Thursday, October 23, 2014

Exotic Eats

Boston's five oddest dishes

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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations ends its nine-year run in a few weeks. Which means that soon, you'll need to go eat weird stuff yourself.

The good news is, you don't need a passport. Here are the top exotic foods from around the city that will make your burger too boring to settle for. (Thankfully, there's no roasted pig anus.)

Alligator Meatballs at Trina's Starlite Lounge
You've worn the belts and the shoes — all that's left now is to eat the damn alligator. Try it in the Southern wedding soup (with collard greens, ditalini pasta and endive), a brand-new addition to the menu at Trina's.
3 Beacon St., Inman Square (617-576-0006). $8.

Geoduck at New Jumbo Seafood
Don't be fooled by the name. Geoduck doesn't quack, it's a large, thick clam that's a prized Asian delicacy. New Jumbo Seafood serves it Cantonese style: raw, shaved into large strips and strangely delicious enough to make Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmerman's list of must-try Boston eats.
5 Hudson St., Chinatown (617-542-2823). Market price. 

Grasshopper at Tu Y Yo
Definitely the tastiest thing that also lives on your lawn. Known as chapulines, these insects are served in six deep-fried tacos as a salty, crunchy street food favorite straight from the Oaxaca region.
858 Broadway, Somerville (617-623-5411). $13.50.

Liver and Tongue at Rubin's
Depending on how you grew up, the chopped chicken liver and tongue at this Brookline kosher deli may or may not be an exotic taste. Sure, both are packed with enough fat and cholesterol to make your doctor and personal trainer cry, but served on a slice of marble rye, they're just too good to pass over.
500 Harvard St., Brookline (617-731-8787). $10-13.

Chicken Hearts at Midwest Grill
Just when you think you know chicken, you discover this. Wood-grilled to perfection, these bite-sized organs look like miniature chicken nuggets but pack a crunchy, savory punch that you definitely won't find in any place with a drive-thru window.
1124 Cambridge St., Cambridge (617-354-7536). Served buffet style $14-25.

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