5 Foods With Fear Factor in Dallas

Unless you're a reality TV show contestant, you probably won't ever crave alligator, raw meat and seaweed. If you're a foodie, on the other hand, you're willing to try just about anything, blood, guts and all. These Dallas restaurants are known for challenging even the most adventurous of palates. (Alligators by Shutterstock)

Updated: October 19, 2009

Spook-or-Dare Fare

Alligator Cafe

4416 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75204

FRIED ALLIGATOR TAIL: Maybe it's a Cajun thang, but this from-scratch Cajun joint on Live Oak Street gets props for having alligator tail on its menu (Duh, what else would you expect from Alligator Cafe?). Locals say it tastes just like chicken, and is even more enjoyable with hush puppies and french fries.

Bangkok City @ Greenville Thai Restaurant in Dallas

4503 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

SEAWEED SALAD: This Greenville Avenue restaurant is known for Thai favorites, along with its signature seaweed salad. Sure, those strings may be salty as all get out, but you'll be rewarded nutritionwise by the mineral-rich food.

Si Tapas & Spanish Cuisine

2207 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204

OXTAIL STEW: Rabo de Toro just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Well, if you think about the origin of your food at all, this Spanish delicacy may rattle you. The delicious, fall-off-the-bone meat comes from oxtail.

T/x Restaurant

2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

TARTARE: Living in Dallas, you've probably had about 1,000 versions of beef, from barbecue to grilled steaks. But have you tried it raw? The tartare dish is prettily dressed with egg and caviar on top, which makes you forget--temporarily at least--the cold flesh.

Nana Restaurant Hilton Anatole

2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207

Sometimes the most luxurious restaurants can have the most intimidating menu items. The esteemed chef of the Hilton Anatole restaurant offers adventure in his plate of Berkshire pork belly--and ice cream with curry whipped cream for dessert.