10 Best Offal Dishes in Metro Phoenix

There's plenty of awesome offal to be discovered in Phoenix, including this pork intestine appetizer from Lucky's King Wah in Glendale.
There's plenty of awesome offal to be discovered in Phoenix, including this pork intestine appetizer from Lucky's King Wah in Glendale.
All photos by Lauren Saria

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.

The pho dac biet at Pho Thahn come with all the usual garnishes and a not-so-usual beef bits inside.
The pho dac biet at Pho Thahn come with all the usual garnishes and a not-so-usual beef bits inside.
Lauren Saria

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.

This creamy pâté is even on the happy hour menu.
This creamy pâté is even on the happy hour menu.
Lauren Saria

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.



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