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A Guide to Uncommon Meats in Philly

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12355134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29%20%281%29.jpgWith the amount of great chefs populating our city, it's no surprise that you'll see more than a few dishes that could challenge some palates by making use of less-familiar game meats and "leftover" parts. As we wind down our Five Days of Meat, Eater Philly has compiled a list of spots offering up creative takes on the "nasty bits" that you might not see every day.

In this list, you won't find any simple steaks, beef Wellington, or coq au vin. Instead, let's try to channel our inner Andrew Zimmerns and eat something a little less common from an animal that doesn't cross our plates every day. Maybe you'll even end up finding a new favorite.
— Dan McKay


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Watkins Drinkery

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1712 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 339-0175
While plenty of bars are happy to lean heavily on crowd-pleasing chicken, the menu at Watkins aims a good bit higher — you're far more likely to run into venison and duck here. They excel at swapping out the old standby proteins with more varied options, while retaining approachable forms: try the wild boar sloppy joes or a burrito stuffed with rabbit. [Photo: Two Eat Philly]

2. Southwark

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701 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 238-1888
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Plenty of people might resist eating heart that has been cooked, so it takes a brave eater willing to eat it raw. For those so inclined, Southwark's beef heart tartare offers an opportunity to try the organ in its simplest form. (You'll find it on their late-night menu.)

3. Czerw's Kielbasa

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3370 Tilton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134
(215) 423-1707
Fans of Bizarre Foods might be familiar with Czerw's Kielbasy from the show's visit to the family-owned sausage shop in 2011. For those trying to match the digestive courage of Andrew Zimmern, Czerw's kiszka (say "keesh'-ka") - a sausage made with pig's blood and liver - presents a formidable challenge. [Photo: Yelp]

4. Los Taquitos De Puebla

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1149 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 334-0664
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A traditional Mexican taqueria located in the Philly's Italian Market, Los Taquitos de Puebla serves up some pretty great Mexican fare. For the ambitious eater, their menu features several cuts of beef from the head including tongue and mouth tacos. The beef eye tacos are worth a try - even if it's because of a dare. [Photo: Midtown Lunch]

5. Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House

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1022 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-1550
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Chinatown, of course, is a hotbed of restaurants that enthusiastically embrace offal and lesser-known cuts of meat, especially if you find yourself ordering off the untranslated menu. Nan Zhou has several dishes that are built around these under-used animal parts, including sliced intestine soup. [Photo: Nan Zhou Noodle House]

6. Eulogy Belgian Tavern

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136 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 413-1918
Although Eulogy is probably best known for their extensive beer selection, with over 300 domestic and international options, they also have a kitchen serving up some pretty great food. Their Sausage Trio, which rotates seasonally, currently features venison, boar, and duck varieties. [Photo: Food Spotting]

7. Penrose Diner

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2016 Penrose Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 465-1097
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Scrapple is such a breakfast staple for anyone raised around here, it's easy to forget how extreme it seems to many out-of-towners. Uncommon or no, it fits the offal bill and we couldn't resist sneaking in a rec: the Penrose Diner is one of the best places to enjoy it in the Philly area. [Photo: Yelp]

8. Scoop DeVille

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1315 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 988-9992
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Given the ubiquity of bacon, it's no surprise at all to see the stuff weasel its way further and further into the dessert realm. One of Philly's most over-the-top examples is Scoop Deville's Country Breakfast ice cream, a house-made blend of butter pecan ice cream, maple syrup, and bacon bits - all topped with Golden Grahams cereal. [Photo:Yelp]

9. D'Angelo Bros. Meat Market

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909 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-5637
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For the adventurous cook, D'Angelo Brothers butcher shop in the Italian Market is your choice for hard to find game meat and sausage - you can even make your own custom sausage mix as long as you are willing to purchase five pounds. Choices like antelope, eland, and kangaroo could make for one seriously difficult Iron Chef-style secret ingredient. [Photo: D'Angelo Brothers ]

1. Watkins Drinkery

1712 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
While plenty of bars are happy to lean heavily on crowd-pleasing chicken, the menu at Watkins aims a good bit higher — you're far more likely to run into venison and duck here. They excel at swapping out the old standby proteins with more varied options, while retaining approachable forms: try the wild boar sloppy joes or a burrito stuffed with rabbit. [Photo: Two Eat Philly]
1712 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

2. Southwark

701 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Plenty of people might resist eating heart that has been cooked, so it takes a brave eater willing to eat it raw. For those so inclined, Southwark's beef heart tartare offers an opportunity to try the organ in its simplest form. (You'll find it on their late-night menu.)
701 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. Czerw's Kielbasa

3370 Tilton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Fans of Bizarre Foods might be familiar with Czerw's Kielbasy from the show's visit to the family-owned sausage shop in 2011. For those trying to match the digestive courage of Andrew Zimmern, Czerw's kiszka (say "keesh'-ka") - a sausage made with pig's blood and liver - presents a formidable challenge. [Photo: Yelp]
3370 Tilton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134

4. Los Taquitos De Puebla

1149 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
A traditional Mexican taqueria located in the Philly's Italian Market, Los Taquitos de Puebla serves up some pretty great Mexican fare. For the ambitious eater, their menu features several cuts of beef from the head including tongue and mouth tacos. The beef eye tacos are worth a try - even if it's because of a dare. [Photo: Midtown Lunch]
1149 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House

1022 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Chinatown, of course, is a hotbed of restaurants that enthusiastically embrace offal and lesser-known cuts of meat, especially if you find yourself ordering off the untranslated menu. Nan Zhou has several dishes that are built around these under-used animal parts, including sliced intestine soup. [Photo: Nan Zhou Noodle House]
1022 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Eulogy Belgian Tavern

136 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Although Eulogy is probably best known for their extensive beer selection, with over 300 domestic and international options, they also have a kitchen serving up some pretty great food. Their Sausage Trio, which rotates seasonally, currently features venison, boar, and duck varieties. [Photo: Food Spotting]
136 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

7. Penrose Diner

2016 Penrose Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Scrapple is such a breakfast staple for anyone raised around here, it's easy to forget how extreme it seems to many out-of-towners. Uncommon or no, it fits the offal bill and we couldn't resist sneaking in a rec: the Penrose Diner is one of the best places to enjoy it in the Philly area. [Photo: Yelp]
2016 Penrose Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

8. Scoop DeVille

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Given the ubiquity of bacon, it's no surprise at all to see the stuff weasel its way further and further into the dessert realm. One of Philly's most over-the-top examples is Scoop Deville's Country Breakfast ice cream, a house-made blend of butter pecan ice cream, maple syrup, and bacon bits - all topped with Golden Grahams cereal. [Photo:Yelp]
1315 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. D'Angelo Bros. Meat Market

909 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
For the adventurous cook, D'Angelo Brothers butcher shop in the Italian Market is your choice for hard to find game meat and sausage - you can even make your own custom sausage mix as long as you are willing to purchase five pounds. Choices like antelope, eland, and kangaroo could make for one seriously difficult Iron Chef-style secret ingredient. [Photo: D'Angelo Brothers ]
909 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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