Every spring the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food presents the "Ethnic Market Tour," a chef-guided bus ride to some of Dallas' secret sources for unusual foodstuffs. Guests ride from Indian grocery to Vietnamese market, loading up on nuac mam and samosas along the way. Considering the attitude toward carnivorousness these days, I guess it's not surprising that Hirsch's Specialty Meats and Sausages ended up as a destination on this year's exotic foods search. Hirsch's is really just an old-fashioned butcher--selling prime beef, making sausages, and processing (your) venison--but high-quality meat, cut to your specs, free from plastic wrap and styrofoam, sold by someone who understands anatomy, is a modern delicacy.
--Mary Brown Malouf
Hirsch's Specialty Meats and Sausages, 1929 W. Parker Rd. #109, (972) 964-5593