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16 Places to Stomach Offal Around Portland

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For those of us who aren't super familiar with the term "offal," it encompasses the organs and entrails of a butchered animal, most of which are a part of traditional dishes and delicacies in countries around the world. For some, the thought of eating intestine or heart may trigger an awful gag reflex (aren't homophones fun?), while for others, their tummies be grumbling. Here we have 16 spots around Portland that take whole animal use to the next level.

(Of course, there are many more taquerias and pho spots using offal, let us know where we missed in the comments section below.)


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Angel Food and Fun

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Menudo is not only an amazing Mexican pop boy band, it’s also traditional soup with beef tripe (stomach) and it’s commonly referred to as a magical hangover cure. [Photo]

Brother Express

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One of Cartlandia’s most popular food carts, this big red truck serves a trio of offal tacos in the form of tripa (cow stomach), buche (pig stomach), and lengua.

Bun Bo Hue

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Order any of the soups from the Bun section of the menu and out comes a bowl of spicy, rich broth with noodles, meat, and cubes of pig blood. It’s a great way to get that extra iron and also try an authentic Vietnamese dish right without leaving the country. [Photo]

Clyde Common

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Chef Carlos Lamagna has many delicious offal options on his menu, ranging from pickled beef tongue with bone marrow to foie gras torchon to a sharable crispy pata, aka deep fried pig trotters. [Photo]

The Frying Scotsman

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Here is how you really experience offal all in one bowl—lambs heart, liver, and lung all stuffed into a sheep’s stomach. The traditional Scottish dish, haggis, can be found at the fish and chips cart downtown at the 9th and Alder pod. The dish was originally just on special periodically, but now it’s a fixture on the small menu. [Photo]

Weekly soup specials showcase many interesting ingredients at this small Vietnamese lunch spot. On Friday, head in to try the Phnom Penh noodle soup with a mix of seafood, pork liver, and bbq pork. [Photo]

Horse Brass Pub

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For offal hunters, it's steak and kidney pie at this English eatery: similar to a pot pie, but this one has lamb kidneys with steak, stewed tomatoes, and gravy. And it comes with chips and pickle. [Photo]

The Russians know how to do offal too: cholodetz, a terrine of jellied beef shank and veal feet comes with hard boiled egg and spicy mustard. There’s crispy beef tongue with sweet onion sauce, kumquat, and parsley, and a beef tongue stroganoff—lap that up with egg noodles, mushrooms, and cognac smetana sauce. [Photo]

Lucky Strike Chinese Restaurant

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Crank up your heat tolerance for spicy pork intestine marinated in a Chinese 10 spice, simmered with a trio of peppers, garlic, and ginger. And how many places in town can you say, “I’ll add a side of pig intestines” to your soup for two dollars? [Photo]

Mi Mero Mole

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Hit either of Nick Zuckan’s taquerias locations—Chinatown or Division—for smoked lengua tacos with cactus, potatoes, in a tomatillo sauce. [Photo]

Offal comes fresh off the grill at this Argentinean-meets-Portlandian hot spot. Spicy braised tripe is paired with octopus, there’s lamb heart panzanella salad, a smoked beef tongue vinaigrette dresses an ensalda rusa (potato salad), a foie gras terrine comes with fresh peaches and watercress, and there’s even some blood sausage to round out the list.

The Parish

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As the saying goes, at the Parish they are “as serious as a... quartet of animal hearts” with a dish called the Heart Attack. Each heart is served in its own preparation: a rabbit heart comes with creole mustard and shallots, the duck with sweet hot chili sauce, a lamb heart with apple creme fraiche slaw, and the cow with a lemon herb aioli. [Photo]

Phở An

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Tripe, tendon, and pizzle (yes, that’s penis) abound at this Vietnamese pho spot. You can pretty much take your pick and experience offal in a tangy broth with rice noodles until your hearts content. [Photo]

Stella Taco

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This very newly opened El Paso-style taqueria on Alberta Street has lengua tacos, with roasted beef tongue, a vinegar slaw, and grilled green onions on their inaugural menu. [Photo]

Szechuan Chef

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Weed through this large, authentic Chinese menu and find six different preparations of pork intestines and three kidney dishes. Intestine is also an option on the “All You Can Eat Hot Pot” menu—that’s one way to get your fill. [Photo]

Tambayan Restaurant

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At this traditional Filipino restaurant many of the house specialties make use of offal, including bopis, a dish with pork entrails simmered in soy sauce with peppers and garlic, and paksiw na lechon, a liver soup base with deep fried pork belly. [Photo]

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Angel Food and Fun

Menudo is not only an amazing Mexican pop boy band, it’s also traditional soup with beef tripe (stomach) and it’s commonly referred to as a magical hangover cure. [Photo]

Brother Express

One of Cartlandia’s most popular food carts, this big red truck serves a trio of offal tacos in the form of tripa (cow stomach), buche (pig stomach), and lengua.

Bun Bo Hue

Order any of the soups from the Bun section of the menu and out comes a bowl of spicy, rich broth with noodles, meat, and cubes of pig blood. It’s a great way to get that extra iron and also try an authentic Vietnamese dish right without leaving the country. [Photo]

Clyde Common

Chef Carlos Lamagna has many delicious offal options on his menu, ranging from pickled beef tongue with bone marrow to foie gras torchon to a sharable crispy pata, aka deep fried pig trotters. [Photo]

The Frying Scotsman

Here is how you really experience offal all in one bowl—lambs heart, liver, and lung all stuffed into a sheep’s stomach. The traditional Scottish dish, haggis, can be found at the fish and chips cart downtown at the 9th and Alder pod. The dish was originally just on special periodically, but now it’s a fixture on the small menu. [Photo]

Ha VL

Weekly soup specials showcase many interesting ingredients at this small Vietnamese lunch spot. On Friday, head in to try the Phnom Penh noodle soup with a mix of seafood, pork liver, and bbq pork. [Photo]

Horse Brass Pub

For offal hunters, it's steak and kidney pie at this English eatery: similar to a pot pie, but this one has lamb kidneys with steak, stewed tomatoes, and gravy. And it comes with chips and pickle. [Photo]

Kachka

The Russians know how to do offal too: cholodetz, a terrine of jellied beef shank and veal feet comes with hard boiled egg and spicy mustard. There’s crispy beef tongue with sweet onion sauce, kumquat, and parsley, and a beef tongue stroganoff—lap that up with egg noodles, mushrooms, and cognac smetana sauce. [Photo]

Lucky Strike Chinese Restaurant

Crank up your heat tolerance for spicy pork intestine marinated in a Chinese 10 spice, simmered with a trio of peppers, garlic, and ginger. And how many places in town can you say, “I’ll add a side of pig intestines” to your soup for two dollars? [Photo]

Mi Mero Mole

Hit either of Nick Zuckan’s taquerias locations—Chinatown or Division—for smoked lengua tacos with cactus, potatoes, in a tomatillo sauce. [Photo]

Ox

Offal comes fresh off the grill at this Argentinean-meets-Portlandian hot spot. Spicy braised tripe is paired with octopus, there’s lamb heart panzanella salad, a smoked beef tongue vinaigrette dresses an ensalda rusa (potato salad), a foie gras terrine comes with fresh peaches and watercress, and there’s even some blood sausage to round out the list.

The Parish

As the saying goes, at the Parish they are “as serious as a... quartet of animal hearts” with a dish called the Heart Attack. Each heart is served in its own preparation: a rabbit heart comes with creole mustard and shallots, the duck with sweet hot chili sauce, a lamb heart with apple creme fraiche slaw, and the cow with a lemon herb aioli. [Photo]

Phở An

Tripe, tendon, and pizzle (yes, that’s penis) abound at this Vietnamese pho spot. You can pretty much take your pick and experience offal in a tangy broth with rice noodles until your hearts content. [Photo]

Stella Taco