10 Best Offal Dishes in Metro Phoenix

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All photos by Lauren Saria
There's plenty of awesome offal to be discovered in Phoenix, including this pork intestine appetizer from Lucky's King Wah in Glendale.
Offal often gets a bad rap for being the odds and ends of animals that no one wants to eat. The term, a British one, refers to non-muscle parts of a butchered animal. It covers all sorts of tasty bits like intestine, liver, kidneys, feet, head, brain, tongue and more. And we'll admit, these aren't exactly the sexiest of ingredients. But these days, thanks to inventive chefs and a rising interest in culinary adventure, offal is on the rise.

Of course you've never had to look any farther that your favorite ethnic joint to find these often flavorful but overlooked protein sources. But now they're also making their way onto upscale, New American menus too. So move over, pâté, and make room, foie gras, because you're not the coolest cuts on the butcher block any more. Here's our list of the ten best offal dishes in metro Phoenix.

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Lauren Saria
The pho dac biet at Pho Thahn come with all the usual garnishes and a not-so-usual beef bits inside.
Pho Dac Biet
Pho Thanh Restaurant
1702 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix
602-242-1979

At Pho Thanh you can count on finding super-cheap and authentic Vietnamese eats, and that description includes this bowl of brimming beef parts. In Pho Dac Biet, or "special" pho, you'll find slices of beef meat mixed in with chewy chunks of tripe and soft, rich sections of tendon. If the idea of noshing on connective tissue seems offputting, don't fret. In fact, the gelatinous texture and beefy, fatty flavor of tendon might just remind you of pork belly. Dressed up with bright bites of cilantro and crunchy bean sprouts, you're in for an offal treat with this dish.

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Lauren Saria
This creamy pâté is even on the happy hour menu.
Chicken Liver Pâté
The Gladly
2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
602-759-8132
www.thegladly.com

There's a simple pleasure that comes with eating pâté, assuming you're not grossed out by the idea of eating liver. To us, at least, this dish feels rustic and traditional. At The Gladly the pâté appetizer comes with Dijon mustard, pickled onions and capers, all of which can be piled or spread atop toasted bread. If you're not a regular offal eater this pâté is a great place to start since the mild flavor won't leave you feeling like you're eating anything strange. It's wonderfully smooth -- actually downright creamy -- and complemented well by the crisp, buttery bread sourced from north Phoenix's Panini Bakery.


Location Info

Pho Thanh Restaurant

1702 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Gladly

2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lucky's King Wah

4306 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Merced

855 W. University Drive, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Great Wall Hong Kong Cuisine

3446 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Halo-Halo Kitchen

3553 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Rinconcito del D.F.

8901 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Asadero Norte De Sonora

122 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

New Hong Kong Restaurant

2328 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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4 comments
Sue White
Sue White

I would gladly eat bark, leaves, or moss over any of that awful offal! I had to slice head cheese for people as a summer college job once. Nasty nasty nasty.

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