Austin What is offal, you say? Well, it refers to meat -- specifically internal organs, entrails or... just the "leftovers". Either way, when prepared by a skilled chef, it can become "I don't care WHAT this is"-level delicious. We’ve rounded up a few options for those of you who aren't afraid to broaden your horizons...
It’s not bread, it’s not sweet, IT’S A THYMUS GLAND! This delicate meat is prepared masterfully at Parkside, served with a tangy bonito tonnato sauce, tomato confit, and fried capers. Also, check out their happy hour, it’s one of the best in town. Continue Reading
Noble Sandwich Co.
Try the tender, juicy oxtail served on a potato & leek waffle with a beautiful fried egg placed on top. It’s served with fat potato wedges and a nice little pile of pickled accoutrements.
Épicerie Café & Grocery
Épicerie’s scrapple is made by simmering a pig’s head until the meat falls off the bone, then grinding it with pork blood. Buckwheat, grits, and spices are added, and it’s served on top of brioche toast with a perfect fried egg. Mmm...
East Cesar Chavez
Las Trancas serves authentic Mexican street tacos, and the most popular offering is their Tripa Taco, made from beef intestines that are thoroughly cleaned and fried until crispy. Pair that with their tomatillo sauce and you’re a happy camper.
Right on Sixth Street, Parkside is a relatively upscale gastropub known for its raw bar and wine selection. Though the oysters are sourced from all over the country and the wine menu is more than two pages long, don't think it's just a wine and oyster bar. The menu features protein entrees, a knockout cheeseburger, and Texan craft beers.
Epicerie is a one-stop shop for specialty groceries, a cup of joe, and artisanal cafe fare. Try the specialty meats and cheeses and enjoy the outdoor dining or just take a morning coffee break.
Contigo Austin strives to bring the ranch to the people, having patrons sit down at large wooden tables on an equally expansive patio to chow down on flawless BBQ, other seasonally diverse menu items, and a long list of craft beer. Open for dinner and brunch, you can enjoy outdoor or indoor seating, as well as some great happy hour specials. Contigo is the perfect place to catch up with friends or bring a more casual date.
Head out to this food truck, situated in an empty parking lot, and grab some of their cheap tacos. The sauces, like Monterrey Mesquite BBQ, add a nice kick. The best move? Corn tortilla, extra crispy, extra green sauce. Don't think, just order.
With a serious commitment to "real food," Noble Sandwich Co. will serve you nothing boxed, canned, shipped or pre-sliced. Sandwiches here are pieced together purely with handcrafted ingredients -- house-smoked bacon, hand-made chorizo, famous Noble rye pickles, and of course, house-baked bread. The menu lists a collection of biscuit breakfast sandwiches (the biscuits are fresh-baked, of course), but the savory lunch options are inarguably the standout offering -- smoked duck pastrami, thai chicken with jalapeño-cabbage slaw, potato chip-encrusted catfish, and the crowning jewel of the sandwich options: The Noble Pig (spicy ham, pulled pork, AND bacon with provolone and mustard), all of which are served between slices of still-warm, thick-cut bread. If the triple-meat combo sounds a little heavy, all sandwiches can be served on a lettuce wrap or gluten-free bread.