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13 Offal Dishes to Try Right Now In Dallas

Where to find calf fries, blood sausage, curried brains, and so much more

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Rocky Mountain oysters, anyone?
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Curried brains, sautéed liver, and skin that’s fried to crispy perfection. Still with us? Good, because if any local diner has the nerve to veer off the path of conventional Dallas cuisine, there are some seriously exciting dishes that await.

Consider it a modern movement, or old methods brought back – but nose-to-tail cookery is trending. Chefs are using insides, outsides, ears and feet to whip up some unique fare, and all 13 of these dishes deserve to be on any adventurous eater’s Dallas dining bucket list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taste of Poland European Tavern

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2301 Central Expy #155
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 423-2458
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This European restaurant and deli is much more than meets the eye. Located in a Plano strip mall, the location boasts authentic Polish dishes, meats, cheeses, and other goods for you to enjoy in-house or take home. For a bona fide European experience, try Kishka – a traditional Polish blood sausage sautéed with onions and bacon (with a side of sauerkraut, naturally). On weekends, the restaurant serves a traditional tripe soup called flaki. Don’t forget to browse the market on the way out.

Courtney E. – Yelp

2. BBQ Tonite

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2540 Old Denton Rd
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 466-0786
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This Southern Indian delicacy is hard to track down in DFW, but at BBQ Tonite, goat brains are served masala style with onions, diced tomatoes, green peppers, cilantro, and a secret mix of herbs.

Photo by Lauren Coe

3. First Chinese B-B-Q

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111 S Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 680-8216
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This modest Cantonese destination gives local diners a chance to ogle whole ducks and chickens hanging from silver rods slick with marinade while they choose one of the many diverse menu options. There’s even a possibility that an entire pig’s head might be close by. Look no further than number 533 on the menu — this dish of duck feet in black bean sauce is meaty, slightly chewy, and definitely delicious.

Naeun K. – Yelp

4. Knife Dallas

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5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 443-9339
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Just when bone marrow lost its shock value, Knife decided to reinvent this succulent appetizer by kicking things up a notch with bacon and caviar. The bacon coating creates the right amount of crunch, while caviar adds a punch of salty sea flavors that round out this unlikely trio – and it works.

Photo by Lauren Coe

5. Al Biernat's

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4217 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 219-2201
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Liver and onions is usually associated with Grandma’s cookbook, but Al Biernat’s is making this southern dish a mainstay on their menu. The liver is strong-flavored in the best way, smothered in grilled onions and green bell peppers then served with charred vegetables and fresh Roma tomatoes. It’s elevated comfort food for anyone longing for a meal that feels like home.

Photo by Lauren Coe

6. The Old Monk

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2847 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 821-1880
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A hidden gem on the menu at The Old Monk, the chicken liver paté alone is worth the journey to the Knox/Henderson area. Look beyond the texture of what is basically a whipped chicken liver, and the paté is velvety, full flavored, and pairs wonderfully with one of their many beer selections. Served with crostinis and cornichons, the $6.50 price tag is unbeatable.

Jim L. – Yelp

7. Teppo

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2014 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-8989
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Half of the menu at Teppo could be boiled down to sushi, sashimi, and skewers. When it comes to yakitori, Teppo offers beef tongue, chicken hearts, liver, and quail eggs, among plenty of more familiar options. All delicately grilled, you can pick and choose your skewers for a meal that’s perfect for sharing with friends.

Photo by Lauren Coe

8. Gemma Restaurant

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2323 N Henderson Ave #109
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9426
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Despite the misleading name, this dish does not feature bread. Sweetbreads are actually part of a calf’s thymus gland, and after being battered and fried they take on the texture of lightly breaded nuggets. Gemma’s take on this pastoral classic is paired with pickled peppers, fresh frisee and a silky velouté.

Photo by Lauren Coe

9. Wabi House

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1802 Greenville Ave #100
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 779-6474
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Inside the quaint space of Wabi House, ramen lovers come to bask in the contemporary Asian flair and enjoy a distinct menu that features a wide variety of small plates. Salty, crunchy, and somehow still amazingly tender, Crispy Pork Ears stand out among the rest. A side of bonito aioli for dipping provides the perfect finishing touch.

Photo by Lauren Coe

10. Street's Fine Chicken

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3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(469) 917-7140
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A play on the more common chicharróne, Street’s “chickarones” are seasoned, deep fried chicken skins. The chili lime salt plus a squeeze of fresh limes on the side boosts this dish from just plain good to totally addictive. Street’s is famed for its chicken, brined for 24 hours in lemon, brown sugar and French herbs, so it’s only fitting that the skin would retain all of these amazing flavors. Ask the server for a bottle of Street’s house-made hot sauce, it’s a perfect way to compliment this salty snack.

Nick H. – Yelp

11. The Rustic

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3656 Howell St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 730-0596
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Also known as “Rocky Mountain oysters,” “prairie oysters,” or “cowboy oysters,” this dish literally takes some cojones. These cleverly named fries are actually calf testicles, but when breaded and fried they turn in to a popular southern dish that’s been around since the early ranching days in Texas and Oklahoma. Still skeptical? Some folks consider calf fries to be an aphrodisiac.

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12. CBD Provisions

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4500
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The name of this dish doesn’t mislead the daring diner, it’s the head of a pig cooked to perfection. After brining for four days, oven-baked and finished in a 500 degree oven, the skin is charred and caramelized while the flesh remains “cut with a fork” tender. Served alongside two types of salsa, pickled onions and tortillas, this savory family-style dish is in a category of its own. Note: the restaurant requires that this dish be ordered 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.

Photo by Lauren Coe

13. Jamaica Gates

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1020 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 795-2600
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Passing through Arlington? Swing by this Jamaican spot that’s offering up some of the best (and only) oxtail around. A Caribbean specialty, Jamaican-born Chef Barbara Renfro slow cooks the oxtail until it’s “fall off the bone” tender. Seasoned in authentic island spices and simmered with butter beans, it’s a trip to Jamaica without ever leaving DFW. Fun fact: Guy Fieri stopped by in 2009 to give this location a spot on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

TripAdvisor – TXSUMMERSUN

1. Taste of Poland European Tavern

2301 Central Expy #155, Plano, TX 75075
Courtney E. – Yelp

This European restaurant and deli is much more than meets the eye. Located in a Plano strip mall, the location boasts authentic Polish dishes, meats, cheeses, and other goods for you to enjoy in-house or take home. For a bona fide European experience, try Kishka – a traditional Polish blood sausage sautéed with onions and bacon (with a side of sauerkraut, naturally). On weekends, the restaurant serves a traditional tripe soup called flaki. Don’t forget to browse the market on the way out.

2301 Central Expy #155
Plano, TX 75075

2. BBQ Tonite

2540 Old Denton Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006
Photo by Lauren Coe

This Southern Indian delicacy is hard to track down in DFW, but at BBQ Tonite, goat brains are served masala style with onions, diced tomatoes, green peppers, cilantro, and a secret mix of herbs.

2540 Old Denton Rd
Carrollton, TX 75006

3. First Chinese B-B-Q

111 S Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX 75081
Naeun K. – Yelp

This modest Cantonese destination gives local diners a chance to ogle whole ducks and chickens hanging from silver rods slick with marinade while they choose one of the many diverse menu options. There’s even a possibility that an entire pig’s head might be close by. Look no further than number 533 on the menu — this dish of duck feet in black bean sauce is meaty, slightly chewy, and definitely delicious.

111 S Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081

4. Knife Dallas

5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
Photo by Lauren Coe

Just when bone marrow lost its shock value, Knife decided to reinvent this succulent appetizer by kicking things up a notch with bacon and caviar. The bacon coating creates the right amount of crunch, while caviar adds a punch of salty sea flavors that round out this unlikely trio – and it works.

5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

5. Al Biernat's

4217 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Photo by Lauren Coe

Liver and onions is usually associated with Grandma’s cookbook, but Al Biernat’s is making this southern dish a mainstay on their menu. The liver is strong-flavored in the best way, smothered in grilled onions and green bell peppers then served with charred vegetables and fresh Roma tomatoes. It’s elevated comfort food for anyone longing for a meal that feels like home.

4217 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

6. The Old Monk

2847 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Jim L. – Yelp

A hidden gem on the menu at The Old Monk, the chicken liver paté alone is worth the journey to the Knox/Henderson area. Look beyond the texture of what is basically a whipped chicken liver, and the paté is velvety, full flavored, and pairs wonderfully with one of their many beer selections. Served with crostinis and cornichons, the $6.50 price tag is unbeatable.

2847 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Teppo

2014 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Photo by Lauren Coe

Half of the menu at Teppo could be boiled down to sushi, sashimi, and skewers. When it comes to yakitori, Teppo offers beef tongue, chicken hearts, liver, and quail eggs, among plenty of more familiar options. All delicately grilled, you can pick and choose your skewers for a meal that’s perfect for sharing with friends.

2014 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Gemma Restaurant

2323 N Henderson Ave #109, Dallas, TX 75206
Photo by Lauren Coe

Despite the misleading name, this dish does not feature bread. Sweetbreads are actually part of a calf’s thymus gland, and after being battered and fried they take on the texture of lightly breaded nuggets. Gemma’s take on this pastoral classic is paired with pickled peppers, fresh frisee and a silky velouté.

2323 N Henderson Ave #109
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Wabi House

1802 Greenville Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75206
Photo by Lauren Coe

Inside the quaint space of Wabi House, ramen lovers come to bask in the contemporary Asian flair and enjoy a distinct menu that features a wide variety of small plates. Salty, crunchy, and somehow still amazingly tender, Crispy Pork Ears stand out among the rest. A side of bonito aioli for dipping provides the perfect finishing touch.

1802 Greenville Ave #100
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Street's Fine Chicken

3857 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219
Nick H. – Yelp

A play on the more common chicharróne, Street’s “chickarones” are seasoned, deep fried chicken skins. The chili lime salt plus a squeeze of fresh limes on the side boosts this dish from just plain good to totally addictive. Street’s is famed for its chicken, brined for 24 hours in lemon, brown sugar and French herbs, so it’s only fitting that the skin would retain all of these amazing flavors. Ask the server for a bottle of Street’s house-made hot sauce, it’s a perfect way to compliment this salty snack.

3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

11. The Rustic

3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204
The Rustic/Twitter

Also known as “Rocky Mountain oysters,” “prairie oysters,” or “cowboy oysters,” this dish literally takes some cojones. These cleverly named fries are actually calf testicles, but when breaded and fried they turn in to a popular southern dish that’s been around since the early ranching days in Texas and Oklahoma. Still skeptical? Some folks consider calf fries to be an aphrodisiac.

3656 Howell St
Dallas, TX 75204

12. CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
Photo by Lauren Coe

The name of this dish doesn’t mislead the daring diner, it’s the head of a pig cooked to perfection. After brining for four days, oven-baked and finished in a 500 degree oven, the skin is charred and caramelized while the flesh remains “cut with a fork” tender. Served alongside two types of salsa, pickled onions and tortillas, this savory family-style dish is in a category of its own. Note: the restaurant requires that this dish be ordered 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.

1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

13. Jamaica Gates

1020 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76013
TripAdvisor – TXSUMMERSUN

Passing through Arlington? Swing by this Jamaican spot that’s offering up some of the best (and only) oxtail around. A Caribbean specialty, Jamaican-born Chef Barbara Renfro slow cooks the oxtail until it’s “fall off the bone” tender. Seasoned in authentic island spices and simmered with butter beans, it’s a trip to Jamaica without ever leaving DFW. Fun fact: Guy Fieri stopped by in 2009 to give this location a spot on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

1020 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76013

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