Bloody Good: Where to Partake of Palatable Plasma

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Boudin noir before being cooked.
When I order steak at restaurants, I tend to make tired jokes about how rare I like it.

"I want my meat black and blue," I'll say. "Bring it to me still bleeding."

Though I don't literally want my steak bleeding onto my plate, there are some instances where a little blood in my meal makes it all the better. No, I'm not referring to when chefs season a dish inadvertently (see our October piece on horrific kitchen injuries). I'm talking about blood soup, blood sausage and any other dish that benefits from a little bit of the sanguine sauce.

In Houston, there are a number of restaurants at which you can get your fix. Just, maybe, don't bring your squeamish friends along. Cubed blood is not for the faint of heart. Or stomach.

5. Boudin Noir at Café Rabelais
Because we reside in such close proximity to Louisiana and the Cajun and Creole bounty that comprises much of its cuisine, I'm always surprised when a friend sees "boudin noir" on a menu and asks me what it is. "Just order it," I always say, smiling devilishly on the inside. "It's super tasty." It is, of course, delicious, but many people are less than enthused at the prospect of eating blood encased in intestines. Boudin noir originated in France, so it makes sense that some of the best blood sausage in town can be found at the delightful French restaurant Café Rabelais. Here, it's made from ground pork and pig's blood, then grilled and serve on mashed potatoes with a side of caramelized apples.

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This isn't actually from Brian O'Neill's, but it does feature black pudding prominently.
4. Black & White Pudding at Brian O'Neill's
The traditional British dish black pudding can be difficult to find in Houston since Feast closed, but it is available where many people might not expect: at Brian O'Neill's Irish pub. Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and one of the items on the menu during this time is an "Irish Breakfast," consisting of two fried eggs, a fried tomato, Irish bangers (sausage), Irish rashers (bacon-esque) and black and white pudding. Black pudding is essentially the British version of blood sausage (think less spicy than boudin noir and made with oatmeal), while white pudding is a similar sausage prepared without the blood that gives its cousin its signature black hue.

Location Info

Cafe Rabelais

2442 Times Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


807 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Polonia Restaurant

1780 Blalock, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brian O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub - CLOSED

5555 Morningside, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Kim Chau Restaurant

6806 Long Point, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Also, the hardest blood dish to eat (for me at least) is dinuguan, which I had at a Filipino restaurant in Corpus Christi.


Not a restaurant, but you can get Korean blood sausage at Hmart.

Kathy Stabe
Kathy Stabe

I love blood sausage. Not sure I can get my brain past the chunks of concealed blood though. Even if it's delicious, just thinking about eating it is making me a little queasy.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@glennaa  Which restaurant in Corpus? I'm from there and have never had anything like that!


@KaitlinS It was in 2009, so I'm not totally sure, but I just looked online and the Filipino Cafe serves dinuguan, Seems too far south to be the restaurant I went to, but it's possible.  Corpus also had a Filipino grocery store that sold balut.  I never could get the courage up to buy one of those.

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