of these dishes come out of the kitchen lightning quick.)

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1. A F + B

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2869 Crockett St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chef Jeff Harris turns to another red meat to make his tasty tartare: lamb. He foregoes the traditional raw egg yolk in favor of a smoked egg puree, and it's served with a side of grilled baguette slices.

2. Bolsa

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614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 367-9367
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Chef Andrew Bell's venison tartare is one of the best damn fancy bar snacks in town. Lean and deeply meaty, it's accented with tiny cubes of yellow tomato gelee, a quail egg yolk and crispy fried yuca chips.

3. Blind Butcher

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1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-0000
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The beef tartare at Blind Butcher is ideal for sharing: It's served up in a small metal loaf pan, topped with pickled quail egg and flanked by a whole mess of crunchy potato chips.

4. Boulevardier

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408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-1828
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This Bishop Arts gem does French bistro fare right, and the steak tartare is no exception: It's spiked with briny capers and topped with a quail egg yolk, served up with a swipe of zesty horseradish sauce and toasted baguette slices for the crunch factor.

5. Desta

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12101 Greenville Ave, Ste 105
Dallas, TX 75243
(214) 575-9004
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What the heck is kitfo? Think spiced Ethiopian beef tartare that's ground extra-fine. (They'll cook it if you ask but come on, be brave.) Tear off a piece of spongy injera bread and dig in.

6. Gemma

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2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9426
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Gemma's steak tartare is arguably one of the finest in town: Made from grass-fed beef, it's served with a raw egg yolk and olive tapenade to mix in before scooping up with crispy housemade crackers. (Easy on the tapenade so as not to obscure the flavor of the meat.)

7. Koryo Kalbi Korean BBQ

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2560 Royal Ln
Dallas, TX 75229
(972) 406-0087
Surprise! Korean food has its own version of steak tartare, too. Highly seasoned with garlic, sesame oil and soy, amongst other things, t's called yukhoe, and it makes an excellent precursor to the grilled meat orgy that is Korean barbecue. [Photo: Emi M./Foursquare]

8. Mercat Bistro

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2501 N. Harwood Street
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 953-0917
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Mercat's steak tartare is classically French, served over a bed of frisee, topped with a raw egg yolk; toasted baguette slices serve as a crunchy vehicle to get it to your mouth. Ignore the surrounding high-rises and you can almost pretend you're at a Parisian sidewalk cafe.

9. Neighborhood Services

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5027 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 350-5027
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If the beef tartare is on the menu next time you hit up Nick Badovinus' ever-popular Park Cities spot, get it. It's made with dry-aged tenderloin and served with garlic crostini (you can also get it in a duo with tuna tartare).

10. St. Martin's Wine Bistro

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3020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-0940
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Steak tartare -- or, as they call it, "la tartare de boeuf" -- is served with a side of romance at this Lower Greenville mainstay. It's made with Prime filet and served with toast points.

1. A F + B

2869 Crockett St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chef Jeff Harris turns to another red meat to make his tasty tartare: lamb. He foregoes the traditional raw egg yolk in favor of a smoked egg puree, and it's served with a side of grilled baguette slices.
2869 Crockett St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

2. Bolsa

614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Chef Andrew Bell's venison tartare is one of the best damn fancy bar snacks in town. Lean and deeply meaty, it's accented with tiny cubes of yellow tomato gelee, a quail egg yolk and crispy fried yuca chips.
614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

3. Blind Butcher

1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
The beef tartare at Blind Butcher is ideal for sharing: It's served up in a small metal loaf pan, topped with pickled quail egg and flanked by a whole mess of crunchy potato chips.
1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Boulevardier

408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75208
This Bishop Arts gem does French bistro fare right, and the steak tartare is no exception: It's spiked with briny capers and topped with a quail egg yolk, served up with a swipe of zesty horseradish sauce and toasted baguette slices for the crunch factor.
408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108
Dallas, TX 75208

5. Desta

12101 Greenville Ave, Ste 105, Dallas, TX 75243
What the heck is kitfo? Think spiced Ethiopian beef tartare that's ground extra-fine. (They'll cook it if you ask but come on, be brave.) Tear off a piece of spongy injera bread and dig in.
12101 Greenville Ave, Ste 105
Dallas, TX 75243

6. Gemma

2323 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Gemma's steak tartare is arguably one of the finest in town: Made from grass-fed beef, it's served with a raw egg yolk and olive tapenade to mix in before scooping up with crispy housemade crackers. (Easy on the tapenade so as not to obscure the flavor of the meat.)
2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Koryo Kalbi Korean BBQ

2560 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75229
Surprise! Korean food has its own version of steak tartare, too. Highly seasoned with garlic, sesame oil and soy, amongst other things, t's called yukhoe, and it makes an excellent precursor to the grilled meat orgy that is Korean barbecue. [Photo: Emi M./Foursquare]
2560 Royal Ln
Dallas, TX 75229

8. Mercat Bistro

2501 N. Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Mercat's steak tartare is classically French, served over a bed of frisee, topped with a raw egg yolk; toasted baguette slices serve as a crunchy vehicle to get it to your mouth. Ignore the surrounding high-rises and you can almost pretend you're at a Parisian sidewalk cafe.
2501 N. Harwood Street
Dallas, TX 75201

9. Neighborhood Services

5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
If the beef tartare is on the menu next time you hit up Nick Badovinus' ever-popular Park Cities spot, get it. It's made with dry-aged tenderloin and served with garlic crostini (you can also get it in a duo with tuna tartare).
5027 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

10. St. Martin's Wine Bistro

3020 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Steak tartare -- or, as they call it, "la tartare de boeuf" -- is served with a side of romance at this Lower Greenville mainstay. It's made with Prime filet and served with toast points.
3020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

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