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Offal-y Good: 11 Places to Get a Nose-to-Tail Fix

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The name may not be the most appealing, and offal (the heart, liver, tripe, head, etc.) may not be for everyone. But for those looking to dip their toes into the offal world, and for those who are already self-appointed nose-to-tail enthusiasts, here's a map of 11 must-try dishes around town.
Katie Chudy


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. T.W. Food

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377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-4745
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Foie Gras Creme Brulee: During the jazz brunch menu, diners can start their day with a foie gras creme brulee complete with brioche toast and quince. Alternatively, opt for the foie gras omelette because after all, breakfast is the most important meal. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Giulia

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1682 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 441-2800
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Duck Heart Spiedini: Skewered duck hearts are available as a sfizzi, or a small appetizer, adorned with pickled onion and apple. Follow up with one of their homemade pasta dishes, which are made fresh and in-house daily. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

3. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(857) 259-6585
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House-made Spaghetti: At sister restaurant Craigie on Main, nose-to-tail dining is celebrated, and the menu at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter continues the party with a pasta dish that is fortified with a chicken liver cream, pumpkin, and brown butter. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

4. Hungry Mother

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233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 499-0090
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Wagyu Beef Tongue au Jus: A meal at this popular Cambridge restaurant can begin with wagyu beef tongue, served with baguette toast, dijon, and Robinson Swiss. [Photo: Foursquare]

5. The Blue Room

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1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 494-9034
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Beef Heart Bolognese: The Blue Room's pasta offering is a tagliatelle with beef heart bolognese and mascarpone. [Photo: Official Site]

6. Tavern Road

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343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 790-0808
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Pig Tongue: Fresh ricotta, shiso peppers, and tomato jam are joined by pig’s tongue on Tavern Road’s dinner menu. On the late-night menu, duck liver mousse is up for the taking. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

7. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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Calf’s Liver Au Poivre: This play off of the classic French dish, steak au poivre, swaps out the steak and opts for calf’s liver instead. Other offal options on the menu include a terrine of foie gras and roasted bone marrow. [Photo: Facebook]

8. Boston Chops

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1375 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 227-5011
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Chicken Fried Sweetbreads: Found in the “Rarely Celebrated” section of the menu, the chicken fried sweetbreads are served with onion and a port fig glaze. Also available: brined, braised, and grilled tongue (served with pickles and sauce ravigote) and braised tripe (accompanied by garbanzo beans and a soffrito ragout). [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

9. Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar

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1700 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 264-8900
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Beef Tongue Slider: Available as an aperitivo, the beef tongue slider is topped with slaw and a chipotle aioli. Also on the menu, a foie gras terrine served with olive oil crumble and kabocha squash mostarda. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

10. Toro

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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Corazon: Meaning “heart” in Spanish and serving up just that, this dish offers the organ smoked and served with romesco. Additionally of note, the mollejas—crispy veal sweetbreads accented by blood orange, fermented black beans, and celery root. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

11. The Haven

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2 Perkins St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-2836
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Haggis and Neeps: Those in the know know that when you order haggis and neeps, they’re asking for minced lamb offal with oats and spices, traditionally wrapped in stomach (haggis) and a combination of mashed turnips and rutabaga (neeps). Available as either an appetizer or an entree. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

1. T.W. Food

377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Foie Gras Creme Brulee: During the jazz brunch menu, diners can start their day with a foie gras creme brulee complete with brioche toast and quince. Alternatively, opt for the foie gras omelette because after all, breakfast is the most important meal. [Photo: Facebook]
377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Giulia

1682 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Duck Heart Spiedini: Skewered duck hearts are available as a sfizzi, or a small appetizer, adorned with pickled onion and apple. Follow up with one of their homemade pasta dishes, which are made fresh and in-house daily. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
1682 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143
House-made Spaghetti: At sister restaurant Craigie on Main, nose-to-tail dining is celebrated, and the menu at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter continues the party with a pasta dish that is fortified with a chicken liver cream, pumpkin, and brown butter. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA 02141
Wagyu Beef Tongue au Jus: A meal at this popular Cambridge restaurant can begin with wagyu beef tongue, served with baguette toast, dijon, and Robinson Swiss. [Photo: Foursquare]
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141

5. The Blue Room

1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139
Beef Heart Bolognese: The Blue Room's pasta offering is a tagliatelle with beef heart bolognese and mascarpone. [Photo: Official Site]
1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. Tavern Road

343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Pig Tongue: Fresh ricotta, shiso peppers, and tomato jam are joined by pig’s tongue on Tavern Road’s dinner menu. On the late-night menu, duck liver mousse is up for the taking. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

7. Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Calf’s Liver Au Poivre: This play off of the classic French dish, steak au poivre, swaps out the steak and opts for calf’s liver instead. Other offal options on the menu include a terrine of foie gras and roasted bone marrow. [Photo: Facebook]
528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

8. Boston Chops

1375 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Chicken Fried Sweetbreads: Found in the “Rarely Celebrated” section of the menu, the chicken fried sweetbreads are served with onion and a port fig glaze. Also available: brined, braised, and grilled tongue (served with pickles and sauce ravigote) and braised tripe (accompanied by garbanzo beans and a soffrito ragout). [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
1375 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

9. Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar

1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445
Beef Tongue Slider: Available as an aperitivo, the beef tongue slider is topped with slaw and a chipotle aioli. Also on the menu, a foie gras terrine served with olive oil crumble and kabocha squash mostarda. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
1700 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445

10. Toro

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Corazon: Meaning “heart” in Spanish and serving up just that, this dish offers the organ smoked and served with romesco. Additionally of note, the mollejas—crispy veal sweetbreads accented by blood orange, fermented black beans, and celery root. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

11. The Haven

2 Perkins St, Boston, MA 02130
Haggis and Neeps: Those in the know know that when you order haggis and neeps, they’re asking for minced lamb offal with oats and spices, traditionally wrapped in stomach (haggis) and a combination of mashed turnips and rutabaga (neeps). Available as either an appetizer or an entree. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
2 Perkins St
Boston, MA 02130

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